Boomkat Product Review:
A bumper set of hybridized Jamaican club pressure that illustrates Duppy Gun's commitment to genre-bending abstraction and ice-cold island lyricism. Dembow, dancehall, trap-pop, dub and nu-club sounds joined together in perfect harmony = v life affirming.
'Duppy Vaulted' is a celebration of 10 years of Duppy Gun - the US to Jamaica project that evolved following a chance meeting between Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones and experimental mainstay M. Geddes Gengras and Jamaican vocalists I JAHBAR, Dayone and Early One on their first trip to the island. The project began as a series of 12"s, but developed over the last decade not just as an artistic partnership, but as a way to inject genuine long-term support into the local community. Earlier this year, a Duppy Gun/Roolings studio and food shop opened its doors in Spanish Town, funded through Bandcamp and merch sales, and this selection of material charts the project's process from its beginings until now.
It's an astonishing collection, hard to comprehend how these tracks never made it to a release before. The sheer volume of work is amazing, but it's the quality that makes you realize what Duppy Gun has managed to achieve; whether it's I JAHBAR's slippery digi-dancehall revivalism - best heard on the BIG FLYTE & VELCRO-produced opener 'Snapbacks' and standout 'Thunder Roll' - or Sikka Rymes' overdriven stream of consciousness experimentation on the brief but mindblowing 'Seh Dem Bad Dubplate'.
Other highlights come from Sniper, whose Abu Ama-produced 'Hustle Di Money' is a rolling, futureproofed bass monster, Lopo (with the Aaliyah-curving 'Rock Mignon (Filet Dub)' and clouded 'Never Play Dat 2021') and Jmovemence, who slides closest to sunny Autotuned pop on 'Jah Every Time'. Really though, there's rarely a dull moment; it's a jubilant collection that offers a peek into the output of a new Jamaican institution. Here's to 10 more years!