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South African Producer Andy Islands Shares A Hypnotic New EP

South African creative media group naas and electronic producer Andy Islands team up to release his latest experimental EP 'Andy Islands 3.'


South African experimental media collective naas are releasing a 4-track EP by innovative producer Andy Islands. On Andy Islands 3, the South African beatmaker offers an intricately-composed electronica sound carried by impressively crisp synth work. The EP's leading track "Parameters" is a hypnotic, xylophonic arrangement featuring a captivatingly steady build-up. "Crashy," another standout from the EP, is a more danceable composition sporting a repetitive, sped-up vocal sample accompanied by rapid rhythmic work. Andy Islands describes his music as "free-range, hand-made, gluten-free, fair-trade, single-origin, 100% organic, community-sourced, bespoke artisan, vegan pop-up music," a fitting description for the producer's refreshingly unconventional sound. Listen to Andy Islands 3 in its entirety below and purchase it on iTunes.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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