First Thoughts: The Maghreban – ’01DEAS’

Rostom (The Maghreban) has had his fair share of releases, with music from opposing ends of the spectrum. In the mid-1990s, Rostom would have been known for his heavy relentless 12-inch jungle records, but for most part of the last decade he’s gone on to produce hip hop sampled beats under the alias Dr Zygote. It’s only until recently , that he has returned to his house roots, as he explains with an interview with FACT TV; “I’m harking back to when I was 14 and when I first fell in love with dance music”.

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This most recent release ‘01DEAS’ represents the third project under his electro house inspired alias; The Maghreban, as this album represents the first more comprehensive experience we’ve seen from him, and it kind of feels a long time coming… As, Rostom seemed to tease this epic release with prior short EP releases through Black Acre in 2016 hinting so (listen to ‘Lost It’ below).

01DEAS‘ voyages through an array of cleverly sampled beats, with nearly every track oozing with energy to move dancefloors. From the ever-playful momentous build of ‘Crime Jazz’, with it’s quick hi-hats, catchy keyboard rift and thumping kick providing the early backdrop for an electro synth bubble, to the more deep, tropical house feel of the track ‘Broken’.

As well as those dancefloor workers, there are some nice slow melodic experimental tracks like ‘Mbira’ and ‘String’, which easily complement each other well throughout the album.

Have a listen below, and support the artist via Bandcamp:

First Thoughts: Steve Spacek – Movr Clsr


Eglo records came back in March with a brilliant release from electronic producer Steve Spacek, titled ‘Movr Clsr’. Spacek’s activity in the industry spans over 20 years, with early work in the mid-90s coming from his formed 3-piece band. Who achieved important acclaim overseas from hip hop legend; Mob Def and highly respected producer; J Dilla. Both showed appreciation for their popular release ‘EVE‘, with Mob Def writing a verse for the re-work, and Dilla producing the remix.

That being said, it wasn’t until going solo from 2005 where Spacek started to reach a wider audience in clubs, and from DJs with the album Spaceshift. However, more familiarly it was the popular broken bouncy grooves of the track ‘Follow me’ which first caught my interest, with its release through Eglo records back in 2016, setting up the release of ‘Move Clsr’ perfectly (listen below)

Moving into 2018, Spacek’s ‘Move Clsr’ EP shows off his eclectic range and appreciation for electronic music. ‘Boo Boo Step’ is a sonically pleasing cauldron of innovative rhythm.
The aptly named track –‘Garage Days’ brings back that old school garage 2-step kick and drum to a futuristic electro pot of relentless rhythm, which Spacek consciously seems to create throughout this EP. An undeniable talent gifting us with more inspired electronic music.

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