HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Merry Go Round
The latest release for the enormously talented multi-faceted singer-songwriter, producer, filmmaker and writer Mahmood Khan is Merry Go Round, a joyously hooky track that features an optimistic message and Mahmood’s trademark world pop sensibilities.
The new song follows the incredible success Mahmood is enjoying right across the globe, which includes a string of stand-out singles including Go On which shot to #2 on the AIR charts, and Runaway which entered #4 on the Australian iTunes charts going on to #1.
Mahmood has also achieved phenomenal results at a global level, with One Line Down breaking into the top 20 iTunes USA charts and Ginoo making its debut at #8 on the coveted Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart, a first for a Pakistani artist and an Urdu song. Along with his other achievements, such as attaining 50 million YouTube streams, Mahmood was the first Asian-born Australian artist to hit #1 on the ARIA charts. Mahmood is also working on a book titled Zinda, a tell-all rendition of his time spent in the world of hip-hop in the early nineties, where he rubbed shoulders with Dr Dre, Snoop, Eazy E and the pioneers of hip-hop, The West Coast crew. Merry Go Round is a good encapsulation of the sound and style Mahmood has been developing over the years.
There are elements of world beat, folk and pop brought together to create a unifying, entertaining mix, one that highlights the signatory celebratory nature of his music.
The track is nicely produced with outstanding performances and features interesting and evocative instrumentation. Merry Go Round utilises one main groove around which is built a swirling layer of vocal, guitar and various other instruments, its soothing effect perhaps just one of the reasons why Mahmood has achieved the level of success that he has. This new release will no doubt further enhance Mahmood’s unique place on the Australian music landscape.