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Khan Solo releases gorgeous beat tape ‘Stargirl’

Inspired by Dilla, Motown, Audrey Hepburn and classic 50's Hollywood, Khan Solo's latest beat tape is a gorgeous, rich and emotional listening experience. I've been playing this on repeat all weekend. His use of samples is occasionally breathtaking: "You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down" from It's a

Hassan Hadeed’s ‘Red Semantic Voicings’ is perfect for a lazy Sunday

Hassan Hadeed is a Rawalpindi-based artist who operates in the spaces between singer-songwriter, post-rock and ambient music. Take something like 'Dream Noise', where it sounds like the mics and amps have been overloaded and distorted, but the result is nonetheless beautiful. 'Miss You' has a DIY, my-recording-equipment-is-crap feel to it, and really reminds me of some of The

Listen to the lovely ‘No Funeral At All’ from ‘Causing a Tiger’ (2010)

Throwback to 2010's experimental album 'Causing a Tiger' from musicians Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi and Shahzad Ismaily. Ismaily, born to Pakistani immigrant parents, is an incredibly talented self-taught composer and musician, currently based in New York. 'No Funeral At All', the lovely tender opener to the album, has elements of Northern Pakistani folk music to it

New music this week – February 2017

Lots of new music released this week: A Sudden Sullen Turn - Asfandyar Khan Ambient artist Asfandyar Khan, also known by his electronic alter ego TMPST, has released a melancholic new track in a 'A Suddent Sullen Turn'. The last we heard of Khan was his contribution to the Forever South Collections Vol. 4, but it's good to

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

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