VIDEO PREMIERE: Gemma Castro “Quiero Saber De Ti”

Everything in Gemma Castro's new "Quiero Saber de Ti"—the idea, the lyrics, the music, the production and the video—was made as a counterattack against confinement both physical and psychic as she quarantined in her abuela's "strict Catholic house" in Guadalajara. She's always created her own space, and in some ways quarantine just gave her more possibilities to work with. (Slight warning: if you still have a job to go to and that job even more hideously oppressive and uptight than most jobs, you may want to save this for later.


TRACK PREMIERE: Mohama Saz “Quemar las Naves”

This smoldering new track from Spain's Mohama Sazout Dec. 11 on L.A.'s iconoclastic Mock label—is a slow-motion spin through several waves of psychedelia and the musical heritage of at several subcontinental cultural regions. Described to us as "Mediterranean Psychedelia," "Quemar Las Naves" is swimming in the east-meets-west-meets-analog-high-tech sound familiar to fans of Sublime Frequencies, Finders Keepers and those awesome-but-legally-iffy comps of rare 45s from Turkey, Lebanon, Africa and beyond. There's a particular mindscape where an endless desert meets a bottomless sea, and where the music is all about negative space and hypnotic rhythm, and that's where "Quemar Las Naves" walks the tideline at sunset.

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