Just back from touring the USA and his third-time visit to Austin’s SXSW conference, Delhi’s Ashish Sachan AKA Hashback Hashish returns with his mesmerizing new EP, Zone, self-released on his own label CIRCUIT. With over ten years of musical experience, Hashback Hashish has had ample time to perfect his craft, both as a producer and performer. He has performed to crowds across South East Asia, as well as playing alongside Noisia, 808 State, and The Bug at Bangface Festival in the UK earlier this year.
The release of his critically acclaimed Brevity EP in 2015 resulted in the producer being featured in Rolling Stone India where he discussed his past work with international labels – such as Berlin-based Plastik.FM, Ireland’s Nice & Nasty, and Robotica Records in Serbia – and reflecting how his music offers something for fans across the globe.
Marking a clear shift back to minimalism and away from the eclecticism of Brevity, the Zone EP opens with its title track: a piece whose pulsing, deep bass line builds to give way to layered percussive kicks. A midway breakdown offers the listener a second to catch their breath from the industrial sounds before intensifying through glitchy, warped synths to create a dark and futuristic atmosphere.
The original is joined by a special remix, which sees “Zone” reworked by fellow Indian producer _RHL, real name Rahul Giri. _RHL has been recognized for his footwork productions as glimpsed through the remix’s syncopated rhythms, slow bass lines, and subtle-yet-sultry sound effects, whilst still retaining elements of Hashback Hashish’s driving original mix.
Two more remixers later appeared: French house pioneer Clyde P, placing a rather cosmic template on top of the Delhi talent’s curious abstraction, and Hashback Hashish’s compatriot 5volts – known for remixes and releases on Wind Horse Records – delivering an exceptional acid rework.
Tronik Youth (Nein Records) – “Great track and 5volts Rework.”
Freddy Fresh (Howlin’ Records) – “Really liking the slower tempo joints.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek / Detox) – “Feeling this. Deep and dark yet funky – nice work!”
Spettro (Get Physical Music) – “The original is well done.”
Sandro Bianchi (Ibiza Sonica / Loca FM) – “Solid x 3! Especially the 5volts Rework.”
Scheibosan (Shanti Roots) – “Perfect slowhouse tracks. Really on top of art, more of this please!”
Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) – “The original does it best.”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel – Sydney) – “Love that rhythm on the _RHL remix. Nice dark sounds all around here.”
Jon Barnes (Pandora / Airpusher) – “Oh yeah, nice workout! This has some attitude.”
Snooba (Radio Panik / Rif Raf Magazine) – “Great slow tempo infected tracks, dope!”