British-Pakistani disco duo Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh have had two tracks from their 1984 album, ‘Disco Se Aagay’, remixed by Moving Still for a new EP on Discostan Records. Check out the Jeddah-born, Dublin-based DJ and producer’s irresistible edit of ‘Sari Sari Raat’ below.
The Los Angeles-based label and archival project reissued the Birmingham siblings’ album back in January, remastering its 10 tracks. The brother and sister duo, who were 19 and 14 respectively at the time of the album’s recording during school summer holidays, merged elements of disco, synth-pop and new wave with Urdu lyrics and Hindustani musical scales.
Alongside Moving Still’s edits of ‘Sari Sari Raat’ and ‘Hum Tum’, the new EP also includes previously unreleased material from Niazi’s original recording session in 1984, including two experimental reprises and an English-language version of one of the album tracks.
Speaking about Moving Still’s contemporary reinterpretations of her music, Niazi said: “It’s fascinating to hear our songs transformed for today’s dancefloor while still keeping their authenticity.”
On his involvement in the project, Moving Still said: “I was honoured to be invited by Nermin and Discostan to edit these tracks. I really enjoyed learning the meaning behind the songs and using that as inspiration."
Discostan Records is the project of Arshia Fatima Haq and Jeremy Loudenback, whose goal is to celebrate the music and cultural traditions of the SWANA (Southwest Asian/North African) regions of the world and its diaspora – “from Beirut to Bangkok, via Bombay”, as they put it. Learn more about the project here.
Moving Still is a DJ, producer and immunologist, whose original cuts and Hi-NRG edits of music from the SWANA region have seen him tipped by many high-profile DJs, and seen him release on labels such as Nail Shop, Orange Tree, Jive Hive and Dar Disku. Read our recent interview with him, and check out the accompanying mix, here.
‘Disco Se Aagay: Edits and Reprises’ will be released on 24th September. Pre-order it here.