There's a compelling story behind this deep house bubblebath of a record. For years the Iranian-born Aril Brikha refused to play in Israel as a "quiet protest" in solidarity with Palestine, but eventually he relented and played Deep'a & Biri's Black Crow party in Tel Aviv. As it turned out, Palestinian rockets hit the city the night of the gig. Brikha says it was nevertheless "a very special night" and that he later realised he felt more at home in Israel than in his adopted homeland of Sweden. The experience ultimately led to this collaborative EP on Black Crow, with all proceeds going to an Israel/Palestine peace projects organisation.
The package is a soothing listen, with Brikha's remix of Deep'a & Biri's "Har Zion" the most gorgeous offering of a very attractive bunch. He takes the original's warm bass and hats and swirling, feather-touch keys, kicks the pace up a little and swaddles it all in heavenly pads. At 126 BPM, Brikha's "Ishtar" is relatively fleet of foot. It proceeds smoothly with crisp percussion and muffled keys. Deep's & Biri's remix, meanwhile, refracts the original slightly differently while keeping the major ingredients intact. The package ends with a peaceful beatless edit of "Har Zion," a nod, surely, to the spirit of the project.
TracklistA1 Aril Brikha – Ishtar
A2 Aril Brikha – Ishtar (Deep’a & Biri Remix)
B1 Deep’a & Biri – Har Zion
B2 Deep’a & Biri – Har Zion (Aril Brikha Remix)
Digital: Deep’a & Biri – Har Zion (Beatless Edit)