Haroun Omar & Naz – Carpe Diem (System Recordings)

Afghan producer Haroun Omar started his production career on Deepsessions Recordings in late 2010 and has since gone on to appear on Mistique, OLD SQL and Progressive House Worldwide. His debut single for Deersky’s Soundteller Records ‘Sunset Kabul’ was released in early September and has been one of the most gorgeous progressive cuts of the year. Here he makes his debut on System Recordings with Lebanese American producer Naz. Nassif Abijaoudé aka Naz is based in San Francisco and first came to our attention with his appearance on Ivan Nikusev’s OLD SQL Recordings in 2012. Together Haroun and Naz have crafted ‘Carpe Diem’ for System Recordings which comes with a remix from Constan.

As far as we can see this is the first studio collaboration between Haroun and Naz and it’s turned out incredibly well. ‘Carpe Diem’ is a drummy dance floor cut with quite a bit of funkiness. The traditional sounding progressive bass line is quite powerful and gives the piece a lot of drive straight away. The addition of a vocal stab and a good complement of drums forms an absolutely deadly groove as the breakdown approaches. The drop is short but with some additional drums, a nice hook and a wicked roll the tension climaxes nicely for a strong second half. Top notch track from Haroun and Naz, hopefully we see more collaborations from them in the future.

The lone remix here is provided by Constan who is making his first appearance on System. The Mexican producers original works for Clinique, Bermudos and Soulfire earlier this year spent some time in our Hype Chart and also on our office playlist. He’s got a cool hypnotic sound with quite a bit of character and he’s certainly one of the top up and coming talents in Mexico. For his ‘Carpe Diem’ interpretation Constan has crafted a real atmospheric beauty. The energetic and slightly techy framework sits amidst a pulsating hypnotic backdrop that is completely mesmerizing. It’s one of those productions that has great momentum and always feels like it’s building and evolving. The soft escalating tension during the drop is really special; nothing overdone here but a great contemporary vibe that should do really well on the educated dance floors out there. Great stuff from Constan and a top notch release from System Recordings.

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