In August of this year, the Egyptian music scene welcomed a unique new member: Hend. Why’s she unique? Because she’s an anonymous animated artist whose first track and video  ‘Etlatena’ saw her arrive in a colourful blaze of funk and disco.

For her second release, ‘Khod Nafas’, Hend dives further into funk and deeper into disco, delivering a message of slowing down and taking a breather.While there’s no video (yet) this time, the song is nonetheless a vivid and colourful piece. With a rugged phat bass kicking off the track, before retro synth joins the mix alongside a four-on-the-floor kick pattern that gives off the 80’s vibe, but with a modern twist. The guitar slaps and groovy riffs add an upbeat bounciness and, midway through, the retro synths go to a mini-solo that breaks off the hook, verse and the chorus.

It’s a refreshingly joyous and positive track, which has quickly become the signature of an utterly unique artist whose animated shenanigans shouldn't distract from the fact that she is also a very talented singer-songwriter.