Fusing Jamaica’s rich dub heritage with exploratory approaches to electronic syncopation, Equiknoxx’s hugely inventive riddims are loopy, groovy and delightfully loosey-goosey. A blur of dub, techno and dancehall, their wild and woozy polyrhythms weave together a whole toolkit of birdcalls, clink-clank samples, glockenspiels and found sounds.
Over the past decade, this five-person, Kingston-based soundsystem of experimentalists
(comprised of Gavsborg, Time Cow, Shanique Marie, Kemikal and Bobby Blackbird) have supplied beats and produced backing tracks for many of Jamaican dancehall’s leading lights, such as Beenie Man, Ward 21 and Busy Signal. In addition to showcasing their own music and others’ on their eponymous label, this collective-slash-record label-slash-production house released two triumphant LPs on Demdike Stare’s deeply left-field DDS imprint. Their 2016 debut, Bird Sound Power, introduced the world to their instrumental, mercurial and gleeful deviant approach to dancehall riddims. Last fall’s follow-up, Colón Man, was similarly hailed for brilliantly disregarding all beat-induced rules, making its way onto countless critical year-end lists.
After becoming the first-ever Jamaican representatives at MUTEK Mexico, and on the heels of their West Coast debut at the inaugural MUTEK San Francisco, these subversive dancehall scientists bring their futuristic and wonderfully weird take on dub-infused rhythms to Montréal for the festival’s opening night event.