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Listen to the 8 minute epic ‘Azka’ from Distorted Minds

Karachi electronic duo of Kamil Bader and Saad Memon aka 'Distorted Minds' ignore all structural cliche's and create a hypnotic, almost meditative track that remains stoic and untroubled throughout. With longer tracks, especially those over 7 minutes, the need for some kind of build or breakdown seems almost a pre-requisite. On 'Azka', though, there's a…

Let It Be – BNK

BNK's original mix for Lowlit's 'Better Late' volume is a special cocktail of genres and sounds that comes together as something fresh and exciting. Take a listen to all the different percussion sounds that bounce out of the track: some of it almost sounds like foley, like at 1.26, which reminds me of running water.…

Cheemgadar dials up the weirdness on Adambezaar Part 1 and 2

Here's a claim, but I'll stand beside it: Cheemgadar is an evident postmodernist. He flips quickly and easily from real honesty and vulnerability on 'Endless Summer' to this two-parter 'Adambezaar', with an artwork of a stock party emoji with watermarks. Like most postmodern culture, any real feeling has to be immediately undercut with an ironic…

Spirare releases new track ‘Dream’s Edge’

Spirare, a Lahore-based musician, has released the second track of a forthcoming release '100 Fathoms'. Spirare's music is fiercely ambient and often opaque, blurring the line between ambient, drone and soundtrack (it's hard not to think of the cosmos when listening to a Spirare album). She rarely gives you much, if anything, to hold on…

Nothing Is Lost Yet – Streams of Soan

When Islamabad-based post-rock artist Hasan Abbas decided on a rebrand, he chose the Soan river that cuts through Punjab as a representation of his music. It makes sense - his previous work has often had an aspect of ebb and flow to it, especially the wah-wah effects that pop up in almost every Streams of…

Sikandar Ka Mandar release music video ‘Shehri’

Sikandar Ka Mandar's latest music video is a satirical critique of middle class attitudes and a social media generation. In the video, the band road trip across Pakistan in a stolen truck, an interior selfie of which is posted to Facebook of course. They light their cigarettes on other people's newspapers, and steal bananas from…

Can – Block-2

Recently, most of Block-2's output has been heavily trap inspired. Just take a look at his contributions to the Forever South Hotcues series, or his popular single 'I need hardware'. But on 'Can', Block-2 goes back to some of his more muted and restrained work. One of my absolute favourites from Abdul Moiz Parvez is…

Patari announce ‘Patari Tabeer’

Music streaming service Patari have just announced 'Patari Tabeer', a new initiative bringing together six lesser known artists and folk singers and pairing them with electronic producers. No wait, don't roll your eyes yet! It may sound very similar to Coke Studio - a narrative designed to tearjerk - but Tabeer does something a little…