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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

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

Hassan Hadeed’s ‘Red Semantic Voicings’ is perfect for a lazy Sunday

Hassan Hadeed is a Rawalpindi-based artist who operates in the spaces between singer-songwriter, post-rock and ambient music. Take something like 'Dream Noise', where it sounds like the mics and amps have been overloaded and distorted, but the result is nonetheless beautiful. 'Miss You' has a DIY, my-recording-equipment-is-crap feel to it, and really reminds me of some of The

Listen to the lovely ‘No Funeral At All’ from ‘Causing a Tiger’ (2010)

Throwback to 2010's experimental album 'Causing a Tiger' from musicians Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi and Shahzad Ismaily. Ismaily, born to Pakistani immigrant parents, is an incredibly talented self-taught composer and musician, currently based in New York. 'No Funeral At All', the lovely tender opener to the album, has elements of Northern Pakistani folk music to it