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I Now Know – Slowspin

'I Now Know' is a tender and gentle gift to another person ‘hurting more than I do’. Slowspin’s lyrics are often indistinguishable, singing in a style similar to Julianna Barwick, preferring to let the melody be the vehicle of emotion.​ But after a few listens, some words begin to blossom out, making the impact all…

Endless Summer – Cheemgadar

There's the implicit joke of calling a song 'Endless Summer' and giving it an artwork of frosty phallus trees but, under the snow cover, there's a real sense of loss here. Looking back on something that felt infinite, Hyder Cheema surrounds Nienke Van Schalkwijk's cutting voice wth icy, twinkling synths, capturing something as trivial and…

Collections Vol. 4 – Foreversouth

The Foreversouth Collections thus far have tended to favour the more accessible side of the Karachi electronic artists that come under its roster. In many ways this is beneficial, creating a more cohesive collection and challenging the artists to create in a more constrained, ‘poppier’ environment. Under some circumstances, this can lead to stagnation - artists that…

Plumas – VEKA

  ‘Plumas’ is an album that moves from esoteric electronic pop to ambient music, from lyrics like ‘fingers and toes respond when touched’ to echo-drenched indeterminable vocals, all smoothly transitioning in a cohesive and luscious release. The opening half, from ‘Window’ to ‘El Amohadon de Plumas’ is a journey of electronic jazz, where synth lines…

What’s Going On – MU

    It’s likely that 2016 will be remembered as a collective slap in the face. We lost a number of cultural icons, Trump became president, the UK voted to exit the EU, Aleppo saw one of the worst humanitarian crisis of the decade, and that was all in the last half of the year. Released on the…

Haad Rin – Cacanman

Flutes and electronic music don't tend to mix, but on 'Haad Rin', Abdul Aziz Kazi mashes them together anyway. The result is something that is surprisingly cohesive and dramatic. As the synthesisers weave below, the flute dances on the top of the track, always keeping things interesting.…

Budget Cuts – 6LA8

    "We’re very proud of it. Not least because, for the past few years, life hasn’t been particularly easy for us, and our music reflects our state of mind. There were these moments when we presumed we had lost our sense of celebration, and would just be stuck in these gloomy, lamenting and inevitably…

Montage of a Dream

On Patari Tabeer and the figure of the chai-wala I remember the alchemy involved in making a doodhpatti for my mother. She’s picky: too little time on the heat and it’s kacha. Too much? Sargaya. There’s a basic patience involved in a good chai that I never possessed, but there were a few times when…