Karim Sahraoui’s debut on Belgium label R&S (check out their historic releases to the virtual “who’s who” of electronic/dance music they’ve put music out from) is a 3 track EP of Deep Techno with a spiritual edge.
Sahraoui specialises in melodic instrumentals and lists God/Jesus as his main influences when writing/producing (we are firm believers that tracks don’t need to have lyrics to make them “Christian”, it’s all about the heart of the people behind them).
The EP opens up with the atmospheric “Spy of the Desert”. The tracks minimal beats are overlaid with haunting pads and distorted staccato synth stabs as it gradually builds. The main synth hook and simple repeating bass line continue to build the moody feel of this track evoking feelings of suspicion and fear:
“They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey!Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:27-33 NIV)
In contrast to the opener, “Born Again” is a more uplifting track which introduces brighter and more melodic/musical elements including jazzy piano chords, layered synth riffs and more complex percussion through the beats. This track has had support from people like Laurent Garnier which speaks to the quality of it:
Rounding out the release is “Before The 2nd Coming”. A more chilled track featuring bigger/longer chord progressions and rising keyboard riffs. This track speaks to me of the hope, joy and triumph that the 2nd coming of Jesus will bring.
One of my favourite things about Karim Sahraoui’s tracks is the way that, through the complex layering of different elements, he is able to build a story through the instrumentals. Although there are no lyrics in any of these tracks, they definitely communicate on a much deeper level than many tracks with lyrics are able to do.
“Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.” (Psalm 42:7 ESV)