SINGLE REVIEW: Runaway by Mahmood Khan
Enchanting and reverent are two words that could be used to describe Mahmood Khan’s new release, Runaway. The track follows on from Mahmood’s single release late last year, One Line Down. Where that track showcased performances from luminaries of Miami’s Latin music industry, including Ed Calle on sax, highly acclaimed drummer Lee Levin, Julio Hernandez on bass, gifted guitar player Camilo Velandia and producer and musician/magician Doug Emery on keys, Runaway reveals yet another facet to this Pakistani-born singer-songwriter and consummate music artist: he played all the instruments on the track. This is no surprise as Mahmood has had an illustrious career, some of whose highlights include, the release of Mahmood’s first solo album, which featured the legendary artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which sold over 6 million copies, Mahmood becoming the first Pakistani-born artist to crack the US world music radio stations, as well as being the first Asian-born Australian artist to hit #1 on the ARIA charts and other amazing achievements including attaining 50 million YouTube streams. As well as performing on the track, Mahmood produced as well, though he certainly is no stranger to that element of the recording process, his production experience is exemplary, some of which includes his work on Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise and Vanessa Williams’ The Right Stuff. Runaway begins with an unsuspecting keyboard riff that quickly evolves into a full and dynamic track. It’s worldbeat flavours are peppered by touches of pop and rock yet manage to sustain a spiritual edge, this due to the nature of the lyric, which Mahmood has commented on, going on to say that, ‘the lyrics are abstract and suggest exploration of the inner self. The song is about freedom, inner exploration, conquering fears, and reaping the rewards of being yourself’. This sensibility is finely wrought throughout the song via memorable melodic parts, exciting instrumentation and a passionate, sparkling performance. Runaway should have no problem repeating the success of Mahmood’s last single release, One Line Down and go on to help expose this incredible music talent to an even wider audience.
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