Berlin-based based producer and Man Recordings label’s head Daniel Haaksman new single ‘Rename The Streets’ dropping on 22nd January.
The single, out today, is accompanied by a video, which just premiered on Thump‘s YouTube channel.
Watch the video here
The compelling visuals directed by Daniel himself, have a strong political meaning, as Daniel explains “In this video I´m trying to show how deep racism is rooted in Germany´s public consciousness. These streets that I show are named after questionable colonial figures since the late 19th century and though it has become known what these guys have committed, these street names are still around.”
The single is the first track off his upcoming album ‘African Fabrics’ set to drop on 26th February. Focusing on the colonial history of Germany, it combines the two different cultures by mixing Kalimba and electronics. Whilst acknowledging the African roots of the album, the title pays homage to British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, whose work consists of draping African fabrics on Victorian figures in a reflection on colonialism and post-colonialism. These fabrics, although often synonymous with the African continent, represent the complex political and economical interplay between Africa, Europe and the world. Haaksman’s aesthetic mirrors this, by synthesising internet and street market finds with the current bass music styles of the northern hemisphere to deliver a distinctive combination of sounds. In a further demonstration of his theme, each track is accompanied by one of twelve individual pieces of artwork, designed by 2009 Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner, Tobias Rehberger, and inspired by the African fabrics of the album’s title.
You can stream the single, DJ Spoko and Detorado remixes on the links below.
Stream ‘Rename The Streets’ (Original Mix)