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