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Title: Flight 182 Meditations Flight 182 Meditations
Artist(s): Renée Sarojini Saklikar And John Oliver 
Genre: Contemporary Classical
Label: earsay music
Sample: Exhibit: When I Dance A Morning Raga

With eerie sonic overlays, spoken word, and original music, Flight 182 Meditations makes the 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182 real in ways no amount of archival testimony and documentation can. Poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s aunt and uncle were among the dead, so Meditations is also an “exploration into the nature of individual loss found in the midst of collective suffering…”

Track 4, “Exhibit: When I Dance A Morning Raga”, blends sitar flourishes, the poet’s personal reflections and legal testimony to transport us in time and place.

If you didn't have a personal connection with the tragedy (all 329 passengers and crew perished) and tuned out news coverage somewhere along its 20 plus years of investigation and prosecution (the most expensive trial in Canadian history), listen to Flight 182 Meditations as a valuable reminder that tragedies like this are not about statistics (as staggering as they are); they’re about everyday people like you and me.


Title: Lux (Iridescence pt. 1)Lux (Iridescence pt. 1)
Artist(s): Castello Roundtable (FC, Livia, Bambino, Lago, Vocals; Romolo, production)
Genre: Contemporary hip hop, R&B
Label: Castello Roundtable
Sample: "Too Tone"

Everyone knows that Italians like to keep it in the family, and in many ways Castello Roundtable’s collective debut meanders like the post-dinner musings between relatives and close friends. In fact Francesco Cuzetto (FC), Olivia Busse (Livia) and Gianmarco Luele (Bambino) are real-life cousins. Over contemporary R&B and soulified production, the tight-nit crew passes the mic around like an evening Ramón Allones.

While toying with the trappings of tinted perception, the EP peaks when the lens is a Chianti-stained wine glass: Bambino raps, “Headin’ to the party where the posse gettin’ saucy/ And there’s pasta on my collar, lookin’ like my Nona shot me.” -NL


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