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international festival
of digital creativity
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Édition 19
2226.08
2018
Montréal
Québec
Canada

Equiknoxx JM

Nocturne 1
August 22, 2018, 21:00 - 03:00
Live - Canadian premiere: 21:50 - 22:40
Who
Jamaican deviant-dancehall collective comprised of Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair and Jordan Chung (Time Cow), along with vocalists Shanique Marie, Kemikal and Bobby Blackbird.
Style
Pulse-pounding and playful soundsystem tweakings; deep space dub with an immaculate sense of swing; wild and woozy polyrhythms that weave together a whole toolkit of found sounds.
Labels
DDS, Swing Ting, Equiknoxx Music
Latest
Colón Man (2017).
More
Their international career got its start following an invitation by veteran Polish reggae selector 27Pablo, who named a club in their honour.
MUTEKs
Mexico: 2017; San Francisco: 2018
Links
Soundcloud
Resident Advisor Review
Bandcamp
Instagram

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.

 

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