Rashid Ajami’s ‘Never Knew’ EP is out now on TOR

Hot off the back of Rashid Ajami’s stunning Tale & Tone EP ‘You Don’t Know Me’, and a track on TOR’s ‘Tales of Romance’ compilation, he now releases his debut EP on the budding TOR imprint, the three-tracker ‘Never Knew’. Through work with the likes of Maya Jane Coles and Atjazz, the Londoner has built a sterling reputation with releases on Get Physical, Einmusika, Anjunadeep, and Tale & Tone. Here, he continues to purvey his exquisite brand of deep house.

Kicking off the project is the EP’s namesake – ‘Never Knew’. A classically linear drumline sets the foundation, allowing the vocals and piano work to capture the spotlight. A powerful performance on the mic, offering words of longing, showcases Ajami’s ability to steal the soul.

‘Chasing Ghosts’ elevates the energy with a sturdy house backbone. The timeless character oozes as playful synths and a revolving bassline enlists the need for a two-step. Rashid lets his production prowess do the talking here, allowing the instrumental arrangement to stir us into a deep groove.

The closer, ‘Still Think About You’, rests effortlessly at the centre point of its predecessors. Synthetic tones welcome a darker edge, with vivid swoops and fluttering melodies riding the punchy kicks. The ripped out vocal chops remain the distance, allowing personal interpretation, while lush builds create dance floor moments a-plenty.

1. Rashid Ajami – Never Knew
2. Rashid Ajami – Chasing Ghosts
3. Rashid Ajami – Still Think About You

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are travel, wine, and eating too much good food!