When Smoke Rises


When Smoke Rises is debut full-length from Toronto singer-songwriter and poet, Mustafa. We have it on Opaque Red vinyl.

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color Opaque Red
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes

Other Features

exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket style Direct-To-Board
jacket type Single
label Regent Park Sounds
mastering engineer Matt Colton
mastering studio Metropolis
pressing location GZ Vinyl
release type New Release

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When Smoke Rises is the sonic embodiment of Mustafa’s radical vulnerability and self-awareness. Produced alongside James Blake and Frank Dukes and released under his own imprint Regent Park Songs, the artist’s eight-track debut is an exercise in honesty, as the artist confronts feelings of grief, sorrow and sadness that he still navigates due to the loss and death of loved ones at the hands of gun violence.

The album acts as both an acknowledgment of his journey as well as a stop to reckon what was lost. Many people are familiar with the stylings of his peers who hail from the community like Safe, but through his atmospheric and moody songs, Mustafa is texturizing what sounds are able to come out of the space he calls home. Inspired by the composition of Joni Mitchell’s music, he pairs grit and comfort in “Air Forces”. Taking a page out of Leonard Cohen’s book, Mustafa glides across chords with soul-baring lyrics about his lived realities.


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