NAAFI’s Wasted Fates extracts haunted rhythms from the pain and paranoia of Mexican narcoculture.
Every week on Top Flight, journalist Chal Ravens plays the best new releases from the outer reaches of the dancefloor, tracing the latest innovations in grime, gqom, dancehall, footwork, kuduro and other bass-heavy sounds from around the world. This week we turn our attention to the darker side of the global dance continuum, as Mexico City artist Wasted Fates introduces Turbio, his new album on N.A.A.F.I. Octavio KH tells Chal about the vibrant electronic scene in his own city and how he’s tried to channel the pain and paranoia of Mexico’s drug wars into a collection of cloudy meditations and cinematic club tracks. The hard-grafting producer also reflects on his experiences at Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin last year, where he found time to finish the album as well as work on collaborations with other participants. On top of that, Chal selects the week’s best new releases from around the world, including music from Shanghai’s SVBKLT label, Bristol MC Redders and Slackk’s new Grime Tapes operation.