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Dave Watts, aka Fun-Da-Mental's Impi-D, turns in his debut KingL Man platter, a chaotic clatter of beatbox loops, saturated samples, and vocals from Kiki Hitomi, rapper Ibrahima El Latigazo, Senegalese vocalist Sidi I.B. and Watts' cousin Zeeteah.
'Headonix' doesn't really sound like much else out there. Watts calls it a "response to the perpetual state of war we seem to find ourselves in", and uses a plethora of different voices to express his discontent and hope for change. From track to track, we're introduced to a different cast of performers, from instrumentalists like violinist Mónica Viñoly and drummer Hamid Mantu to Waq Waq Kingdrom/King Midas Sound's Kiki Hitomi and polylingual rapper Ibrahima El Latigazo.
Watts works as the conceptual wrangler and soundscape curator, holding the ideas together with woozy illbient soundscapes and confident, experimental beat constructions. His productions whirl through dub territory, but don't look far into the past, preferring to twist into a terrifying robotic future.
Recorded in the Canary Islands with artists like Senegalese singer Sidi I.B., who braved dangerous waters and ended up in Tenerife's migrant holding center, there's an urgency to "Headonix" that grounds it in the present day's tense political reality. It's gripping stuff.