It’s been a while since my last Fresh segment. Normally I like to focus on re-edits, remixes and mash-ups. I had a full line up ready to rock, but given the latest insanity south of the border, I thought it might be cool to profile some of the countries close to the contentious border currently embroiled in the destruction of families. All thanks to failed policies – and let’s face it; xenophobia.
These countries contain the same humans found all over the world. Like all of us, they want a good life with a safe future for them and their families. They also happen to make some great music. Here are a few samples of super talented peeps slinging beats closer to the equator.
Iñigo hails from Mexico City. He just dropped some new material a few days ago and it’s proper minimal house music. Check out the track below.
El Lab is a label that promotes activism in El Salvador. Here’s a hype new track featuring a bunch of peeps that can clearly spit rhymes with tommy machine gun accuracy.
Colapso is based out of Managua and they play serious death metal. This is some gnarly intense thrash licking homie. Check out their soundcloud page and show them some love. Track below is aptly called Arenas Del Tiempo which aptly translates into Sands of Time.
Sur Rz already have a bit of a following and it’s easy to see why. Laid back talented lyrics sprinkled over smooth jazzy beats isn’t what you might expect from a country on the brink of disaster, but maybe that’s what we all need right now. Here’s my favourite track for those reasons.
If you’re looking for ways to support migrant families, here are some links*.
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
The Texas Civil Rights Project
The Florence Project and Refugee Rights Project
*courtesy, Time Magazine
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