Prominent Indian DJ and producer Hamza returns for the eighth release on his Wind Horse Records, further stretching the boundaries of what house music can accomplish when combined with musical styles from around the world. In this release, the Morchang Tales EP, Hamza also continues his collaborative streak by working with a team of percussionists, the Indian vocalist Loopy Juice, and lovingly incorporates the rhythmic styles of another continent. The result is a trio of songs that are both otherworldly and melodic, yet still steeped in house music traditions, guaranteeing an EP of unique floor-fillers. Hamza has worked his magic once again.
The title of the EP and the opening track, "Morchang Tales," refers to the morchang, a small, mouthpiece instrument typical of the Indian desert region of Rajasthan, the home of many gypsy musicians. Performing this instrument and accompanying Hamza are the Rajasthani Percussionists. This rhythmic crew has been playing live over Hamza's DJ gigs throughout India to much acclaim and they hope to accompany him in upcoming worldwide tours. "Morchang Tales" is Hamza's first of many planned recordings with the Rajasthani Percussionists. The basis of the track is a synthetic drumbeat and a booming four-on-the-floor kick. From this foundation the Percussionists layer their rhythms and the didgeridoo-like tones of the morchang as Hamza builds pulsating synths and hypnotic melodies throughout. It's a winding, extended cut allowing many possibilities for the DJ and blissful, "lost in music" moments for the listener.
Following this is "Namaste Rio," featuring UK-based vocalist and frequent Wind Horse contributor Loopy Juice. Hamza's idea for "Namaste Rio" and its title is quite interesting. "This is a message to Brazil," says Hamza. "I have always felt a karmic connection with that country and its music. India and Brazil need to come together and shake the floors worldwide!" "Namaste Rio" is a good start. The cut begins with South American-inspired rhythms and keenly fuses these with Wind Horse's expansive sound. Loopy Juice's electronically treated, truncated vocals add to the rhythms as a deep, bouncy baseline points the way to the dance floor. A massive percussion breakdown at the center increases the rhythmic energy, creating a surefire explosive nightclub moment.
"Sufi Moon" closes the EP on a mystical, yet driving note. The nature of this track is inspired by Hamza's own neighborhood in Delhi. Not only was the ancient inventor of the tabla and sitar born nearby, but the area also has a strong history of Sufi musicians and practitioners. "Sufi Moon" was inspired by the lunar light of a full moon over Hamza's neighborhood. It's the most explicitly Indian-sounding track on the EP as it features a tabla moving the rhythm, as well as mysterious vocoded harmonies and an effective breakdown with a dramatic, synth-led build. "Sufi Moon" will certainly rouse any dancers awaiting under a night sky.
Once again, with the Morchang Tales EP, Wind Horse Records and Hamza brilliantly explore textures and rhythmic possibilities within house music and global grooves. Stay tuned for future offerings as Hamza's exciting musical journey continues.
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