Mehdi Maloof’s songwriting can be surreal genius. I first saw Mehdi on a Gulberg rooftop, performing پیلی میری بطخ (my duck is yellow) on a ukelele. In the song, Mehdi talks to his rubber duck while in the bath. In short, these songs are strange arpeggios underpinning very weird…
In 2006, Strings released a song called Beirut. It is an anti-war song, but the words and emotion felt pertinent this week.
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A classic from the Benjamin sisters. The aesthetic timbre of this old video is striking. I was drawn to the nature of the studio, having spent some tim…
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I wanted to send something joyful for Eid. This song, by Brooklyn/Lahore based band Sandaraa always makes me smile. I’d reviewed this EP on release, an…
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Another classic in the melancholic-but-not-downer genre. I also get a kick out of Shehzad Mughal just taking an electric guitar out of the hands of a g…
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I have a history of writing long essays around Coke Studio. Often I start these as ‘reviews’, but then it takes me so long to write them that eventuall…
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One of my rules is to be wary of anything that describes itself as Pakistan’s first. More often than not these claims are held up by poor research and …
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Zohaib Kazi was an excellent choice as a producer for Coke Studio 11. His big break as Rohail Hyatt’s assistant producer on Coke Studio came as a resul…
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