SINGLE REVIEW: One Line Down by Mahmood Khan

One Line Down is the new single release by singer-songwriter, musician and filmmaker Mahmood Khan. Khan wrote and produced the song in the beautiful and tranquil Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. ‘The song is about the joy in striving to achieve an inner balance in life cos it is never everything great 100% of the time. There’s always one line down. Again,’ says Mahmood about his new track. The joy Mahmood talks about is clear when one hears the record; an inspiring, exhilarating sound with a strong, optimistic message.

After a trail-blazing career which includes Mahmood’s enduring recordings with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his debut solo album selling over 6 million records, he went on to create music history in Australian when he became the first Asian artist to score a number one on the ARIA pop charts with his international hit Like the River. His contribution to the global music scene is indisputable with Mahmood credited for creating a new musical genre: world pop.

One Line Down is a perfect example of this style. On this track, Mahmood fronts an amazing group of seasoned musicians including the great Ed Calle on sax, highly acclaimed drummer Lee Levin, Julio Hernandez on bass, Camilo Velandia on guitar and producer Doug Emery on keys. From the very start of the track, the band is in full swing, with a fiery sax part leading the charge and segueing into the verse, with Mahmood’s spirited vocal performance taking over. The melody lines are memorable and the mood and feel of the track are infectious, evoking optimism, joy and congeniality.

One Line Down’s success will add to Mahmood’s growing list of achievements, which include becoming the first Pakistani born artist to crack the US world music radio stations; a feat that will surely be repeated with this great new release.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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