DescriptionBuilding on the overwhelming success of his debut Sufi Soul EP, New Delhi-based producer/DJ Hamza issues another massive house music release - the Dusk Till Dawn EP. For this special collection of tracks Hamza enlists the legendary vocal talent of composer-singer David Hykes, pioneer of the overtone-based chant tradition called 'Harmonic Chant', with twelve albums and numerous film scores to his credit. Hykes, founder of The Harmonic Choir, since 1975 considered the world's pre-eminent overtone vocal ensemble, will be appearing in the Delhi Sacred Arts Festival in March 2010, and is currently on tour in the United States.
'Harmonic Chant', sometimes called "overtone singing" or "throat singing," is a mysterious technique which allows the singer to produce more than one musical note at once. The origins of this approach can be traced to ancient traditions in the Tibetan/Tuvan/Mongolian regions, and has been related to the expression of transcendent states of consciousness. Indeed, Hykes has collabored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Gyuto Monks. In bringing this ancient tradition to modern dancefloors, Hamza's experience as a DJ and an accomplished electronic dance music producer has combined smoothly with David Hykes' "vocal music of the spheres" for a duo of contemplative house masterworks. "Dusk" and "Dawn" sit side-by-side on this EP as the impressive results of this collaboration.
In "Dusk", a driving tech-house rhythm peels away to reveal David Hykes' exotic, soaring vocal line. Once Hamza's beats and music return Hykes' voice melds with the dance-scape, becoming a perfectly subtle layer within the depth of the song. Eclectic percussion and a determined low-end further assure the track's place on the DJ's playlist. A 'tech-dub' of "Dusk" shifts focus to a sparser rhythm which gives more space for Hykes' vocal magic to cut through the mix.
Hamza's collaboration takes a different direction with the understated "Dawn". Led by a crisp broken beat pattern and a rolling bassline, Hykes' 'Harmonic Chant' becomes more of an atmospheric flourish amongst the steady build. Muted key stabs and a high-end synth melody appear within the track, adding some lightness to an otherwise ominous mood. The tune effortlessly breezes through its ten minutes, making "Dawn" a potential highlight in an evening's DJ set.
The Dusk Till Dawn EP is the second offering from Wind Horse Records, a label started by Hamza Rahimtula to bring attention to the innovative house music sounds coming out of India. With this release Wind Horse Records and Hamza are set to bring new and evocative sounds to nightclubs worldwide while introducing new listeners to the immeasurable vocal talent of David Hykes. It's a fantastic effort, sure to help secure Hamza's place as one of the more ambitious house music producers working today.