It’s been difficult to escape the press surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in Standing Rock, Dakota in recent weeks. The pipeline has threatened to destroy huge amounts of land important to the Sioux tribe, as well as the drinking water and irrigation of the area, and so of course it’s been making news around the world constantly. While many have stood behind the movement, whether online or in person, Mr. Carmack, one of trap and bass’ most well respected producers, has just thrown his hat in in the most individual way thus far.
He’s just released a 9-track EP called ‘Rekindling’, with all proceeds going towards the protestors fighting against the DAPL. With a feature by Gladiator, and a number of tracks and collabs with Djemba Djemba, it’s perfect for those who’d like to support the cause but want something in return for their donation, and perfect for all lovers of Mr. Carmack. It’s available via his Bandcamp, with a few of the tracks also being shared to Soundcloud to promote the release.
He’ll be in Australia for Laneway Festival early next year, as well as a number of sideshows dates. Check ’em out below and check tickets right here.
The Hawaiian producer has also shared an heartfelt note alongside the release, which you can read in full below.
“happy thanksgiving. this album is a thank you, and a stern reminder to take this holiday season to revisit and rekindle the flame in you. to take more of an active part in the world and not lie dormant. you work to survive. but, what in your heart is your end goal?
with whom or what lies your passion to expand your soul, to keep your heart pumping and allow you to express and to be yourself, fully?
by looking for ways to maximize the health, and longevity not just for yourself, but for this earth, you can use that path as your guide, and believe me you will find that passion in you. too long you’ve been silenced, placated, ameliorated, flat out lied to, medicated, pilled, reprocessed, taken advantage of, snuffed out, desensitized, overstimulated, and stuffed with preservatives, processed sugars and white pills, monotonous music, mindless alternate realities on cable tv, brainless celebrity idols and carnival games to keep you entertained, like a baby.
no. what does this world need? who controls the world? and who’s controlling them? who’s there to tell them they’re fucking it up for everyone and they shouldn’t do that? not only for the sake of the wellbeing of earth, but for us as well? it is up to us. the people.
so, with that, after work next monday, don’t just go home and take to your tv or computer and turn your brain off. a paycheck is not your end goal in life. join a library. take a class. teach a class somewhere. read something. take up a hobby. paint outside. learn to plant a tree. cut meat out your diet. read up about clean energy tech. engage yourself. look into local farms. or just read, post and repost positive constructive shit on your social media.
its really not up to anyone, or any god, anymore., to tell us everything will be ok. i am not a baby. it is truly up to us as the most powerful species in the known universe and the sheer power of the instantaneous internet to shepherd this world in a positive direction for all of us. otherwise, we die. in any denominational way you choose.