rom turning heads with sound Coke Studio 14 collaboration with Justin Bibis and Hasan Raheem for ‘Peechay Hutt’ to land his fierce collab Naseebo Lal’Aag’ on the soundtrack of the Disney Plus series, Ms. MarvelTalal Qureshi is in his groove.
Among his latest releases are songs such as ‘Faltu Pyar‘ with Natasha Noorani and Hasan Raheem, and ‘Hmm with Faris Shafi, the latter being an ode to Shafi’s late father.
As a music producer, Talal refused to be labeled and showed he could do anything from lo-fi to trap to ambient without glorifying himself in the context of a song.
As fans decipher her new song featuring Faris Shafi, ‘Hmm‘, in an audio and visual context, Talal Qureshi is not the only one doing collaborations in this post-pandemic, tech-dependent world like never before.
Hasan Raheem released a song this month titled ‘Tu Kahan‘ after collaborating with Karakoram (‘Kyun’) followed by Natasha Noorani and the formidable film by Talal Qureshi ‘Faltu Pyar’.
As well as releasing an acoustic version of ‘Kyun’Hasan released a song titled ‘Tou Kahan’, essentially a collaboration with Karachi-born artist UMAIR. Produced by UMAIR, ‘Tou Kahan’ is written and performed by Abdullah Maharvi, JANI & Hasan Raheem with UMAIR producing, mixing and mastering the song.
Technically, it’s an UMAIR song where he put together a team of artists and it works well. Not all songs are worth considering because we have so much content at our disposal and we only have so many hours in a day. But aside from the fact that any song ft. Hasan Raheem automatically attracts attention, this UMAIR production is very good. On the one hand, he makes no effort to become something like ‘Peechay Hutt‘. This hip-hop and slightly R’n’B track is a love letter to the one who fled. The lyrics describe this story in no uncertain terms; interpreting how we listen to and vibrate to a song is another thing. Since we were unable to find a full-scale music video, the song on Youtube has illustrations you can look at while listening. If the lyrics point to grief, the electro-music also stays true to the idea. This ambient beauty makes for a great song if you give it a chance. UMAIR, like Hasan and Talal, builds his discography, working with other artists, eminent or not. However, it may be the strongest song to come out of their musical camp and we can only hope that UMAIR’s musical stay will continue to show artistic growth. After all, electronic music and hip hop seem to be the voice of the current generation and the competition is getting cheekier, edgier, almost daily. Moreover, it has gone from what was considered compelling (musically) ten years ago, at home and abroad, closely followed by many of us.