Sounds x Fourth of July: Father Space Cadet // AMERICA’S FUNHOUSE

We’ve been premiering/sharing playlists from Father Space Cadet for a few months but never thought we would be writing this sentence: our fave new DJ has just entered the music scene in a big (see: aggressive) way with her track “AMERICA’S FUNHOUSE”. Her debut track “AMERICA’S FUNHOUSE” features a pulsating driving synth, repetitive lyrics that vascillate between “Please Don’t Kill Me” and “What does your country do for you,” and to be honest, it all makes you feel slightly crazy. In a good way.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, AMERICA’S FUNHOUSE shines a light on the black experience in America and criticizes the government and people in power for perpetuating a broken system. The track falls in the ‘protest dance music’ category—it’s making a clear statement against the state of life in America, but you somehow can’t get the beat out of your head.

It’s the kind of track you want to dance to in a dark, Berlin basement but then with each iteration of “Please don’t kill me” you feel slightly guilty about wanting to dance to it. Which is kind of the point. What’s going on in America with the Black Lives Matter movement is interspersed with daily life (albeit during COVID-19) and people are making a conscious effort to take part in the movement—or sit on the sidelines. AMERICA’S FUNHOUSE calls out the government, the police and other people in authority, and also those people sitting on the sidelines: you can’t just listen to this track and keep doing nothing.

“AMERICA’S FUNHOUSE explores the duality of life in America—the experience of fear and an inability to escape or avoid a situation, especially as a person of color. It’s chaotic, stressful, repetitive, and dark, and mirrors how I feel as a black woman in America in 2020.” – Father Space Cadet

Set on top of an abrasive, yet danceable beat, AMERICA’S FUNHOUSE is the protest track that the world so desperately needs. Listen to it below:

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