Kaleena Zanders commissions ‘RELOAD’ remixes from 12th Planet, Vindata, and more in honor of Black Music Month
In honor of Black Music Month, Kaleena Zanders invited five Black producers—12th Planet, R3LL, Lee Wilson, KOIL, and Vindata—to remix “RELOAD,” which chronicles her experience with police brutality. Of the initiative, Zanders said,
“Even though dance music was created by queer Black folks, in today’s world, Black people have somehow taken a backseat in this genre, and it’s now more shocking than expected to see a Black person thriving in electronic music. My goal is to normalize seeing Black and BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] people united in dance, and that through love and a conscious effort, more people like me will permeate this industry’s gates. Dance music must be an eclectic place where all races exist equally. Much love to 12th Planet, R3LL, Lee Wilson, KOIL, and Vindata for helping me push along this message.”
Each of the five remixers applies their own twist to Zanders’ original, culminating in a meeting of disco-house, Jersey Club, dubstep, tropical house, and deep house on RELOAD [reloaded]. Zanders’ remix package challenges dance artists—and their listeners—to think about injustice through the sonic medium. Stream RELOAD [reloaded] below.
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