2024 — There’s an ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Millions of people are being forced to flee their homes and livelihoods and end up displaced; thousands have been killed and violated. The reason behind this is the direct and indirect exploitation of this mineral-rich country. Coltan and cobalt are two of many elements mined in the DRC, often through child labor. These minerals power our technological lifestyle; each phone, tablet, computer, etc., has a piece of it. Consequently, many Western countries and companies, some through funding weapons for terrorist groups, compete to take as much as possible, with no regard for the lives of the Congolese. “Coltan” ’s only lyrics are a recital of a few natural raw materials being taken.

Having its roots in Drum & Bass, the music flies far beyond the confines of that often-formulaic genre, expanding sonic ranges and disrupting standard arrangements. Kimyan Law incorporates African instruments and influences into his set up, achieving a rare organic and human quality amongst the cold electronics. Glittering cascades of tuned percussion are expertly weaved into layers of state-of- the-art bass and the result is a stunning, future/primitive array of romantic and cinematic music that, with its sheer humanity, seduces everyone who experiences it.