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New LP: Adham Zahran's Dark Matter

Scene Noise reviews Adham Zahran's new album, set to be released on Galaktika records this month, which effortlessly demonstrates his musical prowess.

Adham Zahran has been steadily putting out quality releases over the years but with his latest LP, Dark Matter he has managed to catapult himself into a whole different league, and has once again managed to top himself in what is surely his best sonic creation to date. Set for release on Galaktika Records this month, Zahran's Dark Matter is definitely worth reviewing. 

It is a deep, bass-laden album, with layered subs and eclectic synths that merge with spacey stardust pads. Defiant piano keys, linking in with sound effects of sublime prowess, leave you in an awe. The entire thing is severely drenched in a qualitative uniformity of an alien sound that glides through different scores of inter-galactic preciousness.  

The album's percussive elements vary with claps, hats, crashes, and shakers spattered in each and every corner. A variety of kicks and snares, heavy at parts and granular at others - persistent at first but then deviate as the album reaches peak levels. Zahran utilises different soundscapes from the very beginning, becoming deeply hypnotic as he reaches the album's hindquarters, a matching contrast of the deep eclecticism of the spacious fore-front.

The pilot track which is called Dark Matter has all the tell tale signs of an eclectic Deep House track, with a smouldering bass line and some very spacey synths. The third track, which is entitled Space Is Not Noise If Only You Can Hear - reminds you of a famous track? Well it has nothing to do with it. It's a beautifully composed track, with a bulging bass line that is married incredibly well with a piano lead and some stabs that will make you shiver. Then there are Neptune and Philipa, two tracks that are almost variations of each other, both sharing main elements; a piano lead, starry pads, and a deep growling bass line. Neptune has a synth that tippy toes over the piano in parts and drenches the whole track in others, while in Philipa the synth glides over parts and is put into delay over others. The rest of the tracks are equally amazing, but those stood out the most.

The nine track LP, is an outstanding example of true musical mastery. It might not be the most dance floor friendly out of the entirety of his works, but it is sure to instigate some deep rebellious moves, and will without a doubt send a shiver or two down your spine.

Check out the album on Adham's Sound Cloud here or check him out on Facebook here.


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