KHALIQ have released their single "SHINE ON " (with its summer 60's vibes) & WORLD ALONE(dedicated to George Harrison/ Beatles) earlier this year.and are set to release their much talked about Debut album ASTRAL PROJECTIONS September 2013, produced by legendary producer Gavin Monaghan.(Robert Plant, The Twang, Elvis Costello, Paulo Nutini, OCS). KHALIQ are supporting their single & album releases with both Local and National tour:
Khaliq has been recording his new album featuring both Steve Cradock & Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene & a host of special guests

FOR PEOPLE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE HISTORY OF Khaliq HERE GOES: khaliq recorded with Gavin Monagan when the studio was in the bottom of gavins garden ,the original magic garden, he was then signed( back in the day) by Tony Wilsons factory too records ,Manchester, he moved to Manchester under the management of hot soup Derek Ryder,that's right Sean and Pauls dad...........top geezer,and that how it all began.....
KHALIQ'S first album album ASIAN MAN was recorded at Depp studios B'ham with Danny Sprigg and produced by Ged Lynch and Martin Slattery of BLACK GRAPE. KHALIQ'S next album THE WAY OF ZEN was recorded a few years later again at Dep ,produced by Khaliq and Danny Sprigg.
Khaliq unfortunately in a gig in Midem Cannes, France.was electrocuted ,triple phase, and was looking like lights our for khaliq...................We don't know how but he survived ,a heart attack, suspected broken neck,blood clots, It was a dark time in khaliq's life...........khaliq left the industry at this point.It took years for Khaliq to get back on his feet,and then khaliq went full circle, back to Gavin Monaghan and The Album ASTRAL PROJECTIONS Was Born........................................................life had returned..................KHALIQ HAS BEEN TOURING HIS NEW ALBUM,RECEIVING GREAT REVIEWS FOR THE ALBUM AND LIVE PERFORMANCES AND IS KNOW RECORDING NEW ALBUM WITH THE LEGEND GAVIN MONGAHN AT THE MAGIC GARDEN STUDIOS WITH A HOST OF SPECIAL GUESTS ..........STEVE CRADOCK(OCS/PAUL WELLER) ,ANDY BENNETT(OCS), SAM ROGERS,ANDY SAX,BEN DRUMMOND,BRYON CORBETT..STU FORD..............ETC.....................

Mike Davies 2013 roots and branches / the beat(album review)

I originally wrote about this almost a year ago, but the usual music business hurdles means Astral Projections by KHALIQ is only now getting a release at the end of this month. His band name as well as his own, the West Mids singer-songwriter blends an Asian heritage with a childhood listening to the likes of Zeppelin, Free, the Stones and the Beatles, resulting in an album that expertly fuses Eastern and Western musical colours.
Produced by Gavin Monaghan and backed by a tight band, it's packed with strong melodies and hooks, Camouflage sounding like Paul Weller with tablas while Be The One (originally titled Be My Baby), Asian Man and the sitar driven England find him channeling Cat Stevens. The bass riding funky blues n soul of Everybody's Talking and Wild West recall Ben Harper, Where Is The Love with its choppy guitar riff and wah wah harks to 60s psych-garage R&B and Get Back suggests the folk blues of Gomez with added fuzz guitar solo. It's probably no accident that track shares a Beatles connection, after all World Alone (While My Sitar Gently Weeps) marries social protest rap to hints of George Harrison and , closing track Winter Rain borrows the chorus line from Here Comes The Sun, but changes the climatic conditions. Energetic, raw and packed with musical muscle, it's one of the year's strongest debuts.

MUSICEYES : 2013 Album Review Astral Projections by Khaliq

Having been given a copy of this album from the midlands based band, Khaliq, to review I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, I was pretty much blown away. Khaliq is both the name of the band and their front man. The album is hugely commercial, blending influences from the east and west and using instruments to reflect this. Strong clear vocals mix with some very well put together tracks. You don't know what is going to come your way next - from the rock charged 'Where Is The Love', the Paul Weller styled 'Wild West' to the great tribute to George Harrison 'World Alone (while my sitar gently weeps'. There isn't a bad track on this album and I enjoyed every minute. The single from the album 'Shine On' is already getting some great reviews.

It almost seems as though it is a case that whatever Gavin Monaghan touches turns to gold. Robert Plant, Paolo Nutini, Ocean Colour Scene, The Twang are just some of the bands that he has helped turn into household names and he can potentially add Khaliq to that list.

Both the name of the frontman and his accompanying band, Khaliq plays what can only be described as ‘proper guitar music.’ He compares himself to the likes of The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin but that doesn't do him justice and takes away from his unique sound. Instead, Khaliq is an interesting example of what happens when eastern influences meet western styles causing a great big continental splash of interesting, catchy and soulful guitar music.

Opening track ‘Camouflage’ is a really infectious pop/rock melody and probably leans itself best to comparisons with Ocean Colour Scene. The key is in the simplicity of the song. It opens with simple guitar notes before a little harmony bows out to open up the track. It builds up a steady momentum and gets your foot tapping as you become accustomed to the gentle melody. However, half way through the track turns into a completely different beast as Khaliq does a bit of freestyle rapping, only to effortlessly slow down the tone once more to that gentle, steady pop rock harmony.
Khaliq’s unique approach to multi-genre song writing that makes this album so exciting
‘Be the One’ does a good job of showcasing Khaliq’s vocal power. His voice is not one that is overpowering but it still manages to leave a lasting impact. At times he almost sounds like one man jamming out in his back yard such is the laid back approach he brings to vocals. A simple and catchy melody reverberates around ‘Be The One’ allowing Khaliq to put his soft, gentle, husky vocals to a song that showcases another side of his creativity.

First single ‘Shine On’ is the first really rocky track on the album, opening with a raunchy guitar riff and building up well-structured bridges to an anthemic, memorable chorus. The guitar work plays a huge part here as Khaliq is allowed the freedom to roam and when he concentrates solely on playing guitar he is really at his best. His musical direction sees him explore all manner of different strokes and tones and at times, it is almost like listening to him fully explore his guitar right in front of you, such is the ease that he performs meandering rhythms and delicate harmonies.

Khaliq turns his hand to setting scenes with his next three songs. ‘Wild West’, ‘England’ and ‘Asian Man’ are all themed songs that represent Khaliq’s different influences. While ‘Wild West’ incorporates a number of percussion instruments to reflect the styles of the area, ‘England’ is your more mainstream, guitar-driven rock song and ‘Asian Man’ offers that continental rhythm that continues to prove that everything Khaliq produces is innovative, unique and new.

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Review of Astral Projections by Khaliq
The collaboration that produced the 'Astral Projections' album is really strong. Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Elvis Costello/OCS/Robert Plant), the music rattles with raw emotions. Songs about everyday life, money ,hopes & dreams are pages torn from your diary. With supports with Jon Fratelli & Steve Craddock (OCS/Paul Weller) everything really comes together well. Khaliq is already planning to write some new tracks with Steve Cradock.
Khaliq's music can be purchased on iTunes and I would urge you to listen.
Review by Doug Duffin

Direct from the bloodline of Cat Stevens, Ben Harper and Nusrat fateh Ali Khan springs the beautiful music of Khaliq. Every line and crease in his voice tells of hard lives lived and lessons learned. Astrally project into the concealed worlds within each of his songs. -
Gavin Monaghan(producer/Robert Plant, Elvis Costello/OCS/).

Single Review 2011
Soulful hip-hop vocals with a socially authoritative rap interlude and spindling guitars merge to underline a class barrier breaking lyrical bite that draws attention to common traits, 'World Alone'. Singer, guitarist and urban poet, Khaliq puts in a sincere and sterling display at reaching out to highlight the problems of loneliness.

This wistful West Midland born wordsmith delivers his message and then allows a symphonic electro-indie backdrop, giving a gyration inducing edge to this touch of streetwise honesty. 'Camouflage', sees Khaliq's vocals taking on a grittier, rock skirting edge with the odd painstaking stammer thrown in, as this slower, more pleading number cries out for universal freedom. As debut singles go, this is promising and mysteriously intriguing. There's certainly more to come.
David Adair ALLGIGS.UK


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