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Mix of the week: Rinse FM’s Queer Ears ft. Kim Lana

Music is political and ‘dancing feels like a protest!’

It’s not often that you will be on your hunt for the mix of the week, deep-diving into the depths of the house-scene looking for that priceless gem, that you stumble upon your old boss from your teenage years! Kim Lana is just that (and SO much more). The once social worker and cafe owner has become one of Northern England’s queer DJ icons and let’s be honest, I’m so here for it. Kim sees House as her saviour and her commitment and creativity within music has been touching souls ever since. A staple on the Manchester scene, Kim now lives in ‘Rural Utopia’ England and this Utopian dissonance is something clear within her mixes. For immersive and (what I would call) intelligent-house-music, look no further! Integrating political messages in light of the world we live in within her compilations exemplifies what she stands for, who she stands for and sets the bar for what we should be hearing within music right now. Music is political, and Kim doesn’t shy away, in reflection stating how ‘when I have gone back and really looked at what I’m saying… it’s actually quite political really! Dancing feels like a protest’. Give the mix some love, and stay tuned for Rinse FM’s Queer Ears mixes in the future- we think they’re on to something special here! 

You can also check out pt.2 of her mix here! 

Words by Grace Powell