Cartel Madras is Striking Gold

February 14, 2020

A sword and a gun: these are the weapons that Eboshi and Contra, together the duo Cartel Madras, brandish at the end of their striking video “Goonda Gold.” “Striking” feels like the perfect word for what Cartel Madras puts out. Their music, part of a new style of trap that they’ve dubbed “goonda rap,” strikes … Read More

Ashou’s “Hair” is a Slow Jam for the New Year

January 27, 2020

New York musician and producer Ashou released a new single and music video this month, titled “Hair.” The track comes after Ashou’s 2019 debut, including the songs “New Beginnings” and “Lucid Dream.” The video, which similarly to “New Beginnings” is shot and edited by Mastermind Richy, features Ashou alternating between rapping about excess and extravagance … Read More

ELSZ Supports Bushfire Relief with New Track “Take Me to the Sun”

January 21, 2020

Singer, harpist, and producer ELSZ dropped a new single this week, the Bandcamp proceeds of which will go to a bushfire relief fund for First Nations communities in Australia. The song features ELSZ’s simultaneously sweet and haunting vocals, singing about seeking and finding peace “in a body that aches.” In the context of raging fires … Read More

Sagittarius Season

December 3, 2019

The freedom of Sagittarius season can feel like relief after an intense month spent in Scorpio. This month brings about openness, opportunity and enthusiasm. The sun is in Sagittarius it inspirers us to live with an expansive optimistic perspective on life. Broaden your knowledge of the world in whatever way feels right to you during … Read More

Blood Cultures’ “Broadcasting” Asks Questions Without Answers

November 25, 2019

Blood Cultures, an experimental outfit that chooses to keep its individuals anonymous, dropped the video for their single “Broadcasting,”directed by Saleem Barbados, last week. The track, taken off their most recent album Oh Uncertainty! A Universe Despairs, tackles the question of dual identity – how does one work themselves into the in-between? While the whole … Read More

Kapil Seshasayee Critiques a Bollywood Trope with “The Item Girl”

November 20, 2019

Kapil Seshasayee, a Scottish multi-instrumentalist and songwriter previously known for his work critiquing caste, released a video for his latest single “The Item Girl” this month. The song and video call into question the item girl trope in Bollywood movies in which young women are overly-sexualized and employed as props. Seshasayee described the item girl … Read More

Kapu’s Glass Art Twists and Turns with the Diaspora

November 13, 2019

Multidisciplinary artist and educator Prinita Thevarajah started Kapu as a meditation on the beauty and complexity of the Tamil language. Her glass works see the bends and curves of the Tamil alphabet taking on a new delicacy and softness. The New York-based artist spoke to Kajal about glass-making, her creative process, and affordability. Kajal: What … Read More

FLTY BRGR GRL’s “Be My Boy” is an Ode to Crushes Everywhere

November 11, 2019

Oslo-based girl band FLTY BRGR GRL debuted their first single “Be My Boy” last week. The song captures the feeling of crushing on someone a little too hard, playing with the line between sweet and creepy vibes. “I just really like that gray area between being really charming and having a cute crush on someone, … Read More

New Moon in Scorpio Horoscopes

November 1, 2019

This year’s Scorpio season is all about reflecting and reviewing this year so far. Scorpio is a fixed water sign and the 8th sign of the zodiac. Scorpios have an intimate connection with the world that many do not understand, usually characterizing them as the most misunderstood sign of the zodiac. Scorpio represents the mysterious … Read More

Qais Essar Processes the Past on Letters to My Best Friend

October 28, 2019

Qais Essar talks about his music as a kind of telepathy. Not limited by lyrics that signal specificity, the award-winning rabab composer and musician is able to develop a different kind of conversation, a voice that goes beyond concepts to something deeper. He communicates on a different plane. On his new EP, Letters to My … Read More

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