In July’s edition of Ruth Saxelby's World View column, she focused on the port city of Karachi, Pakistan, profiling the Forever South (FXS) musical collective, among other artists. One of the main musicians in that group is Haamid Rahim, who records as Dynoman, and he’s just released a new album entitled Travels to Janaicah: Cheebay’s Imagination. It offers a discontinuous, collage and sample-oriented approach reminiscent of LA’s beat scene (centered around Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder and club night Low End Theory), but Dynoman is ultimately doing his own thing. The record’s sense of melody is striking, offering earworms that don’t initially present themselves as such in the form of chipmunk’d vocals, twisting synths and tightly programmed percussion, and a relaxed tone that is soothing without coming across as drained and sedated.
Illustration Asma Javeri
September 09, 2014