Audio

Audio: Captain Planet 'Mystery Trip Vol. 1' [Mixtape]

Captain Planet classic mixtape-style Mystery Trip Vol. 1 — a cassette tape inspired by Madlib‘s “Medice Show” series.


Captain Planet is releasing the classic mixtape-style Mystery Trip Vol. 1 — a cassette tape crafted out of a batch of vinyl samples from around the globe and inspired by Madlib's "Medice Show" series. For Mystery Trip Vol. 1, obscure vinyl rips were injected with a heavy dose of original production from Captain Planet, creating an entirely new piece of work that touches on sounds from Senegal, Jamaica, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Peru, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Guadeloupe, and Zimbabwe.

The limited-edition cassettes come with a free digital download of the separate tracks/edits, along with the full digi-mix — you can even grab an exclusive hand-painted Walkman for a few more bucks. Stream Captain Planet's excellent 45-minute digital mixtape below. Buy Mystery Trip Vol. 1 out now from Bastard Jazz Recordings.

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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