There’s always one record that the EOY lists make you go back to and for me it was Equiknoxx’s Bird Sound Power, at the top of a load of lists (RA, FACT, Passion of Weiss, Boomkat etc.) Don’t think there was ever a thread on this. FFO The Bug, grime, bass music etc.
In a year where everyone in mainstream pop was jumping on dancehall (see Drake, Rihanna, Sia), Equiknoxx are a crew that came through to show people all that is mutant and weird about dancehall and potentially introduce a whole load of otherwise disinterested underground music fans to the genre. Absorbing grime, dubstep, trap, footwork etc. (as well as… err… bird sounds) but still sounding resolutely dancehall, the Bird Sound Power comp was probably the most unique sounding piece of music I heard in 2016 and likely will be for anyone who doesn’t pay attention to dancehall.
Despite exploring the more experimental side of dancehall, they’re not outsiders to the scene and have worked with a lot of the biggest names. In contrast to Bird Sound Power, standalone single Bubble was a fully ridiculous and catchy as fuck pop banger that I can’t stop listening to.
Anyone into this?