Makeba – Jain
Let’s start by watching this incredible work of art:
Pretty impressive work from this French-globe-trotting artist, Jeanne Galice (AKA Jain). Born in southern-France and raised in the Congo, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, this third-culture kid brings on a new definition of French indie electronic. In this homage to African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, Jain not only makes our feet feel a little lighter but also brings us to an important point: civil rights.The very rights that are being threatened in some so-called first world nations.
It’s a curious concept, this division of worlds, where one is civilized and the other one tries. Yet, as of late, it seems like we are experiencing a sort of regression of our timeline as a species, in which we support individuals that want to rid us of everything that human and civil rights activists have fought for millennia to preserve.
It would be wrong to assume that only we face this threat of ignorance and authoritarianism. This is a fight that was waged by the first of our kind, the first that realized that he or she could lie to get what he or she wants and force others to deliver. It is a classic battle that we sometimes lose and sometimes win.
But for us to win in this one, we need to stick together, remove barriers, remove prejudices and align efforts to improve this world, for us and those around us. Stay sharp, stay critical and above all, stay informed.
Home – Jake Isaac
Home’s a funny word because it implies the absolute, it implies a place, perhaps cozy, perhaps not. For many of us, home is more of a feeling, or as the Magnetic Zeroes say, “Home is wherever I am with you”. London’s Jake Isaac takes a crack at it too: “Home’s where this heart belongs”, a statement that could not be any truer.
As we enter an age of true and complete globalization, despite what nationalist movements may try to achieve, we will need to again revisit this idea of “home”, and not just in a philosophical manner. Borders enacted do not reflect the human sense of the word “home”. Visas, permits, statuses all deny the basic human right of being “home”. If “home” existed before human settlements did, why do we continue to claim to have the right to either grant or deny access to someone wanting to get home? Welfare, infrastructure, culture…it’s all at stake, some say. And that rhetoric will persist for perhaps a century or more. But make no mistake, the ball is rolling, and archaic ideas will fall (perhaps to arise again in the eternal return). Those that fight this inevitable change towards the unhindered access to “home” will not persevere.
With you – Clement Bazin –
There are only a few songs that I can listen to repeatedly these days. I can’t help but get bored of the monotony of sounds floating around.
Monotony…the gateway to existentialism if you ask me.
Apart from the sweet vibes of the Steelpan, an instrument native to Trinidad and Tobago, I like this song because of its beautifully depressing undertone. “I wanted only you” implies love found and not attained, an intensely sad state of being that most people have felt at least once in their life.
I sincerely recommend Bazin’s Return to Forever, an album that both captivates the French mastery of electronic sounds while also bringing something new to the table.