Former half of the defunct Pitch & Hold duo under the banner of which he operated from 2006 to 2011, Simon Halsberghe steps up on Brussels’ very own Vlek with his debut solo EP as Simon Hold.
First heard on Vlek's 2016 mix for Resident Advisor as they were appointed label of the month by the highranking platform last autumn, 'Maqam Bruxelloise' reflects the wideangle beauty and compelling diversity of the Belgian capital and its throbbing heart, a city at the confluence of cultures and languages. Across a finelylayered interplay of synthetic modulations and intricate polyrhythms, Hold lays out a riveting kaleidoscope of patternwelded textures and prismatic synth motifs played and arranged accordingly to a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Arabic maqam system of improvisation the track draws its title from. An ode to Brussels' allembracing effervescence.
Translating as "soft drone" or "pleasant noise", the gritty 'Dhajij Doux' then welcomes you into a more disquieting, bipolar audio scenario that evokes the reality of living "in a sometimes difficult and hostile city". A curiously matching negative of the opener, in this that it taps into the same generous and plural matrix universe as main source of inspiration, but eventually opens on a more nuanced outcome; here Hold clearly shows a further abrasive facet of his work: harsh and vibrant, the track may be reple
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