DJ Haram announces Handplay EP, shares title track

The four-track tape is due out on December 1 via Hyperdub.

October 31, 2023
DJ Haram announces <i>Handplay</i> EP, shares title track DJ Haram. Photo by Ebru Yildiz.  

DJ Haram has announced a new EP titled Handplay and released its lead single, which is also its opener and title track. The tape, due out December 1 via Hyperdub, is essentially a double single, with “Handplay” and its as-yet-unreleased companion “No Funeral” representing side A and their respective instrumentals comprising side B.


“Handplay” is a a hyper-sensual onslaught of industrial 909s, dissonant flute, and a scrum of sultry cooing and whispers, with Haram’s deadpan vocal line riding the wave, repeating the word “gushy” until it becomes part of the rhythm track. Per a press release, the genre-fluid Philadelphia producer and occasional emcee conceived the cut as “an ode to and celebration of sex workers” and a reflection on “pleasure and reward.”

Listen below.


Handplay is Haram’s first Hyperdub release since 2019’s Grace, her debut EP for the London label. In 2021, she self-released the three-track tape Era. And last year, she and Moor Mother dropped Nothing To Declare, their first collaborative LP as 700 Bliss.

Scroll down for Handplay’s cover art and tracklist, and check out DJ Haram’s 2016 FADER mix, which blends Middle Eastern rhythms with Jersey club.

Handplay EP art and tracklist
DJ Haram announces <i>Handplay</i> EP, shares title track

1. Handplay
2. No Funeral
3. Handplay (Instrumental)
4. No Funeral (Instrumental)

DJ Haram announces Handplay EP, shares title track