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Egyptian maestro Adham Zahran is set to release his next EP, Variations, on the red hot Beirut imprint Fantome de Nuit. Having already been released on labels like Galaktika Records, Space Breaks, Neovinyl, Mood Music and Oh! Records, Adham Zahran has been a busy boy as of late. The Cairo based producer's firm affinity for that real deep house sound has already seen him land endorsements from scene heavyweights Alex Kid and James Teej. Variations is the validation of that praise. The EP's opener "Planet X" opens with a simple spacy synth which Zahran builds this first track around. As the opener swells Adham introduces layers of percussion to the mix. With each layer the track begins to fill out more and more. And then, as if to say that it's complete, it breaks into a thousand pieces. Spacy synths create a total atmosphere before the listener is brought back down to earth. "Lifeline" has a feeling of a better erra. It's locked grooves and melodic synths create a warm environment that the modern dance floor has lacked for sometime. The nine-minute track has no ambition to follow any kind of modern model and instead just hangs at times allowing the listener to get lost in the melodies. On the EP's title track Zahran shows off his both his diversity and his use of contrast. Opening with feather light music-box keys, "Variations" take a twist when a melody of heady pads is introduced over the top. The producer then goes on to layer that with a spaced out synth thus creating a medley of synthesized sounds. On the ironically named closer, "Alpha", Adham's shows off a bit of his darker side. The most straightforward track on the album, the brooding closer thrusts itself forward like a runaway train. "Alpha" conjures memories of progressive house when it was truly progressive. Progressive in the way that it was ahead of its time, in a way where we had never realy heard anything like it. This is certainly a track you will hear all summer long. Just remember the name "Adham Zahran", it's going to help score you a few likes as you reply to all those "Track ID?" comments
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