Nermin Niazi – Disco Se Aagay
Blinding excavation of Urdu-language disco from Brummie-Pakistani siblings Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh, recorded in 1984 and illuminating a proper, prototypical strain of club fusion on new, LA-based label, Discostan
Surely thee best disco link to the subcontinent since Charanjit Singh’s ragas for a 303 & 808, Nermin Niazi’s glorious naïf yet accomplished efforts stand as testament to the complex cultural riches of Birmingham and the ambitions of young immigrants who came to positively transform British cities over the course of generations. Yet despite the patently obvious, prism-pushing brilliance of the music, the album didn’t quite take off as they hoped, and the 14 year old singer Nermin, and her 19 year old producer brother Feisel, would quit music in favour of school, university, and “proper” jobs as policewoman and the financial sector in California. Thank chuff, then, for the attention of Arshia Fatima Haq of DJ collective/party series Discostan, who found a copy of ‘Disco Se Aagay’ in NYC’s A1 records, and hi discovery of the duo’s YouTube channel, for this life-affirming reissue reminder, offered as Discostan’s first release.
The duo’s confection of new wave inspiration from Pet Shops Boys to Japan with Hindustani scales would find some parallels in Bollywood and Lollywood soundtracks, and also in the music of one time Grange Hill star Sheila Chandra (Monsoon), and later on in Sophiya Haque’s discoid acid house turns as Akasa, but the sheer abundance of glittering, ohrwurming DX7 hooks and slinky 909 grooves in ‘Disco Se Aagay’ is just setting our tiny minds on fire, especially in the ultra-lush, Italo-esque burner ‘Sari Sari Raat’, and the sultry swivel of ‘Dil Mein Dil Mein’, or the floating bliss of ‘Chala Hai Akela.’ The samples should already have you in a lather, so don’t fight the feeling.
A 100% doozy!