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Surge – Sail Into Night

I came across Sail Into Night after they were featured on Beehype for their debut EP 'Passenger'. The band is UAE-based Pakistani duo of Zara (harmonium, vocals) and Nabil (guitars, vocals, drums). 'Surge', the second track from the EP, is the standout. It revolves around a single repeated lyric - 'Father mine, I don't understand' (I…

Mountains in Love – Dynoman

It’s always special when Dynoman releases. His debut ‘Naubahar’ was one of the most innovative and fresh albums I’ve heard coming out of Pakistan. ‘Mountains in Love’ is the second single from ‘Travels to Janaicah: Songs for Lana’, the follow up to 2016’s ‘Travels to Janaicah: Cheebay’s Imagination’. With every subsequent release, Haamid Rahim moves…

First Light – Cheeems

Cheeems is one of those chameleonic artists who seems able to do anything. In the bouncy ‘round the bend’, he takes on the stripes of chill dance music. In the stellar ‘Water’, he’s bluesier and poppier, before switching up into a sort of psych-funk breakdown. In 'Island Dawn', he’s a lo-fi bedroom singer-songwriter. But if…

Sibylline – Spirare and Tipu Sabziwaar

There's a sound that pops up midway through 'Sibylline' that sounds vaguely like a mobile phone vibrating on a distant table. It's a weirdly disconcerting sound - the first time I heard it I immediately looked around for my phone - and Spirare uses it as a Trojan horse for anxious and swirling synths as…

Wonderful to be – CHERRISH

‘Wonderful to be’ starts with the chucking sound of a train, of metal on metal, and the sound weaves in and out of the track throughout. Railway stations are in-between places, limbos, where you’re not quite here and not quite there, still in transit. With ‘Wonderful to be’, CHERRISH captures this feeling of being perpetually…

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.…

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…

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…

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.…