LITM Extra - Afrofuturism pt.3 [excerpt]
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In this week's patrons-only episode, Jeremy and Tim finish their mini-series on Afrofuturism. As it's LITM, the guys finally dig into the contested role of Disco to Afrofuturism, taking in the futuristic innovations of Larry Levan, the queer cyborg aesthetics of Sylvester, and the key developments being made on the synthesizer in the the Disco tracks of the early 80s.

Tim and Jeremy also discuss the guitar innovations of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the singular force of Afrika Bambaataa, Prince's fusion of electronic and rock sounds, while closing out on two contemporary artists - Janelle Monáe and Moor Mother - who's self-conscious use of cybersoul and Afrofuturist tropes ring true today.   

Produced and edited by Matt Huxley.

Tracklist:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above My Head
Ednah Holt - Serious, Sirius Space Party (Club Version)
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
The Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait
Janelle Monáe - Take a Byte
Moor Mother - After Images  

Books:
Gale F. Wald - Shout, Sister, Shout!

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