Amplifers from CCMixter consists of 13 tracks with political / social themes. Several artists and musicians are featured in this collection and the genres range from pop, rock, electronica to western and everything in between. With the current political landscape in the US, these kinds of songs serve as a reminder of what’s going on while still giving us listening pleasure.
Lay Me Down is a pop number that tackles the #MeToo movement through vivid lyrics, while Belly of the Biased Beast is all about rhythmic electronic beats, memorable strings and the vocal prowess of Kara Square singing about fake news and fake leaders. Amplify the Light offers hope in a fractured political landscape, and it is quite the atmospheric number.
Tracing My Steps marks a shift in tempo and genre, as it tells a riveting story in country western style. This is followed by Rise Above, a dance track that combines 90s rock with electronic pop. Hands Off the Internet brings to mind old school hip hop with funk, and the lyrics are crystal clear why politicians keeping their hands off the Net is for the best.
Flip the House features powerful drums and bass, while Get Out and Vote fuses modern dance elements with classic touches, all the while ensuring the message isn’t lost to the listener. Bipartisan Blues is a solid blues rocker that dives in to the problem of political divisiveness, and it is followed New Americana, a stark look at America today.
Like the Shifting Sun is a gut wrenching song about people torn apart and affected by immigration, while Surrender Your Weapons uses alt rock to express the problems of gun violence. Finally we have Hope is a Dangerous Thing, a song that when you listen to it, encapsulates the message in the entire album.
Lay Me Down (Zep Hurme Mix) [feat Admiral Bob]
Rise Above (Stefan Kartenberg Mix) [feat Spinningmerkaba]
Hands Off the Internet (Alex Beroza Mix) [feat Project Question]
1. Lay Me Down (Zep Hurme Mix) [feat Admiral Bob] 4:17
2. Belly of the Biased Beast (Apoxode Mix) [feat Kara Square, Panu, Onlymeith] 3:44
3. Amplify the Light (Raja_ffm Mix) [feat Madam Snowflake] 3:46
4. Tracing My Steps (Tobias Weber Mix) [feat Radioontheshelf] 3:26
5. Rise Above (Stefan Kartenberg Mix) [feat Spinningmerkaba] 3:55
6. Hands Off the Internet (Alex Beroza Mix) [feat Project Question] 3:44
7. Flip the House (Mr. Pepino Mix) [feat Mr. Yesterday] 3:33
8. Get Out and Vote (Piero Peluche Mix) [feat Kara Square] 3:09
9. Bipartisan Blues (Speck Mix) [feat Admiral Bob] 3:16
10. The New Americana (Reiswerk Mix) [feat Panu] 1:53
11. Like the Shifting Sun (Admiral Bob Mix) [feat Unreal_DM] 3:41
12. Surrender Your Weapons (Dysfunction_AL Mix) [feat Madam Snowflake] 5:38
13. Hope is a Dangerous Thing (Siobhan Dakay Mix) [feat Admiral Bob] 5:00