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Womb – Nomad

In a wonderfully nostalgic track, Rija Yousuf looks back, not to her childhood, but even further, to a pre-natal state. She asks, 'where do I begin again?', and the answer seems to be there, safe in a mother's womb. Swaddled in reverb, Nomad withdraws from the world.…

Shower*Slip – Slumber Bandit and Jhumra

So I have no idea who this is, but there are lots of nice little touches here that suggest Slumber Bandit are a band(?) to look out for. There's something about this track that reminds me of French duo 'Air', especially 'La Femme D'Argent'. Maybe it's the electronic blips dotted around, or the shuffling percussion.…

The Grief That Does Not Speak – Streams of Soan

The Grief That Does Not Speak is an elegy that is both mournful and hopeful, a song that grieves over loss but looks past it too. Post-rock has always been a medium suited to expressing these kinds of conflicting emotions, and Abbas layers an optimistic guitar riff over backwards-effected strings, encapsulating the pain of grief,…

I Need Space – Zahra Paracha

'I need space', for Zahra Paracha, is a thinly disguised 'get the fuck away from me'. Beautifully sung by Aaishay Haque who brings just the right amount of 'idgaf', the warbled vocal effects swoop around like vultures over a deadpan bass beat. Towards the end, the track kicks off with a melodramatic boom, segueing into…

Sync – Noah’s Heark

A chilled slice of ambient techno from RBMA alumni Ziyad Hadid, aka Noahs Heark, that produces some amazing moments. A piano (or a harp?) tumbles into the track on occasion, and it's always a surprise. Atmospheric and cinematic in the best way -- don't miss this one.…