Zein's collaborations with Simon Doty are making waves, steadily climbing the Beatport Progressive Charts and currently sitting at numbers 43 and 47.
Mostafa Zein El Abdein – a.k.a. Zein – has been making waves internationally with his music as of late. Following his last release, Different Worlds - which made it to number 35 on the Beatport Top 100 Progressive Chart, Zein drops this bomb in collaboration with Simon Doty: a three-track EP, only two of which feature Zein, released on Berlin-based label Einmusika.
The first track, New Beginnings, opens up with a straightforward four/four beat, utilising a desolate soundscape that fringes on an ethereal layout yet drops hard at different points. The track delivers a certain mood that is hard to pin down. The second track, Ava – our favourite and the first featuring Zein on this EP, banks on a blithering synth lead, and a moog bass line with a celestial soundscape delivering the listener to the different breaks and drops that scatter the track. A peak moment track that could potentially establish a well-rounded set based on its sound alone.The last track, Phoenicia, combines a layered pad, a synth lead, and a drum line all appearing on the very start of the track. They find their way towards the first progression bringing in a massive swell of a bass line and a variation on the starting note with the initial drop. A magnificent track that works well in many different locations, it utilises other worldly sounds – alien, cosmic, but with a certain darkness to it. Immensely satisfactory to know that this amount of talent exists in our country.