Haviah Mighty examines the systematic roots of racism on “Thirteen”

Toronto’s Haviah Mighty turns the pages back in history to dig deep into the roots of oppression in her new video for “Thirteen”. Animated by Theo Kapodistrias, “Thirteen” reminds us of what has led to centuries worth of damage in the Black community. Haviah poetically exposes how the 13th amendment, which ruled slavery no more in the US in 1865, serves to perpetuate racism by proposing that Black people need to be owned and manipulated, whether by the master, the media, or the incarceration system.  

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Haviah’s uncut truths shed light on the realities of white supremacy, the prison system, slavery, and rape with a boldness that arises from being sick and tired of society’s lack of progress. Full of lyrical gems, “Thirteen” contrasts the intertwined relations of the justice system and slavery: “I’ve always felt extreme parallels between the slave trade and the prison system – actively arguing that they look eerily similar, and later realizing that I wasn’t alone in these ideas.” Haviah shares with EARMILK over email. “As a Canadian, the day I stumbled upon the 13th Amendment, is the day I wrote this song.”

The video for “Thirteen” comes after the release of Haviah Mighty’s 2019 debut album, 13th Floor, which speaks powerfully on the realities of Black people in North America. Throughout the album, Haviah acknowledges that racism isn’t just a US thing, it exists in Canada and globally: “Racism is alive and well in Canada, it is simply more covert. The 13th Amendment may be specific to the US Constitution, but it is not specific to US ideologies. Racism is worldwide. The perception of black people has been destroyed globally.”

As Haviah has brilliantly demonstrated, the fight for racial equity begins with boldly identifying oppression at its root by acknowledging how it affected society centuries ago and how it continues to do so many years after slavery was legally abolished.

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SoKo dazzles on “Oh, To Be A Rainbow!” [Video]

Stéphanie Sokolinski, otherwise known as French singer-songwriter SoKo, has dropped her fourth track this year with the dreamy, shoegaze single “Oh, To Be A Rainbow!”

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The four songs are all set to feature on SoKo’s first LP in five years titled Feel Feelings due to be released July 10th via Babycat Records. “Oh, To Be A Rainbow!” lands as the fifth track out of twelve on the release. 

Although SoKo has been preoccupied in the past years with landing acting gigs and becoming a mother, she has not been excluded from an ever-evolving indie scene as she has worked with the likes of Ariel Pink, Beach Fossils, MGMT, DIIV, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre in recent years.

“Oh, To Be A Rainbow!” kicks off with melty, sustained synths, a firm stare keeping the beat, and a fat bassline maintaining the dreamy tempo — all the makings of a Cate le Bon‘s Reward mashed with Mac Miller‘s Swimming kind of concoction

Until SoKo’s voice enters and immediately steps into the spotlight; not only remaining at the forefront for the remainder of the song but turning the track into a singular type of sound.

In between raspy vocals, an additional guitar takes over for rhythm creating a surf-pop feel through arpeggiating chords culminating into an unforgettable chorus as SoKo sings of her desire to be a rainbow. As the song continues to shift through a sexy, sleepy sound, a quick passing piano line is the cherry on top of this wonderful track. 

Ultimately, “Oh, To Be A Rainbow!” arrives just in time to listen to while basking under the summer sunlight and proves it won’t just be another single that comes and goes. 

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Bassboy chills out UK garage on ‘Thru Your Mind’

Bassboy chills out UK garage on ‘Thru Your Mind’Bassboy

Coming off a series of raw garage and bass house releases on labels like Night Bass Records and Dim Mak, Bassboy has now extended his fiery aural aesthetic to “Thru Your Mind.” The producer cuts and chops vocals from featured artist, Sâlo, and as the track runs, different elements of the beat and melody are slowly phased out, making room for new sounds without upsetting the balance. The sheer attention to detail on this track will have “Thru Your Mind” running through listeners’ own for quite some time, in typical Bassboy fashion.

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Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Jeannel unveils the rapturous “ICMIB” [Video]

On her first single of 2020 “ICMIB” (“I Can Make It Better”), Berlin and London-based artist Jeannel reaffirms her presence as one of the most compelling voices in the alternative R&B space. Her 2019 debut project NOITULOVE performed like her modus operandi, a five-track affair that harmonised between old and new aesthetics, synthetic and organic sounds, and truly revelled in it’s luscious, transformative atmosphere. Her latest single continues this theme as she confidently explores the breadth of her sound.

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In an attention-led world that encourages thick skin, “ICMIB” is a gentle reminder of the value of vulnerability. Speaking to the track in an email statement, she outlines that, “It is vulnerability, openness, connectivity, but also the reclaiming of the female principle, the slow, the healing principle, that is the driving force behind my artistry. Sexual relationships, the relationship with the self and the universal one mirror the path into light and balance. ICMIB is all about that.”

Led by a left-of-centre synth, some shimmering guitars and trip-hop leaning atypical rhythms, much of the track’s focus is dutifully on her rapturous voice. Cascading vocal layers build around her almost lackadaisical delivery, which leaves you hanging off every word. The moody video builds around this simplistic concept, almost actively encouraging the pensively introspective nature of the music.

Connect with Jeannel:  Instagram  |  Facebook | Spotify

Zoom H8 Smartrecorder Offers Custom Touch Interfaces For Field Recording, Dawless Studio, Podcasting

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Zoom has introduced the H8 digital audio recorder, described as “the world’s first ‘Smartrecorder’”.

The Zoom H8 comes with apps tailored to a variety of types of digital audio recorder use cases:

  • The Podcast App turns the H8 in a professional Podcasting Studio
  • The Music App is designed to let you use the H8 as a complete Recording Studio
  • The Field App is ideal for location sound, sound design and conference recording

The Zoom H8 features 10 inputs, 12 simultaneous recording tracks, interchangeable mic capsules, remote control via iOS and an App-driven touchscreen interface.

The Zoom H8 features an interchangeable capsule system that allows up to 4 channels of audio to be added to the H8’s capsule connection. Options include:

  • XAH-8: Combination XY / AB Mic
  • VRH-8: Ambisonic Mic
  • EXH-8: Expander Capsule

Features:

  • Customized applications for field recording, music and podcasting
  • Interchangeable input capsules
  • 12-track simultaneous recording
  • Four mic inputs and two XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input
  • Supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule provides secondary input via a stereo ?” Mic/Line In mini phone jack
  • Phantom power for four main XLR inputs: +12/+24/+48V
  • Large color LCD touchscreen display
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 512GB
  • Up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you’ll never miss that perfect take
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries

Pricing and Availability

The Zoom H8 is available now with a street price of about $400 USD.

Diplo spins house magic on remix of Mathame’s ‘Never Give Up’

Diplo spins house magic on remix of Mathame’s ‘Never Give Up’Diplo

Diplo is the latest artist to hop on Mathame‘s accolade-reaping single, “Never Give Up,” taking on the Italian brothers’ track in a catalog-expanding remix. The new dispatch finds the chameleonic producer diversifying his artistic execution once again, opting for a four-on-the-floor beat and underground stylings. Delivering the third official remix for the Pete Tong-awarded “Essential New Tune,” the Mad Decent head honcho joins the ranks of fellow remixers, Lost Frequencies.

On his take, Diplo transforms the emotional territories of its predecessor into a club-ready house tune. Reconstructing instrumental components into steadfast rhythms, Diplo fills an intoxicating bass line with accented layers of carefully-embedded melodic elements and an elastic hook as vocals dip in and out. Championing a recipe for beat-heavy grooves, the remix thrives off simplistic structure and minimalistic changes in production.

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Native Instruments details new workplace diversity measures

Native Instruments details new workplace diversity measuresNative Instruments Company

Native Instruments announced a initial steps to improve diversity and inclusion inside the company. These efforts come as a response to criticism of the company to acceptably address concerns about racism by former and current employees.

The music technology giant made a post in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which was reportedly in stark contrast to experiences from black, indigenous people of color and diverse voices being ignored alongside bigger issues on inequality and lack of accountability within the company culture.

Actionable steps include hiring third party experts to audit the company’s practices and recommend new strategies with an initial budget of more than $100,000 available for improving the efforts of its diversity and inclusion (D&I) group. The company will also implement mandatory bias training for all staff.

In a statement to Mixmag, former employee, Jessy Halison, who brought allegations against Native Instruments to light said, “Companies out there need to do better internally. Posts on social media and donations are not enough: being anti-racist is an all year long work and commit to action, not only when an atrocious murder makes the headlines.”

H/T: Mixmag


Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists