A tribute to everyone involved in the Black Lives Matter struggle around the world, and everyone fighting for indigenous people’s rights. This was prompted by Philonise Floyd’s tribute to his brother George. The music reflects a desire for us all to get uncomfortable. No matter who you are, you’re likely to be uncomfortable talking about issues of race and your role within it, and it’s only when we get comfortable being uncomfortable that we’ll be able to change and move forward.
Society is out of balance. It is akilter. Structural racism holds the world back and exacerbates inequity. Enough is enough.
In the Mixcloud charts, this was 5th in the global instrumental hip hop chart, 11th in the global nu jazz chart, 26th in the global experimental chart and 99th in the global jazz chart.
Including some of the leading lights of the London, Chicago and Californian (nu) jazz scenes plus some wildcards, and some inspiring or challenging speeches. Tracklist is:
- Stranger Than Fiction – Moses Boyd
- Activate – Theon Cross
- Shake It – Steve Smyth
- Prepare Your Coffin – Tortoise
- Kelso Dunes – Floating Points
- Americans – Oneohtrix Point Never
- Above & Beyond – Makaya McCraven
- Relentlessness – Marcus Strickland Twi-Life
- Running – Gil-Scott Heron, Makaya McCraven
- Black Skins, Black Masks – Shabaka Hutchings
- Weight Off – KAYTRANADA, BADBADNOTGOOD
- Executive Life – Jeff Parker
- Pagina Dos – Prefuse 73, The Books
- To The Nth – GoGo Penguin
- My Queen Is Harriet Tubman – Sons Of Kemet
- Wrong Part Of Town – 79rs Gang
- Rain Dance – Emma-Jean Thackray
- Hooded Procession (read the names outloud) – Ambrose Akinmusire
With speech excerpts from James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Malcolm X and Philonise Floyd (George Floyd’s brother).
Illustration by Angelos Ntinos.