Jamaican dancehall innovators Equiknoxx step up to the (dub)plate.
Earlier this year, Equiknoxx, the Jamaican duo of Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair and Jordan “Time Cow” Chung with collaborators Bobby Blackbird and Kofi Knoxx, released Bird Sound Power on Demdike Stare’s exceptional DDS imprint. The album sums up Equiknoxx’s output perfectly, shining a spotlight on their ingenious fusion of fractured dancehall riddims and spacious experimental sounds – in many ways it serves as a primer for anyone unfamiliar with a sound they’ve been developing over the last near-decade.
Bird Sound Power is a compilation release put together by Demdike Stare and Jon K, collecting up a number of vintage productions (the oldest dates from 2009) and placing them alongside completely new tracks giving a line into the Equiknoxx crew’s sprawling discography. They’ve been releasing records since 2008, dropping 7″s (and more recently, MP3s) on their own Equiknoxx Musiq imprint and fostering a stable of friends and collaborators to flesh out their unique take on dancehall.
It’s Gavsborg who has pieced together this blistering FACT mix, and he’s pieced together a typically unpredictable sun-baked blend where you’ll find Ace of Base and Shakira next to Popcaan, Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles next to regular Equiknoxx collaborator Puppy Disco, a sizzling dancehall edit of Andy Stott’s ‘Numb’ (seriously) and plenty of the duo’s own productions.
Equiknoxx Music’s latest single ‘Bubble’, featuring Devin Di Dakta is out now on Manchester’s Swing Ting imprint.
Andy Scott – ‘Numb’ (Gavsborg edit)
Son Lux – ‘Easy’ (Gavsborg edit)
Puppy Disco x Burning Spevr x Michvel Jvckson x Bevtles – ‘Marcus Garvey’
Alozade x Chico x Kemikal – ‘The Link’
Exile Di Brave vs ‘A Rabbit Spoke To Me When I Woke Up’
Shanique Marie – ‘Babylon System’
Ward 21 – ‘Haters Dubplate’
Puppy Disco x Aidonia x Spice x Wah Gwan Munchy – ‘So Mi Like It’
Puppy Disco x Popcaan x Ace of Base x Wyclef Jean x Shakira – ‘All She Wants’
Puppy Disco x Popcaan x Shakira – ‘All That She Wants’
Kenny Meez Vs Vybz Kartel – ‘Miami Vice Episode’
Shokryme – ‘Grand Bag’
Puppy Disco x Fleetwood Mvck x Kemikal Splash – ‘Black Magic’
Equiknoxx – ‘Time Bird’
Ghetto Vanessa – ‘Yuh Live Nice’
Fox feat. Trigganom – ‘Vacio’
Equiknoxx Music feat. Devin Di Dakta – ‘Bubble’
Fox – ‘Big Man Ting’
Fox – ‘Downtown uptown’
Agent Lexie – ‘Caribbean’ (Teka Remix)
Masicka – ‘Tonight’
Puppy Disco x Elle Goulding – ‘Swag Lights’
Equiknoxx – ‘Someone Flagged It Up !!’
Demdike Stare – ‘Hashashin Chant’
J.O.E feat. Konshens – ‘Fit’