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Listen to the 8 minute epic ‘Azka’ from Distorted Minds

Karachi electronic duo of Kamil Bader and Saad Memon aka 'Distorted Minds' ignore all structural cliche's and create a hypnotic, almost meditative track that remains stoic and untroubled throughout. With longer tracks, especially those over 7 minutes, the need for some kind of build or breakdown seems almost a pre-requisite. On 'Azka', though, there's a…

Let It Be – BNK

BNK's original mix for Lowlit's 'Better Late' volume is a special cocktail of genres and sounds that comes together as something fresh and exciting. Take a listen to all the different percussion sounds that bounce out of the track: some of it almost sounds like foley, like at 1.26, which reminds me of running water.…

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…

Plumas – VEKA

  ‘Plumas’ is an album that moves from esoteric electronic pop to ambient music, from lyrics like ‘fingers and toes respond when touched’ to echo-drenched indeterminable vocals, all smoothly transitioning in a cohesive and luscious release. The opening half, from ‘Window’ to ‘El Amohadon de Plumas’ is a journey of electronic jazz, where synth lines…

What’s Going On – MU

    It’s likely that 2016 will be remembered as a collective slap in the face. We lost a number of cultural icons, Trump became president, the UK voted to exit the EU, Aleppo saw one of the worst humanitarian crisis of the decade, and that was all in the last half of the year. Released on the…

Haad Rin – Cacanman

Flutes and electronic music don't tend to mix, but on 'Haad Rin', Abdul Aziz Kazi mashes them together anyway. The result is something that is surprisingly cohesive and dramatic. As the synthesisers weave below, the flute dances on the top of the track, always keeping things interesting.…

Budget Cuts – 6LA8

    "We’re very proud of it. Not least because, for the past few years, life hasn’t been particularly easy for us, and our music reflects our state of mind. There were these moments when we presumed we had lost our sense of celebration, and would just be stuck in these gloomy, lamenting and inevitably…

Hotcues 1-7 – Foreversouth Artists

Unlike previous Forever South Collections, the Hotcues series is manic, frenzied and relentless. While FXS Collections Vol.3 was a colourful experience, Hotcues occasionally moves into trap territory and, while it sounds massive and exciting, there’s a niggling worry that trap is already somewhat out of date, a rigid percussive genre that is running out of places to go. Like EDM, trap occasionally…

Karachi Files – Various Artists

    A mission statement, taken from the Noland label Soundcloud: “NOLAND is not about global and local, not about identity, not about diversity and not about North and South cooperation. NOLAND is about a constellation of individuals, of identities, about laughing, arguing and the cosmic beauty of making music together in space which has…

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