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Greek artist Filippos follows up his superb last outing on connected with another collaboration. This time, he links with Moroccan vocalist Kawtar Sadik, while Mr. ID remixes.
Filippos hails from Thessaloniki, a city whose nightlife drew him in from a young age. His rich house music is influenced by Afro rhythms and percussion, as well as the warm and sunny climes of his homeland. This lends it a unique flavour that has seen him release on Open Bar Music, Madorasindahouse Records and connected with 2020’s excellent ‘Kairetu.’
This new EP opens with ‘By The Water,’ a track laced with gritty guitar licks and intriguing synths all intertwined with a hypnotic vocal that muses on the water spirit. It is a heavy groove, but one that is laced up with fluid and escapist melodies.
The fantastic ‘Fortunate’ has psychedelic bass that undulates over a solid four-four beat. Deft synths drift in and out of focus to bring an extra sense of motion as the beautiful wailing vocal passages bring a worldly and organic charm.
Remixing ‘Fortunate’ is Mr. ID, an artist deeply linked to the city of Casablanca. He draws on a love of US rap beats, jazz spirituality and funk rhythms as well as the inspiration that comes from traditional Moroccan and African sounds to create his unique music. His excellent version is built on muscular drums and bass, soft shakers and the distinctly magical sounds of the flute. It all adds up to a gorgeously musical track with authentic conga patterns finishing it in style.
This new EP reconfirms that connected is the most essential afro house label in the scene.
Artist: Filippos, Mr. ID, Kawtar Sadik
Title: By The Water EP
Release Date: 2021-08-06