This is the premiere of Hossam Hilal’s new EP, Overk.
Set between the hazy desert landscapes of Egypt, to the underground sound-system culture, Hossam Hilal presents us with a collection of rich textural works that hint at styles of world music, packaged with the influences of psychedelic rock, ambience and electronica.
Hurry Up opens the EP with a blend of guitar riffs, reversed melodic samples, and a steady rhythm. It’s like a fine Egyptian wine. Ma Fi Makan packs more sonic grit, with harsher, layered guitar riffs, a reverbed undertone, and traditional percussion in the form of claps and goblet drums. Habitat retains the African drumming with a fusion of musical worlds and textures. Finally, Crippled Down closes the EP with a focus on basslines and delayed metallic synths.
Overk is an EP in its truest sense: it crams a lot into a little. But nothing is damaged in the process. Hossam’s music is organic and off-kilter with his Egyptian heritage as the solid foundations. This is a glimpse into a modern world overlooking millennia of culture.
Stream Overk below and purchase the album on Bandcamp.