In contrast to the melancholic and beautiful Gunkali from Kaavish and punk-funk fiesta from Mauj (both records should release physically somewhere in this century), and the ongoing fusion of Coke Studio that has seen Atif sing Amir Khusro and Ali Zafar break down with Bulley Shah's poignant words, Aasmaan is radically different and the big plus is that it is not juvenile. The album oscillates from guitars to steely eclectic synthesizers and some tormenting and beautiful vocal work. The production is slick, crunchy and crisp. It flows through the album with perfection. For Hadiqa, this record was about taking on world trends and making them her own. She managed just fine with Irfan Kiani - who establishes himself as a fine producer on Aasmaan. In the end, only when acts like Hadiqa Kiani continue with colourful experimentation and covering new musical territory, will a way be paved for new acts to follow. The fact that she is still standing with a dance record, is an achievement. Our music industry is still very much dominated by men and Hadiqa's consistency will motivate and blaze a trail for other female upcoming acts.
Regardless of a six year break from music, nothing has dampened Hadiqa's spirit because when you listen to Aasmaan, you can't end up but smile at what Hadiqa has attempted and gotten away with: a groovy, R'n'B record that is slick in production, fun in wordplay and hip in music.