Boomkat Product Review:
Surprise, self-released red-label dancehall wreckage from Low Jack’s anti-nuke riddims series - strong moves riffing on a late ‘90s ragga sound with extra noise and zipped-in edits = murdah!!!
The baddest dancehall/dembow mutant on road right now, Low Jack is a prime mover in the gully between dark, technoid electronics, noise and Caribbean music proper thanks to his cranky redefinitions of the phrase “rhythm & sound”.
This self-released double-header throws down two heavyweight gyrators with a typically off-the-cuff swagger. The A-side’s ‘Virgin Traf 22’ sees him riff on a rude late ‘90s ragga flex augmented with cold string slashes and sparing snarls of neuro D&B synth in a minimalist fashion aching for an MC. On the B-side he pops off another ‘Now Thing’ compilation-referencing zinger with ‘Grass 29’, lathering up with tresillo rhythms awash with reverse edits and filtered for psychedelic pressure.
Pure instrumental rufige: less chat, mo’ play!