Review: Abdulla Rashim – Endasilasie

Label: Abdulla Rashim Records
Catalog#: ARR003

A: Endasilasie 1

B1: Endasilasie 2

B2: Endasilasie 3

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When having found a way to do it, the hardest part in music is to meet yourself within it. Approaching oneself music wise tend to always lead to surprises, where the best of all is that sounding unique stems from being honest. In order to do so, it is important to feel that this process is under your own control.

For about two years now, Abdulla Rashim has taken things in his own hands, caring not only about his music, but also looking for a way to get by on his own terms. Finding his peers such as Donato Dozzy and the subtleness in music, Rashim has found his own expression while listening carefully to his inspirations and aspirations.

With ‘Endasilasie’, the third release on his own Abdulla Rashim Records, his sound has become even harder to describe. There has not really been a shift in his direction sound wise, but somehow his stream of atmosphere for which Rashim has put his trademark, has become even more clear and formidable.

The A-side is a cautious and entangling piece where the sound architecture similar to ancient ruins and forgotten rituals creates a hypnotic state. Carefully introducing additional buildings to this architecture drives the track forward, keeping a constant pace much similar to perfect breaks in harder techno.

Flipping the record, a immediate pace is set, where a less subtle and more naked track fills the groove on the B1. ‘Endasilasie 2’ showcases Rashim’s most refined state yet, where a daring move to use even less subtracted sound creates a interesting take on a already reduced atmosphere. A sharp, somewhat hard beat structure goes perfectly hand in hand with the swirling sounds, creating a less moody but more direct, live felt track.

With no light at the end of this tunnel, ‘Endasilasie 3’ digs deep into a dark place, without much hope for the better, a well crafted loop goes to additional states and elevations, setting a static and in that case comforting atmosphere for which Rashim has become famous for.

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