Since founding Wind Horse over a decade ago, New Delhi DJ and producer Hamza Rahimtula has released a number of expressive singles for his pioneering imprint, as well as on the likes of Kompakt, King Street, and Adaptation Music. Hamza’s musical mission has been to seamlessly merge floor-driving deep and tech-house styles with a reverent helping of global musical traditions. On his latest single for Viva Recordings, Hamza expands on this by delving deeper and techier into his distinctive style. And on the flip side, he introduces Mehul Pant, a fellow New Delhi-based DJ/producer and collaborator on the single’s title song.
The first cut is “Bourj Hammoud,” potently driven by a pulsing low end. A kick-and-hi-hat shuffle is accented with distant vocal proclamations as the track steadily builds. A gorgeous and ghostly breakdown introduces exotic melodies, and the tune masterfully opens up with crisp percussion. “Tonemes” follows, and Hamza is joined by Mehul Pant for an excursion into the deep and minimal. Percussive electronics are accompanied by reverbed hits and washes, and various sonic treatments float in and out of the stereo field. The track has a dead-of-night feel, effectively soundtracking a tight afterhours affair. This one’s for deep diving.
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “Bourj Hammoud is great! Love the deepness.”
Bryan Lyons (Flammable) – “Super deep & Super good. Can’t wait to bounce this on a system.”
KJ (Integrity Recordings) – “Deep & Moody late night offering.”
Spaceotter (Camp Conception/SCOHM) – “Bourj Hammoud is so deep, chill and evocative. Love it.”
Rob Paine (Worship Recordings) – “Super dubby and groove, just how I like my riddims. The landscape is nice too. Ancient vibes!”
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings) – “Smooooooth! Two great tracks for different moods. Awesome as ever.”
Hippie Torrales (Cyberjamz Radio) – “Digging this nice, deep groove.”
Miguel Garji (Deepfusion Radio Show) – “Great job. Support on Ibiza Global Radio.”
Sandro Bianchi (Ibiza Sonica) – “Tonemes for me!”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex) – “Oh now this is absolutely lovely! Fantastic compositions from Hamza Rahimtula & Mehul Pant. Full support!”
Jay Zimmerman (Block FM) – “Love the slow, bubbly groove that keeps on going. Feels like I’m floating over the sand dunes of Tatooine.”