Rafiq Bhatia – “Once”

Rafiq Bhatia – “Once”

If you are a fan of Flying Lotus, Thundercat and other expansive artists flirting with jazz, then you are going to fall in love Rafiq Bhatia. We shed some light on his work by way of a remix project by Teebs and Prefuse 73 not long ago, but now the focus is all on Mr. Bhatia. His forthcoming full-length Yes It Will is due out later this month, leading him to finally expose his first single, “Once”. Led by a solo from Billy Hart, Bhatia showcases his sampling skills with an explosive introduction. “Once” finds hatia exploring music’s outer limits with his guitar, as gaps are filled magnificently by the rest of his ensemble. Everything from the subtle bass to the ending sound effects tie this incredible well-thought-out piece together.

Yes It Will is produced by Alexander Overington and mixed by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Feist), leading us to believe an awful lot of effort was put into making this thing sound as perfect as possible. Give “Once” a listen below and come back to let us know how your mind was blown by this beautiful piece of music. Yes It Will drops Oct. 23. [via]


  1. Farnell Newton
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 23:25:00

    Dope Guitarist from my Alma Mater Oberlin Conservatory! Billy Hart is one of the dopest!

  2. Brett Eclectic
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 15:46:00


  3. Andrew Martin
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 13:52:00

    so good

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