An absolute ripper of a mix – inspired by a drug epidemic, no less.
About this mix
Recently a stretch of Broadway Ave two blocks from my apartment in Brooklyn was the epicenter of a K2 epidemic.
Though marketed as a legal weed substitute, K2 is a virulent and unpredictable substance with none of weed's mellowing qualities. Sold primarily by one drug-front deli adjacent to the train station, the street scene turned hectic, with dozens of people screaming, fighting and passing out in their filth at all hours. It was intense.
It's an eerie experience to walk through such chaos daily. Countless commuters and neighbors, myself included, zig zagged amidst the bedlam, the human toll in our periphery. It was everywhere, but tuned out, and I might only really notice how bad it had gotten when a friend, or worse my mom came to visit. Then you'd see it through their eyes.
Human misery is not inspiring and it weighed on my mind. Lots of techno artists tease out dystopian themes in their work, but I was in the midst of a literal, micro-dystopia and felt helpless and disheartened. It was not cool, and I found myself picking songs that circled these themes: "Dirty Needles," "User," "Substance Abuse," "Off the Grid" etc. The result captured some of the mood, if not of the primary participants, than of my own sideline perspective.
Recently a law went into effect prohibiting the sale of K2, and the police have swept the area clean. It's an uneasy relief; you can't help but wonder where the people went, if any suffering was alleviated, or if they were just pushed out of the way and are suffering somewhere else.
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