Toronto-based house DJ/producer Kuntybeatz releases a modern-day protest deep house single "The Community Of Hope (They Are Going To Put A Walmart Here." The single oozes experimental sounds and is filled with dark rhythmic beats to create a hauntingly eerie melody.
The dark yet bounce-worthy dance-floor tune was inspired by a lyric from a PJ Harvey song, in the lyric she describes how a neighbourhood’s salvation all depends on a Walmart being built. It highlights the issues behind capitalism and the importance of supporting local communities.
“The single is a modern-day protest song. House music by its very nature is political. Now, more than ever, we need to stand up and be political. When we look back in time either we will be on the right side or wrong side of history. Let’s keep the party going so that everyone in the world has an equal opportunity in life,”
The video was directed by Kuntybeatz himself, showcasing footage of shoppers during Black Friday' sales and is juxtaposed with logos of companies who care more about profits than customers.
As a producer and a DJ, Kuntybeatz is heavily influenced by the theory of plunderphonics and the legal concept of ‘fair use’ in his original music, remixes, and bootlegs. The artist prides himself on bringing back punk ethics and a D.I.Y attitude to his dance music.