In a time where electronically inclined production reigns supreme, beatmakers have to work harder to stand out. Cue Avishai Rozen, whose smooth songs are injected with ripe sounds, as heard in his 1001 Nights EP, which we are proud to premiere today. “I try to come from a 100 percent musical and zero percent technical place when creating,” says Rozen, who recently made the move from his hometown Tel Aviv to Brooklyn, a transition that inspired the EP along with his girlfriend and Jim Jamusch films. “I’ve been a drummer for 10 years, and studying music, so I always start from some idea of a rhythm or a melody in my head.”
The result is a collection of smart and sexy music that challenges typical drum patterns and keeps listeners on their toes in a way many of Rozen’s contemporaries simply can’t. Tracks like the aggressive yet minimal opener “Inferno Dance” and the mystical “On The Beach” give insight to Ateller’s imaginative process, each twisting and turning in unexpected ways. The young talent’s purpose is clear and true: “I wanna make people feel and move. That’s it.” And his mission is accomplished.