Boomkat Product Review:
Felix Hall’s Chrome set ’23 on a rude dancehall slant with Ojoo Gyal’s grungy-to-jiggy pick ’n mix spanning illbient to jungle and ragga instrumentals, after exemplary editions by Bempah, Simo Cell, Judaah and MOBBS on the label.
Born and raised in Morocco, and based in Brussels, Ojoo Gyal has established herself a mean reputation for mapping the modern dancehall rhizome in meticulous DJ mixes since 2019 at venues across Morocco and Europe and in a mixtape split with Manchester’s FUMU. Her Chrome session rides the rhythm in deadly cool fashion with masterful groove control, swilling nuggets from the past 30 years in a lowkey storytelling style that comes thru in its hour long arc peppered with surprising detours and rooted in a heavy swagger.
Introduced by an exclusive I Jahbar ident, the mix unfolds with equal attention given to atmosphere and groove, toggling the pressure between arid concrète abstraction, waist-winding meter and back again with a red eye-locked vision. On the A-side echoes of late ‘90s NYC illbient soundsystem crud give way to bouts of deep fried tabla and noise, into flinty jungle and street-side noise, digi-dub dancehall, and steel-toed industrial ragga.
Levels set, the B-side harnesses a tough run of turn-of-millennium dancehall mutations, shoring up hard in-the-present with flash chops of electroid madness that measure the distance between OG ‘90s styles and now.
Crushingly strong steez.