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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.

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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