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Download Jumping Back Slash's Gqom Remixes Of John Carpenter For Halloween

Download Jumping Back Slash's Halloween-themed 'Gqom Carpenter' EP, featuring gqom remixes of director John Carpenter themes.


SA/UK producer Jumping Back Slash celebrates Halloween this year by dropping the free Gqom Carpenter EP, which features remixes of director John Carpenter's horror film themes in the style of gqom. JBS explained the underground South African genre to Stamp The Wax earlier this year, "Gqom comes out of Durban. It started out being called Broken Beat and in a way was a reaction to SA house, stripping away everything until it was just a beat. Gqom is not 4 on the 4. The kick is broken and syncopated, any musical content is distilled down, usually to one note and any vocals are reduced down to shouts, yelps and exclamations. It’s repetitive, hypnotic, dark, tribal music... It’s made by kids, most of them unknown... Most of the tracks are low-bitrate mp3s that are overly compressed and slightly distorted at times, but all of this adds to the charm." Stream Jumping Back Slash's Gqom Carpenter EP below and watch the adjoining video. Happy Gqomuween!

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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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