From the artist: “For centuries, Ukrainians have been brainwashed with foreign ideas*, forced to act in foreign interests and fight someone else’s wars. Now we have to, finally, take responsibility for our actions and take charge.”

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Patria y Vida is a track that contemplates and manifests Cuba’s liberation in the near future. Its message is directed to Cuba’s communist regime without fear or a softening of their words. From the artist: “This song says: Your time is up. … I was born in this century, and we’re done with your lies […]

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With an urging beat and evocative animation, “The Wolf” brings addiction to raging life. The disease is personified both in the lyrics and the visuals, where it takes the form of a monstrous, relentless wolf on the hunt. But it isn’t all hopeless – the video subtly suggests that mutual support and cooperation with other […]

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At the heart of Gotye’s “Eyes Wide Open” is love for his family’s “lost natural haven” in Victoria and a “subconscious fear of losing a place like that”. With eerie stop-motion and a bass line played on the Winton Musical Fence, “Eyes Wide Open” envisions a bleak, post-apocalyptic world ravaged by climate disaster, war, unchecked […]

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With “Michael X” reggaeton artist Myke Towers illustrates that the issue of race isn’t confined to the continental US.  The Puerto Rico native recently expressed to grammy.com he felt compelled to take a stand on the issue “as a Latin artist who has been heavily influenced by Black culture.” Full translation: [Intro] We are oppressed, […]

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The injustice and repression that marred Angola in his past became inspiration for this Manchester-based dark-electro artist. During the 1992 Angolan election, Nazar’s older sisters were forced to take shelter with foreign journalists to escape the tumult on the streets. The visuals from the video look like a dystopian Salvador Dali painting, which along with […]

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The Zambian singer-songwriter and rapper describes “OMG” and her artistry to Pitchfork in the best way possible: “I personally believe that people who live on the continent have a duty towards their family in the diaspora: re-teach them our culture, our language, our spirituality, our ways, and give us back to our people. For me […]

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Vancouver-based Native North American rap duo (“Young D” Metz and Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce) hail from the Haisla Nation and return with Bolsen with a call to action. A statement from Snotty Nose Rez Kids: “‘Creator Made an Animal’ is our way of paying homage to the place that we call home as our spirits […]

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Putin’s archenemies are back with MARA 37 with an eerie tune about a dystopian world created by unchecked abuses against our environment.  In a lead up to the release of the video, the group made a series of guerrilla campaigns according to their website.  In an open letter to Putin and his “cronies” from Nadya Tolokonnikova: […]

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“Supa-cala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors.” People focused on her mention of Rihanna and Madonna in this track, but a single listen and you’ll know precisely who she’s taking aim at with this political lyricism.

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