The Shafiq En' A-Free Ka EP is the first release from Shafiq Husayn's full-length debut album on Plug Research, Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka. The EP contains the hypnotizing first single "Cheeba," where Shafiq creates a dark and heavy introspective mood that is matched perfectly by Bilal's distinctive vocals. In addition, veteran beatsmith Nottz's remix of the track re-works Shafiq's music into a throwback to the classic Soulquarian sound and gives Bilal's performance a new perspective.
The B-side of the EP kicks off with the buzz track "Lil Girl" featuring UK newcomer Fatima. The beat is lo-fi , slightly off kilter and Fatima's heavenly vocals are dead on. The stellar album cut is followed by another selection off the album, "Nirvana" as well as an accompanying remix from Mark de Clive-Lowe. Mark's remix infuses a strong Euro-dance element into the track with some House music influences, turning the original head-nod of the beat into a pulsating spiritual dance anthem.
1. Cheeba (feat. Bilal)
2. Cheeba (Instrumental)
3. Cheeba (Nottz Remix) (feat. Bilal)
4. Lil' Girl (feat. Fatima)
5. Lil' Girl (Instrumental)
7. Nirvana (Mark de Clive-Lowe Remix)