Boomkat Product Review:
Spanish Town, JA’s Duppy Gun on a futuristic dancehall-techno stepper with The Twin Cities’ Feel Free Hi Fi, vocalled by IJahbar, King Geineous, Tokeeno
Built to bounce the club, ‘Dragon Dance’ breaks down to a pair of propulsive and skewed vocal dancehall aces plus their instrumentals. It marks 10 years of killer communications between the island-based label, their producers in LA’s Cameron Stallones, M. Geddes Gengras, and Butch Fuego, and links forged with labels like Digital Sting in Minnesota, and Bristol’s Bokeh Versions, with a band of deadly fine slant on dancehall style and pattern that’s distinguished their work since the start.
Echoing Equiknoxx’s dare-to-differ flair, the lead cut ‘Burnin’ Up’ flashes mercurial techno-dub chords on a springheeled 2-step while IJahbar, King Geineous, and Tokeeno pass the mic between singjay, gruff ragga and quick-chat styles. The ruder ‘Out of Darkness’ simmers the pressure to a more squashed swivel lit off with orchestral string stabs in a techno-galvanized echo of late ‘90s/early ‘00s bashment dramas. Both instrumental versions stand up on their own merits with bare-bone iterations revealing taut mechanics under the hood.