Album Art Chronicles

The concept of album art has always been purely functional. You know the artist, you know the album name, usually named after one of the songs in the album, the album list in in the back and done. However, these five album covers prove that the art is just as important for creating the feel of the music and what you are about to listen to.

Rushk – SawalSawal
Here’s why the album art is so good: it reflects the “found” music of the whole
album. Just like found art is created with a collage of objects, the random selection of bleeps, sound clips, telephone rings that links every
song is found art interpreted in sound. The dentures between a set of clamps is a found art sculpture that denotes that you are about to listen to something haunting and unforgettable.

Peeli PattiNoori – Peeli Patti Aur Raja Jani Ki Gol Dunya
The minimalistic, almost cartoon sketch of Noori’s second album convey’s the whimsy and youthful vibe that has always been a characteristic of Noori’s music. There is an Atlas holding the world on his shoulders vibe here but instead the two stick figures could be Ali Noor and Ali Hamza balancing the weight of expectations as they deliver their second album to the world.

Mooro – PehliPehli
The psychedelic cover art of Mooro’s first album indicates the colorful happiness that permeates in his songs. Musically, the songs are full of optimism like the catchy Ronay Laga or the existential-but-still-hopeful Mein Koun Houn. As far as picture-of-artist-in-the-cover approaches go, Mooro’s illustrated one is attention grabbing.

Meekal Hasan Band – Andholan
Mekaal Hasan BandThere is definitely a love for illutsrations in most of these album covers and MHB is no different. Their calligraphic take with the central motif being the circle shows the method in the madness like the breathless Maalkauns. The music rises and undulates much like the tentacles emanating from the center of the circle, combining the elements of earth, fire, air and water.


The D/A Method – The Great Disillusion
The D/A Method has recently broken out into the mainstream and they are

incredible. The card sleeve opens into an exquisitely illustrated three panels that are full of surreal illustrations. The three tv screens show what Pakistanis love most which is fashion, cricket and Bollywood but again it could also speak to the plastic and material nature of our world. And in the style of music albums of yore, there is a little booklet with song lyrics and more Francisco Goya-esque illustrations. A work of art just like their solo album.

[Written by Atiya Abbas; she will only talk to you in pop culture references, or so says her twitter bio.]

Kuch Podcasts, Kuch Poetry

Moaziz Khawateen o Hazraat,

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Every Thursday, we feature a collection of the best and most recent podcasts we have on Patari. This week, you get an an added bonus: a poetry playlist! Featuring works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Jaun Elia, recitations by Alea Rizvi, Sajjad Ali and Dastangoi, this is not to be missed.

These phenomenal stars are featured on our homepage: Ahsan Saeed, MadArtCulture, The Padded Room, Beauty Hooked and Zara Hutt Kay.  Ek dam F-16 speed ke sath streaming scene on karein!



Musadiq Sanwal – husband, father, son, dear friend and a true artist. He loved performing live for music lovers and beloved friends, and was an avid composer and promoter of indigenous music. Despite being trained in Indian classical music, Sanwal was best known for his Sufi and folk music. he also composed across mediums for theatre, radio, documentaries, and alternative film to storytelling productions, each resonating with a familiar, everyday Pakistan.

Kaagha, his last album, is one in which Sanwal’s effortless vocals capture the essence of Sufiyaana kalaam by Baba Farid, Shah Hussain, Amir Khusru, Shakeel Badayuni and Bhagat Kabir. Sanwal’s musical composition is complemented by Bilal Brohi’s instrumentation. In this wondrous set, ancient folklore flows into modernity, heedless of time’s constructs, crystallized effortlessly.

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Dhayr sara pyaar
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girl powerMaa ki birthday, behn ki graduation aur bae ke liye bus ainwaen tohfay talash karnay na niklein, you don’t know what they want. We do. Therefore, we brought something super awesome your way. On Khaadi’s 18th birthday, a fantastic anthem of empowerment – Choo Liya Aasmaan – by the All Girl Band, a free gift card worth Rs. 5000, all about women – AUR KYA CHAHIYE? Go to, participate and win, win, win!

Chand Tara Orchestra is back and we’re sure they’re going to save December with their latest single ‘Khaak Nasheen‘. A blend of fusion and sufism, the boys have one-upped their game! With Sherry on vocals, Omran Shafique on guitar, Babar on bass and Gumby on drums, we hope you love this track as much as we do!

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Rabi-ul-Awal special ‘Teray Dar Te Agaey‘, 4-5 of some our podcasts by Ahsan SaeedHow To PakistanZara Hut Ke and MadArtCulture – this week’s homepage is trying to make everyone happy. Check karein aur feedback dein, pls!

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Screen Shot 2016-12-10 at 9.39.06 pmBefore we start off with the regular Haftanama, we wanted to remember this legendary icon, the best memory of our entire bachpan, a part of one of the most golden times we can all relate to – Always in our hearts, Junaid Jamshed (1964 – infinity). Rest in peace, King.

This week on our homepage, we have a very special Rabi-ul-Awal track for all of you by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan not to mention Karma Walay by Braadri Broadcast; which will give you a combined taste of Punjabi folk and Urdu ghazal.
The Desert Journey is The D/A Method’s new single breaking all barriers with its video as it works with several cliches — sex, violence and deception in a brothel — and executes them brilliantly in a single take shoot.
Showcasing some of the awesome podcasts we have with us, we made a Podcast Playlist for you to enjoy along with all the different artists who sent in their new episodes: Usman Riaz with his 3rd episode of The Mano Log, Zara Hutt Ke’s transmission of the devastating, fatal PIA crashAhsan’s travel blog and Ep. 17 of How To Pakistan.

For the make up lovers and beauty junkies among us, we have a brand new Beauty Hooked Broadcast. For all you gamers out there, check out Attack From Both Sides.

A new event by Red Vault features the Saami Brothers in an exclusive Qawali night.
Date: 10th Dec, 2016.
Time: 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Venue: Clifton, Karachi.


For more details: Saami Brothers Qawal Live at Red Vault – Exclusive Qawali Night.

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Dhayr sara pyaar
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This week, we’re celebrating the birthdays of our absolute favorites, the insanely talented Meesha Shafi and Mekaal – check out this pyari Birthday Special PL from Patari and sing Happy Birthday, kids.

Want to put on some Indie and chill? Our Indie playlist should have all your favorites and some new ones you might not have heard before but will totally fan over now. Don’t believe us? It’s okay, humein bhi thora oversell laga tha but check it out, anyway. Our Top New Releases and Drama OSTs playlists have been updated with 50 of the best and newest tracks we asked/begged/sold our organs for.

They rose to fame with their satirical rap song ‘Burger-e-Karachi‘, but Young Stunners had many songs before and after this widely acclaimed single. Hailing from the city of lights, these Karachiites keep getting bigger and better! Proof is in this album. Saving the coolest and newest for last, 6LA8 has released a new album ‘Stupor‘. Broaden your horizons and give this album a try. Who knows, maybe the ambient, drone and post rock mix feel of this music is what you have been searching for all your life.


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Dhayr sara pyaar
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A room full of students, the CEO of an up and coming online music portal, and the best of Pakistani music in all its diversity, sheer brilliance and magic: Kinnaird College was kind enough to invite Khalid Bajwa to their Business Week for a talk, and fell in love with the music he shared from Patari. So for all you converts, if you’re new to Pakistani music and want to experience it in all its breathtaking glory, start with our Pakistani Music 101 playlist!

Thanday thanday mausam mein ice cream khanay ka maza hi kuch aur hota hai. Mix that with some amazing #PopRock songs and we get the party playlist of the season with Cornetto Pop Rock Season 1. We asked a bunch of desi Simon Cowells what they thought of the songs from Pop Rock’s two brilliant seasons. Check out the video here: Cornetto Pop Rock Reaction Video.

Mooroo’s Pehli is still the star of our Patari, sweeping away all the stats (most listened, most played, so much pyar, etc.). The complete OST of Dobara Phir Se and Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal –  an upcoming 2016 Pakistani action war film/historical film which explores Pakistan’s history, beginning from its independence in 1947 up to the present day – are also up. Not to toot our own Pakistani horn, but our cinema really has come a long way.

This week’s Patari Picks are featured on our homepage along with the latest in FXS’s #Hotcues series: With My – Block-2.

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Aaj hum ne jo kehna hai kehne dou, dil mein mat rakhnay dou. Moooroo’s new album ‘Pehli‘ is out and on our hompage! Hamara dil tou khushi ke aansu ro raha hai, and we’re sure you’re excited too. Our featured film OST this week is ‘Dobara Phir Se‘. All those girls and boys out there who are pondering whether to give love a second chance, maybe this is the answer to your question. But if it happens every time, phir samajh lein aap ki kismat mein ye nahi likha. Aap ke bus ki baat nahi. Aap manhoos– okay, you get it.

Noori is an unstoppable force: they’re releasing songs faster than the students running to submit assignments on deadline days. Do listen to their song with Sara Haider ‘Dil Ki Qasam‘ if you’re in need of some motivation. (Yeh gana kahan tha jab hum Patari launch kar rahay thay?). Shor tou koi bhi macha leta hai – hamarey siyasatdaano ko he dekh lein – but hamarey  Hotcues par give ‘Tartare‘ by TMPST a listen. This post dubstep, electronic beat is the latest in Forever South’s Hotcues series. Top New Releases tou must hain for this week as we bring to you taza, fresh and garma garam songs in this nimmi nimmi sardi ka mausum. More updates for our drama lovers: new songs have been updated on our Top New Drama OSTs playlist as always. Check out Shuja Haider’s Singles along with our All Time Top 30 charts. Calling all headbangers and metal lovers, Dionysus’s album is being featured on our homepage!

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The Podcast Culture

New age technology is all about making everything easier. Too tired to click a button? Here’s complete touch screen. Too tired to look for original Pakistani songs on Soundcloud? Here is Patari. Too tired to run after a girl with a boombox on your shoulders? Here’s tinder. Basically, if it doesn’t reduce human effort, it’s useless.

A while ago when electronic media was introduced, people were sure that newspapers would become obsolete, but defying all odds like Donald Trump, newspapers somehow made it through. The same was thought about books when audio-books were introduced, but just like Karan Johar’s movies; the hype was a mole disguised as a mountain. Did the audiobooks really fail, though?

Let’s go back to when the radio was the only entertainment in our lives. Be it ‘The King’s Speech’ or the announcement of the creation of a new country, people led their simple lives with the chatter of the radio in the background. TVs replaced radios like a news anchor changes his Twitter bio after changing the channel he works at. But the audio culture didn’t die. And soon, the internet introduced “podcasts”: digital audio files, available as a series. Gaining popularity in the world, Pakistani listeners were still not too keen on the idea. Patari Statistics are proof:

So, we decided to dedicate a day to podcasts only and experiment with a variety of things people can plug and play. Or in this case, click and play. What do people love to hear the most, we asked ourselves. The answers helped us make a petri dish of a collection of podcasts to see what sticks!

Patari’s main tile featured the legendary Zia Mohyeddin, who, apart from being a legendary artist, producer, director and broadcaster, also had a voice tuned by angels and the time to put it to good use. Bless him for recording the short stories of a number of famous Urdu writers and poets. His podcast was as enthusiastically welcomed as hot samosas at aftaar.

Ismat Chughtai needs no introduction: a fierce short story writer who could play the whole story on the screen of your mind.

Urdu Adab podcast aims to spread Urdu Adab to people who cannot read or write Urdu. It contains short stories which are meaningful, funny, romantic & sarcastic as well as some poetry and literature.

Next up was a podcast for the science geeks in us! Creation of the universe, cosmic reasoning, saari qayenaat aap ka scene on karanay ki sazish kesay karti hai and many other questions were discussed by Absar Taqvi in this Cosmology Podcast.

The MadArtCulture Podcast features a discussion on pop culture and everything that’s happening in the art scene. Providing 411 on all that’s hot, millenial podcast = check.

But what is a podcast that isn’t sassy, cut throat, informative but critical at the same time? Our homepage also featured The Padded Room’s take on the latest Hollywood movie Dr. Strange (spoiler alert!)

And Mahwash Ajaz’s review on the drama series Khuda Mera Bhi Hai (spoiler alert here too!)

Alea Rizvi’s Nostalgia does justice to its name and makes you feel all those feelings that you saved up in the treasure chest of your memories.

The page wrapped up with Podcast Shodcast, a weekly podcast revolving around Pakistani affairs and phenomena, run by users of /r/Pakistan on Reddit.

Covering (what we think) areas of everybody’s interests, we think we sorta kinda did a pretty good job. What do you think?

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Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqdeer se pehle,
Khuda bande se pooche bata teri razaa kya hai.
We all know who Baba-e-Pakistan is. But another major player behind it all is the ‘spiritual father of Pakistan’ Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have the privilege of having halal meat of our choice today. Patari brings you an inspirational playlist this week, dedicated To Sir Muhammad Iqbal.
Extra! Extra! We have something new and something old for you this week. As the saying goes, third time’s the charm and we’re hoping that applies to Noori’s ‘Yeh Zindagi’ too. For our Co-VEN fans, enjoy The Best of Co-VEN in our awesome compilation. 
Seasons change, trends come and go but classic songs like Strings ‘Dhaani’ and ‘Duur’ never go out of style. Check out our new all exclusive Strings playlist! Update on our Drama OSTs playlist of all those songs that you can relate to while watching the series and have stuck in your head for the rest of the night.
Hot new RnB track by JOFU, the third in Forever South’s #Hotcues series: ‘Freed‘. Swag level tou up ho jaye ga boys and girls, but Pakistani parental advisory is needed or else brace yourself for  jootiyon ki barish with a background rap of galiyan by the ‘rents.
Also bringing you a weekly cosmos of elegant, funky, genre-defying sounds, one song at a time – check out Revultion by Tollcrane. Sometimes you need the beat to take you to another dimension when the voices in your head get too loud.

(Zyada deep honay ke liye maazrat).

Zara ghaur se suniye ga, aap ke liye pesh hai khushkhabri jis ko sun kar aap humein ‘aik pappi idhar aur aik pappi udhar’ zaroor daina chahein ge. Here at Patari, we’re all about equality. Karachi kids, our gig revolution started from Lahore and is now coming your way. Patari is proud to announce its collaboration with Red Vault: being the first of its kind in Pakistan, Red Vault aims to provide digital and physical space with state of the art musical equipments, live recordings and a house band for aspiring artists, musicians & change agents. 

The first gig is happening this weekend, on the 12th of November. Performing artist Alycia Dias needs no introduction: with so many drama OSTs, live performances and a Coke Studio appearance up her sleeve, she has already made a niche for herself. With super hit tracks like Dil-e-Muztar, Kankar, and a recently released single called ‘Sahara’ she keeps getting better and better. Since it’s the season of giving, we have a surprise for all Patari users who have the app in their phones. So come one, come all. The more the merrier!

For event details: Alycia Dias live at Red Vault. 

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Our homepage this week features:

Preacher – a new track by Poor Rich Boys
 Freed – JOFU.
Top New Drama OSTs.
 Best of Strings.
 Iqbal Day Playlist.

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 Lambi saans le ke parhna shuro karein, iss bar ke Haftanama mein boht sari baatein karni hain aap se. This week, it’s strictly about music. We love Noori and it seems you do too, if our stats are anything to go by. Yeh Zindagi, due to popular demand is still on our homepage and going strong.

Bored with the old stuff? Our Top New Releases playlist has been updated for you, nazar daalein zara. The Film OSTs playlist caters to all our Lailas and Majnus, so if you’re sad or happy or somewhere in between, please go see a doctor and also listen to this playlist.

If you love Pakistani Rock, Co-VEN is the band for you with a mix of Eastern sensibilities and Western instrumentation: check out The Best of Co-VENEpisode 8 of Patari Picks is where we refine your taste in music with our gentle nudges. Jambro Sessions ka Vol. 1 aap ki khidmat mein haazir. Jambro’s compilation features some of the coolest jam masters from the city of Karachi and offers a great insight into the vibrant music community of Pakistan.

Janoobi Khargosh – Live at True Brew!IMG_1822

Lahore sirf dou cheezon ke liye mashhoor hai: ek khana aur doosra jalsay. Are you sick of being labelled fat or politically tedious or both? Gone are the days where you could Google or Facebook search your next target, sorry matlab prospective girlfriend or boyfriend on a jalsa. Gigs are the new it place to find love… Think of us as your very own cupids.

A huge shout out to all our jigars who joined us and True Brew Records on Friday and Saturday to attend Janoobi Khargosh‘s live performance. All those who missed out on making their weekend amazing, dil chota na karein, abhi tou shuruaat hui hai. For next time, stay tuned to our social media pages for more gig updates, let  your inner Lahori out, invite your friends and make every weekend fun. Okay? Okay.

Hotcues – Forever South

Patari’s doodh jalebi awesomeness just intensified as our favourite indie-electronic label Forever South launches their Hotcues series on Patari. An ode to the world class music being produced in Pakistan, Forever South is starting its #HotCues series with a roster of super talented, immensely cool musicians! Check out featured artist Tollcrane’s track here:Revultion.

Hotcues, Forever South.
Yeh Zindagi, Noori.
Top New Releases.
Top New Film OSTs.
Best of Co-VEN.
Reshma, Showcase South Asia.
Patari Picks, Ep. 8.
Jambro Sessions, Vol. 1.

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