For a story in The FADER's annual Fall Fashion issue, I had an inspiring chat with a Bolivian-American producer named Elysia Crampton. The 30-year-old electronic composer spoke about Reagan-era poet June Jordan, her collaborative new full-length, and how art helps her to better navigate our capitalist, imperialist society. Read the full story, and then, to get ready for Crampton's performance in the MoMA PS1 courtyard this Saturday, listen to this edit of her American Drift song "Axacan," which she's made available to download for the first time. The track deploys the same horn melody that Shakira sampled on "Hips Don't Lie" and has a vivid backstory, which Crampton explained over email:
"This is an edit of my song 'Axacan' [using] the popular 'Amores' horn melody. This song is based on an oral history of my mother, as a child, traveling deep within the Yungas (cloud forest) to save my grandma's life. I made the edit traveling the same road — traveling to a place founded by my family, a town called Santa Fe."
Warm Up lineup, August 27:
DJ Paypal / Teklife + Brainfeeder + LuckyMe / Berlin, Germany
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie / Highbridge Label / Bronx, NY
Elysia Crampton / Break World / Sacramento, CA + Bolivia
Ash Koosha / Ninja Tune / London, UK