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“Drift” is Cartel Madras’s first new music of 2021, and follows the release of “WORKING” released in August 2020. Both tracks are from their forthcoming project The Serpent and The Tiger, the third installment of the Project Goonda trilogy (which includes 2018’s Trapistan and 2019’s Age of the Goonda) due out later this year.
Cartel Madras’s Eboshi and Contra had this to say about “Drift,” “We teamed up with Toronto’s Dom Dias to make a sequel of sorts to ‘Goonda Gold’ - something that sounds hype, fun, and sets the tone for the new year and our upcoming new project. ‘Drift’ is about BIPOC women enjoying themselves and the fruits of their labor. In our music video we wanted to show a beautiful group of creatives and artists from various backgrounds dabbling in marijuana. We also wanted to show a group of women owning the means of production. Lyrically, this song exists in the Cartel Madras Universe and follows us doing what we do best; self-referentially discussing high powered, risky, good times. ‘Drift’ opens 2021 for Cartel with new energy, big vibes, and ganja fuelled heat.”
Listening to this a few years on, Chapter 319 feels almost melancholic, a reminder of the time where police abolition had nearly mainstream appeal. The tracks still make me furious at the bullshit cops continue to get away with. dninemfive