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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…

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 -…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…