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Sikandar Ka Mandar release music video ‘Shehri’

Sikandar Ka Mandar's latest music video is a satirical critique of middle class attitudes and a social media generation. In the video, the band road trip across Pakistan in a stolen truck, an interior selfie of which is posted to Facebook of course. They light their cigarettes on other people's newspapers, and steal bananas from…

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…

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Patari announce ‘Patari Tabeer’

Music streaming service Patari have just announced 'Patari Tabeer', a new initiative bringing together six lesser known artists and folk singers and pairing them with electronic producers. No wait, don't roll your eyes yet! It may sound very similar to Coke Studio - a narrative designed to tearjerk - but Tabeer does something a little…

E Sharp detail new album

Karachi band E Sharp released their debut album Bahadur Yaar Jung back in May of 2015. Ahmed Zawar has given a few details about the band's sophomore effort via twitter. The follow-up will have 11 new tracks - a welcome number after the bruising 21 tracks of Bahadur - and will be a '180 degree…

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…

Café Mansplain

The mansplain - we’ve all been there and had it done to us. In Sweden they even had to open a hotline for women so they could talk about it – that’s how often it happens. Of course men derailed the entire thing because they kept calling to report they were worried they’d mansplained to someone and…

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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…

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…