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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…

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…

Pehli – Mooroo

  With any pop artist, when you strip everything away, a singular question remains: ‘why should I care?’ All the great artists know this, and even when singing through the most banal platitudes, they find a way to make you care. About their story. About their life.  ‘Mariam’, a previous release from Mooroo, set the…

Soulspins EP – Slowspin

  I came across Slowspin, aka Zeerak Ahmed, after falling into a soundcloud hole, prompted by Tonje Thilesen's fantastic article in Pitchfork Magazine entitled Searching for an Underground Generation in Karachi, Pakistan. First was Rise, a steadfastly lo-fi track, with a generous glaze of vinyl crackle covering the whole thing. The repeated lyric is almost indecipherable — don’t… very far? go back…

Mythic Tales of Tomorrow II – NAWKSH

In an interview with The Quietus, Nawksh, the moniker for Karachi-based producer Danial Hyatt, says: “My music is a deep-dive into the most difficult, darkest parts of my psyche. There I attempt to befriend the monsters that lurk, and convince them to follow me back out, knowing they'll dissolve in the light of the Sun.”…

I Need Space – Zahra Paracha

'I need space', for Zahra Paracha, is a thinly disguised 'get the fuck away from me'. Beautifully sung by Aaishay Haque who brings just the right amount of 'idgaf', the warbled vocal effects swoop around like vultures over a deadpan bass beat. Towards the end, the track kicks off with a melodramatic boom, segueing into…