Saturday, August 11, 2007

Samim- world music techno via Switzerland

How's this for a bio? " Samim is also known as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Born into a Swiss-Iranian Family, he was exposed to a wide range of musical influences throughout his life. Soon after discovering his passion for electronic music through Hip hop and Industrial music, he started to develop and enhance his renowned Syncopated Patterns and Hypnotic Rhythms." OK, so you figure this guy's gotta be either really good or really bad.

I'm a fan 'cause not only does he know how to program a good beat (which is the least you can expect from a DJ but also because his other sound sources are interesting too. From screaming whoops and swooshes ("PG23") to goofy death-metal whispering ("Ride My Cadillac") to spacy fusion keyboards ("Deep Meet"), this guy'll engage you one way or another. My favorite track of his isn't available on his MySpace page but through the good people at Beatport (which I just wrote about here). "Heater" is the number 1 and number 8 (remixed) song on their charts now and with good reason. Along with a bouncy beat, it's hooked on a breezy accordion that sounds both like Columbia cumbia music and also South African township jive music (the kind that got Paul Simon hooked to African music).


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