The True Size of Africa

Africa is a massive continent. But for whatever reason, map makers make it appear smaller than its “true true” size. As Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski reminds us, “the map is not the territory.” Lines are ultimately arbitrary. Map design is deceptive. But computer-graphics designer Ka Kraise took it upon himself to ‘fight against rampant immappancy,’ in […]

We shape Earth. It shapes us.

We shape the Earth, and it shapes us. For all the pieces interact, transforming into a cohesive thought. The trees grow in cities, the oceans meet at the cape. All the pieces interact, enveloped by the space inside. The weather is fickle, cyclical, everything too much for a remix, itching for evolution. To get closer to the texture of […]

Every variety of thought

When we’re young, we’re incorrectly taught to think in absolutes. We apply certainty to everything. The sky is blue. One plus one equals two. But when we think about it, there are always exceptions and different ways of looking at the obvious. You can stick two pieces of gum together to make one. Says neuroscientist […]

Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den

Yasmine Hamdan is a Parisian-based electronic musician who grew up in war-torn Lebanon. While’s she gained a reputation in the Middle East as an underground artist, her latest solo record [easyazon_link identifier=”B01N7Z9ZVH” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Al Jamilat[/easyazon_link] plans to unleash her to a broader audience. The track ‘La Ba’den’ offers dreamy electronic Arab vibes. Compelling stuff. + Listen to her […]

Grotto – Funk From Mother

From the Nigerian archives comes the band Grotto’s lost 1977 gem, At Last, reissued by the Lago-based Odion Livingstone label. Odion Iruoje was a former A&R manager at EMI whom discovered the group and recorded their album. Influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santra, the group formed a rock/funk fusion band at […]