Sumud, the new Niyaz album, has been haunting me since I first heard it in late May.
It's got all the requisite "world fusion" trappings, including cleverly layered electronic textures and loops. This collage, which features the song "Parishaan," isn't an official video, just images gathered by vocalist Azam Ali. No visuals are needed: Listen to the way she slides over and around the textures -- the rhythm has some intricate hiccups but she never furrows a brow, instead exuding a smooth and untroubled serenity. The contrast between that tone and the considerably more active pulse is like an energy shot with a hot chocolate chaser: It thrills and relaxes at the same time.