Whenever we think of Brooklyn-bred artist Ahmed Sirour, there are many adjectives that come to mind: creative, talented, eclectic, jazzy, soulful, innovative, stimulating and even elevating. But one thing our boy has never been is predictable. Perhaps this is why the unveiling of his current album, Different Rooms, One House , is something we never saw coming.
For starters, the project is a complete departure from the earthy soundscape and breezy vibes he gave us a short while ago with his thEARapy EP. How different? Well, in his own words, "I've gone 180 degrees to the other side of the beat spectrum." The other side indeed as DROH marks his first full collection solely dedicated to house music.
Mr. Sirour gets the house party started with "Funky Introduction," a proper introit that features sound clips of house pioneers, Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry and Vince Lawrence (speaking on the behalf of himself and Jesse Saunders). From there, he delivers some island heat with "House Wine" before surprising us with a hedonistic flip of Collaborations Vol. 1 track "Let's Wait" featuring Sophia Pascual. Sirour also revisits his second volume of Collaborations with a thumped-up refix of Stacy Epps-feature "Ones." The rest of album stays true to his instrumental roots, allowing infectious arrangements like "Come Wit It" and "Vitamin H (IU2LU Rx)" to have full sway. Particularly moving (in both sound and origin) is album closer "City Lights," which highlights a piano sample of Ahmed's late uncle Douglas Leacock, a great gospel musician/songwriter who lost his battle with cancer in the summer of 2015. Rather than create a somber dirge, the artist truly celebrates his uncle's life with a composition full of rhythm and verve.
'Tis the season to be jolly, and we can't think of a better way to get happy than to dance. Scroll down to warm up and get loose with lead single "Vitamin H" (so named because of its energizing appeal). Then head over to Bandcamp to purchase a full copy of Different Rooms, One House. As an added incentive, Ahmed Sirour is including his first Christmas song – a refreshing take on Donny Hathaway's classic rendition of "This Christmas" – as a bonus track when you purchase the album. But hurry, the offer literally expires this Christmas (Sunday, December 25th), so preview below Ahmed's "This Christmas (All Through the House)" remix below and make sure you get your copy before it's too late. Also, be sure to visit his website, check out his t-shirt designs and keep up with the globe-trotting artist via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.