Ukrainian producer Jet comes to French charity label Lost On You
There's not much information supplied about this release, but by heck is it a good one! There are three tracks on the EP, which are a blend of melodic techno and Berlin rave madness, but in a deep house-y kinda way...
The first track is Arabian Desert itself, which starts with a simple electroid bassline and percussion loop, then adds layers of sound until the introduction of a great Arabic chant sample which is highly enticing and musical and fits the soundbed perfectly, creating a mesmerising track that you just know is going to tear the roof off if you drop it mid-set. It's slow paced and has a kind of 80s synth lead that reminds me of the music to the film Blade Runner, which is a very good thing.
Next up is Bhangra, which starts with another great bassline and simple percussion with Punjabi fills, then introduces a mystical piano line along with another great, eastern-sounding vocal chant that's sung by a man and a boy together. There's a breakdown with stringed instruments, and then off it leads you again. Finally you have Sphere, which begins in the same vein as the last two but has a trance-y feel, with a big synth lead, the ethnic influences, cinematic sounds and another eastern vocal chant as the main hook. Again, it works a treat.
There is great synergy between all of the tracks here, and together they create soundscapes that are simple yet extremely musical and full of eastern promise. My favourite is Bhangra but I will happily play all three.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 11 February
Review Score: 8