Above Top Secret have never been a group to shy away from forcing people to face hard truths, and their latest song “Bang” is no exception. When it comes to missing and murdered indigenous women “this ain’t a game” they sing, “they’re out for blood.” It’s a powerful song made doubly impactful by guest vocalist Lido Pimienta joining their defiant cries for answers.
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Above Top Secret‘s WTF ?!–one of our top songs of 2015–gets a masterful remix C/O Phèdre/Hooded Fang‘s Lee Paradise. Lee doubles down on the slurry haze of the original song, but adds a certain underground dance floor aspect that’s hard not to shimmy to.
We’ve been anticipating an ATS record for some time, and with the release of this remix we finally have something: their self-titled LP will be released July 1st on DAPS Records! The record will include the two amazing singles we’ve heard so far, this remix and a number of other tracks that we can’t wait to hear.
Early last week, Black Lives Matter Toronto began a protest/occupation in front of police headquarters in Toronto in response to the lack of charges against the officer who shot Andrew Loku in July 2015. They intend to remain there until their demands are met. To help raise funds for the ongoing protest, they’ve released a mixtape composed of Toronto hip-hop and R&B artists, including choice cuts from some of our favourites in the city: Witch Prophet (of Above Top Secret) LAL, Lido Pimienta, and pHoenix Pagliacci (whose new record Ars Amatoria was our Album of the Week last week).
The compilation is available from Bandcamp, and all proceeds go to Black Lives Matter Toronto. We highly recommend it both musically and politically – and if you’re in Toronto, be sure to voice your opinions to public officials and Chief of Police Mark Saunders, and follow Black Lives Matter on Twitter to keep informed about how you can help.