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Coke Studio Season 7 releases episode 4

October 11, 2014

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Clockwise: Asrar, Javed Bashir and Humaira Channa, Zoheb Hassan and Usman Riaz.
Clockwise: Asrar, Javed Bashir and Humaira Channa, Zoheb Hassan and Usman Riaz.

Coke Studio on Saturday released four new songs from episode four of season seven on its website and social media accounts.

While Asrar, Zoheb Hassan, Javed Bashir and Humaira Channa made a comeback, episode four introduced the talented young musician Usman Riaz.

Dheere Dheere:

Like his previous song in the second episode this year, Chehra, Zoheb Hassan recreated the super famous pop song of its times, Dheere Dheere. With Jaffer Hussain on clarinet and Omran Shafique on guitar as guest musicians, Dheere Dheere is one groovy song of the season.

Ambwa Talay:

After listening to Phool Banro and Ambwa Talay, it can be safely said that Humera Channa's musical harmony with other singers is par excellence. While in episode two, Javed Bashir gave a powerful performance with Charkha, in Ambwa Talay he was able to maintain the soulful and soothing effect of the song. Guest musicians in the song included Arsalan Ali on xylophone, Jaffer Hussain on clarinet and Shallum Xavier on guitar.

Bone Shaker:

'Bone Shaker' by Usman Riaz stood out in the episode for its distinctness. The young sensation presented the first ever instrumental track of this season by playing on a modified acoustic guitar. Guest musicians, Babar Khanna on tabla and Sajid Ali on flute gave an eastern touch to the uniquely composed 'Bone Shaker'.

Shakar Wandaan:

Asrar's Akho Ali Ali from episode one received a massive response from fans and critics alike and same buoyancy was expected from Shakar Wandaan as well. With Shallum Xavier on guitar and Tanveer Tafu playing banjo the song echoed the richness of Pubjabi folk and traditions.

Episode four saw mix reactions from fans on Twitter:

It seemed that very few liked Zoheb Hassan’s version of Dheere Dheere:

Asrar's Shakar Wandaan on the other hand was loved by many and might even make it to weddings:

Usman Riaz was hailed by Tweeps for his instrumental 'Bone Shaker':

Ambwa Talay also stirred positive responses from fans: