Bristol, England

Swept Ashore


Behind the Music

There were many stories in The Outlaw Ocean that I found genuinely shocking, but the one I found especially distressing was “Sea Slavery” and, for that reason, I chose it as the focal point for my EP. At the beginning, there’s a sense of adventure — the slave isn’t a slave yet, but someone optimistic at the promise of work. But as the EP progresses, spiraling into feelings of isolation and grief, the reality slowly dawns on them: they’ve unwittingly been abducted into a human trafficking market. Just as Ian experienced a journey reporting The Outlaw Ocean for readers, I wanted to convey a journey of emotion with my EP and I selected audio samples from the journalism that helped to capture this story.

This book explores topics that are often swept under the rug, shielded from public view instead of being addressed like they should be. Ian has already begun to bring these issues to the forefront of conversations. With creatives getting involved, these stories can continue to reach even more, leaving people to wonder how these problems came to be and why no one is doing anything about them.

About Aarigod

Jacob Dutton-Keen, aka Aarigod, is a lo-fi hip-hop producer from Bristol, U.K. who began his career in the summer of 2019. He describes his music as sounding like the end credits for a coming-of-age movie.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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