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600 Saal by E Sharp

From the first moments of Karachi band E Sharp ’s second album 600 Saal, it’s evident that the trio have had a change of sound. It’s easy for bands to fall into the sophomore slump (it’s a real thing OK?), where they change directions completely, cutting the umbilical cord of the first album and innovating

Veils – Ramsha

  In an interview with Emboss Magazine, Toronto-based artist Ramsha explains her creative process: “My role as a musician is to sculpt harmonies out of sounds and vibrations which further the beauty of the cosmos”. This reads less like an explanation and more like a manifesto, and it’s quite refreshing to hear an artist speak

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

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

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

Pehli – Mooroo

  With any pop artist, when you strip everything away, a singular question remains: ‘why should I care?’ All the great artists know this, and even when singing through the most banal platitudes, they find a way to make you care. About their story. About their life.  ‘Mariam’, a previous release from Mooroo, set the

Hotcues 1-7 – Foreversouth Artists

Unlike previous Forever South Collections, the Hotcues series is manic, frenzied and relentless. While FXS Collections Vol.3 was a colourful experience, Hotcues occasionally moves into trap territory and, while it sounds massive and exciting, there’s a niggling worry that trap is already somewhat out of date, a rigid percussive genre that is running out of places to go. Like EDM, trap occasionally

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