Audio

Wave Crusher [Spoek + Shamon Cassette] x Charlie XCX 'The Atom Strikes'

Listen and download 'The Atom Strikes,' the first official drop off Spoek Mathambo and Shamon Cassette's Wave Crusher mixtape.


We're loving this new Wave Crusher collab project from Joburg wordsmith Spoek and the New York-based fashion guru Shamon Cassette (formerly Cerebral Vortex). In their self-described "love letter to the original adventurous spirit of rap and hip-hop," which comes in the form of an upcoming mixtape, the two have reworked/sampled some pretty great cuts. Last month we got an early taste of the impending reimaginations with "My Mind Is In The Clouds," an afrofuturist take on the Pixies' 90s karaoke favorite.

On "The Atom Strikes," the official first drop off Wave Crusher, UK pop-goth songstress Charli XCX's subdued party anthem "Nuclear Seasons" receives an epic treatment from the SA/NY collaborators — who accompany their rhymes about pharmaceutical drug dependency with production suited for end of the world. The full Wave Crusher mixtape is set to drop as a free download October 25th via spoekmathambo.com and shamoncassette.com. For now listen/download "The Atom Strikes" below.

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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