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TAAZA: ‘Dus Rupay Glass’ by Saulat Qadri

Saulat Qadri's latest track centres around the repeated phrase 'dus rupay glass' blaring from a distant juice vendor. And even though Qadri warns us with a disclaimer - 'you might find the loops monotonous' - it's quickly evident that that is the point. This 11 minute track reminded me of composer Steve Reich's famous 'Come

The Unbearable Lightness of Lawn

Lahore in the summer is colonised by lawn billboards. Fifty-foot women flanking the Jinnah flyover informing us that lawn season is here. IT’S HERE, and this is only Vol 1. I think their ubiquity is supposed to elicit a Pavlovian reaction in women stuck in traffic. But behind those lawn billboards, behind every patronising reassurance

Frostbitten Kitten by Karachi Night

Happy Machines by Karachi Night Karachi Night, aka Yousef Qadeer, has two releases, both from 2015: 'Happy Machines' and the 4-track 'Composure' EP. With a heavy garage punk sound - maybe some Velvet Undergound influence? -  Karachi Night often anchors his tracks to a stiff bassline that remains solid and unwavering throughout. 'Frostbitten Kitten' is similar -

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

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

Khan Solo releases gorgeous beat tape ‘Stargirl’

Inspired by Dilla, Motown, Audrey Hepburn and classic 50's Hollywood, Khan Solo's latest beat tape is a gorgeous, rich and emotional listening experience. I've been playing this on repeat all weekend. His use of samples is occasionally breathtaking: "You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down" from It's a