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As part of Dazed Digital’s new summer US project “States of Independence” they’ve invited their favorite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to takeover Dazed for a day.

Premier record label Fade to Mind staged a mid-week takeover at Dazed Digital yesterday where the members of the unlocked their vault and shared 5 exclusive edits now available for free download.

Kingdom pieces together Fatima Al Qadiri with Gangsta Boo, Prince William flips Miley Cyrus “Adore You”, MA takes on r’n’b singstress Kelela, Massacooramaan goes head to head with Krayzie Bone while Rizzla mixes Lucid with DJ Dior.

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“Wanna Party” is the first single from the Future Brown project which consists of some of the most interesting producers/dj’s to emerge from the US as of late – Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu along with J-Cush of Lit City Trax.

“Wanna Party” happens to be one of the best tracks we’ve heard in a minute, straight up fire. A collaboration with Jersey vogue/ballroom champ MikeQ and on it the quartet take on a clattering bass and an atmospheric vibe underlined by a synthline that soars through the background, Chicago rapper Tink gets in and basically raps about a night out and getting fucked up.

Inspired by the blend of technology and destruction in Fatima Al Qadiri’s EP “Desert Strike”, artist Alex Gvojic’s lush visualization of Ghost Raid is a blend of real war footage, video games, and original computer animation. Drawing upon the background of the Gulf War and ancient myths of Djinn, the film documents the creation of secret machines in unseen dimensions, black particles rising like smoke from oil fires, evil energies drawn from conflict and war. Working alongside otherwordly entities, the Djinn are the spirit of military technology, ghostly machines crafting conflict, much like a child outfitting a soldier in a video game. Ghost Raid is a hyperreal meditation on history, spirituality, and contemporary violence.

New York-based Kuwaiti born visual artist and composer Fatima Al Qadiri will release her “Desert Strike” EP on October 23rd on Los Angeles imprint Fade To Mind and it’s every bit as genre bending as her previous endeavours. A concept Ep dealing with the experience of growing up in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm, the opening track of the EP “Ghost Raid” is mostly comprised of what sounds mostly like grime but with a breezy feel to the evasive synths.