Hello again! After a short hiatus, we’re back with January’s Mosiki Mixtape (and a little bit of December). Let’s get right into it. If you’re impatient and don’t like words, scroll down for the embedded playlist.
Sameen Qasim released her debut track off an upcoming EP which, if it’s anything like this song, will likely be a beautiful acoustic album perfect for spring. ‘D for Something’ not only showcases Qasim’s strong vocal abilities, but also suggests a talent for writing catchy, bouncy melodies. ‘I’ll keep singing my song, for all who want to hear’, she sings, and we’ll put our hands up in a flash.
Next up is Natasha Humera Ejaz’s ‘God In Me‘, which was one of our TAAZA tracks. The Karachi artist returns with this strange and ethereal song that floats like mist. But you’ll be rewarded for repeat listens, with the track uncovering new details every time. Read our more detailed thoughts here.
Karachi artist Saad’s new track ‘Lateef’‘ is another stripped back, subtly groovy beats from the producer, with lots of little instrumentation flourishes and layers to keep everything interesting. His use of samples and control over structure and atmosphere makes Saad one of the most promising new producers, who is also regularly releasing new material. We’re enjoying it all immensely.
Keeray Makoray released their new EP ‘Island in the City’ and the whole thing is a blast to listen to. It’s full of funky instrumentation and Altamash Sever’s theatrical vocal complementing the overblown melodrama of the album nicely. ‘Ebb‘ is one of those unashamedly fun tracks – the entire thing pauses just for Sever to whisper ‘sex’. That might sound infantile but in the context of the album it’s comical. This is Keeray Makoray not taking themselves seriously. You’ll have fun with this one.
For a completely different vibe, or if you don’t want to have sex whispered into your ears, then ‘Progressive Pushto‘ might be more up your alley. Produced by Hasan A. and Zahra Paracha, the track features a stunning duet of the rabab and the guitar. It’s difficult to explain, but it’s a wonderful journey that feels modern and emotionally affecting.
Cheemgadar is back with another frustrating sub-2 minute track ‘Teesra Jhoola’, but it features some incredibly pretty piano and trademark surreal lyrics, so you might as well put it on loop. I’ve been singing ‘ye kya hai meri daari mein’ over the past week since I heard it.
Finally, there’s ‘Casette Kahani’ from Sikandar Ka Mandar who, if you’ve been living under a rock, just released their sophomore album. The album is full of great tracks but Casette Kahani stands out as a particularly unique one. Gleamed with nostalgic lo-fi production and charming story about a jugnu in the jungle, this track is an exceptional and surprising end to a great album, and perhaps even suggests a new direction of sound for the band. We’ll have to wait and see.
Listen to all the tracks below, and don’t forget to follow and support the artists wherever you can. Thanks for checking in, see you next month!