Dropping first exclusively here on GB, here’s the incredible new EP from Blk.Adonis & Rizzla in which Dancehall culture through a gay lens becomes a brillianly nightmarish K-hole carnival. 4 tunes exploring the darkest, most sinister recesses of Dancehall, Soca & related genres.
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Dancehall is of course well known for its sometime homophobic leanings, but Blk.Adonis & Rizzla don’t rail against it (“Dancehall has a homophobic past like everything else does”, is their matter-of-fact response), instead choosing to explore and subvert it. “Blk.adonis and Rizzla embody both the love and fear of this music, bringing ragga back and forth to a dark, queer room they seem to live in by themselves.” This tweet from Rizzla in a way sums up the simultaneous love for, and massive subsersion of, the culture, and all this love, fear and subversion comes over incredibly well in the actual music, which is in itself pretty impressive.
Title track PNP (“a double play on Jamaica’s beleaguered People’s National Party and “Party and Play,” i.e. drug-fueled gay sex”) sets the mood for the EP with screwed down dancehall vocal snips and apocalyptically reverberating bass. More screwed down (and around, and across) vocals run through juke/footwork based SHE ONLY DANCE and will keep looping through your head like a death threat. GO STR8 vs SO FINE, a juked out socacore stomper, gets assualted mid way through by an Amen and almost gabba kicks and we’re at some seriously evil voodoo warehouse party. There’s a real teknival vibe to this but without the emotional emptiness of hardtek, junglecore and those other microgenres, instead a sort of schizophrenic claustrophobia. The EP closes with melancholy future-bashment workout BEKIKI which in any other context would seem pretty dark itself but here serves as an almost happy ending.
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Blk.Adonis & Rizzla – PNP EP
2 SHE ONLY DANCE
3 GO STR8 vs SO FINE
“This is for the boys who bruk out when the dj drops Chi Chi Man. WE SEE U”