Boomkat Product Review:
Equiknoxx hustle their 2020 run in a handy 16-track action pack for the jugglers and dancers, packing their recently reissued nod to ‘Elephant Man’ with stacks of bangers by the group’s producers Gavsborg and Time Cow, plus vocalists Shanique Marie, RTKal, and Kemikal
Still the baddest unit from JA, Equiknoxx patently had a fecund year in the studio while everyone else was a bit miserable and weirded out during 2020. Trust they unleash a singular brand of fire here, catapulting the dancehall between slow, humid sluggers, high-velocity soca styles, and inimitable mutations of JA-meets-UK styled pressure in every corner.
Opening with the newly reissued ‘Elephant Man’, they also give it up for the Hessle Audio CEO in the cranky, uptempo rudeness of ‘Ben UFO’ by Time Cow and SOSA, while Shanique Marie switches up styles between the rugged rub n tug of ‘Ring The Alarm’ and the jiggy weekend parry of ‘Freak’, and more spaced out vibes on ‘Did Not make This For Jah-9.’
There’s a proper Soca madness to be stopped in ‘Run’ featuring Exile Da Brave, who also serves up a total madness in the recursive ballistics of ‘Rolling Calf’ produced by Time Cow, the shattered digi-dubbing of ‘Blackheart Man’, and a breezy, psyched flow of ‘Can’t Be Found’, and Gavsborg exerts his inimitable sidespin on the asymmetric wonk of ‘Unexplainable Dog hair In My Hair Oil.’