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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…

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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…

First Light – Cheeems

Cheeems is one of those chameleonic artists who seems able to do anything. In the bouncy ‘round the bend’, he takes on the stripes of chill dance music. In the stellar ‘Water’, he’s bluesier and poppier, before switching up into a sort of psych-funk breakdown. In 'Island Dawn', he’s a lo-fi bedroom singer-songwriter. But if…

An Open Application to Cornetto Pop Rock

To Whom It May Concern, I am writing this letter to you as an application to appear on your programme Cornetto ™ Pop Rock. Look, I know what you do. The performance, the music, the showbiz, the glitz and the glamour. I get it. And I am certain that I tick all those boxes. But…

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New music this week – February 2017

Lots of new music released this week: A Sudden Sullen Turn - Asfandyar Khan Ambient artist Asfandyar Khan, also known by his electronic alter ego TMPST, has released a melancholic new track in a 'A Suddent Sullen Turn'. The last we heard of Khan was his contribution to the Forever South Collections Vol. 4, but it's good to…

Sibylline – Spirare and Tipu Sabziwaar

There's a sound that pops up midway through 'Sibylline' that sounds vaguely like a mobile phone vibrating on a distant table. It's a weirdly disconcerting sound - the first time I heard it I immediately looked around for my phone - and Spirare uses it as a Trojan horse for anxious and swirling synths as…

Wonderful to be – CHERRISH

‘Wonderful to be’ starts with the chucking sound of a train, of metal on metal, and the sound weaves in and out of the track throughout. Railway stations are in-between places, limbos, where you’re not quite here and not quite there, still in transit. With ‘Wonderful to be’, CHERRISH captures this feeling of being perpetually…