Get ready for another extraordinary EP release on Connected, one of the freshest independent dance labels that continues to deliver innovative, deep and dynamic sonic vibrations (see our recent preview of the Connected release by Re:You if you need more proof! – Ed.).
This time around, the label founded by Stereo MCs presents illustrious Moroccan House DJ/ Producer Cee Elassaad, who has collaborated with South African vocalist/ music producer/DJ Thandi Draai for their adventurous forthcoming EP LoMhlaba.
An African Zulu proverb, the word roughly translates as ‘This world is a harsh place’. The resonance of such a sentiment is only heightened in troubled times. The EP offers a sound with sentimental drive and emotional punch. Soul-stirring instrumental textures elevate and accentuate the melodic and rhythmic aspects. This is light, spacious, uplifting dance music.
This exquisite collaboration formed through a chance encounter at ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event), a five-day electronic music conference and festival which takes place annually in the Netherlands.
Cee’s creative career has thus far seen him play alongside Louie Vega, Osunlade, Jerome Sydenham and many other legends, with releases on some impressive imprints. Thandi, who is a delectable vocalist, has graced productions by the likes of Charles Webster, Boddhi Satva and Culoe De Song.
The title track’s original mix is a gentle, building cut. Airy chords, kick/tom combos and a loose shaker sit atop warm, long-held bass notes. Layered, looping vocal refrains build the track towards that all-too-rare thing in modern house – a proper song, complete with a heady, effortless and infectious vocal crescendo that pulls at the emotions.
The remixes wouldn’t sound out of place in one of Highlife / Huntleys & Palmers main man and Kelburn Garden Party favourite Auntie Flo’s genre-defying, eclectic sets. The producers clearly have an eye on the record bags and wallets of the most creative DJs with the Chants Dub and Instrumental versions from ElAssaad and Draai. The remixes will provide endless on- the- fly moments of dancefloor joy for listeners too.
- LoMhlaba EP out June 19th 2020 on Connected / Kompakt
- Thandi Draai on Soundcloud
- Cee Elassaad on Soundcloud
- Related: Re:You – Maison (Connected)