“Incarcerated deejay touts Sikka Rymes as next big thing in dancehall” say the Jamaica Star headlines; referencing Vybz Kartel and Sikka’s cousin Shawn Storm, all of Portmore’s Gaza Nation dancehall royalty………..
So then we have Love Di People EP: Sikka’s first solid gold release after strings of strictly Vevo hits (‘Life of the Party’, ‘Nuh Change’) lie between his previous hook up with producer Genesis Hull (on Duppy’s 2016 Fresh Clipp’d). Genesis’ prods are pure widescreeen sub-tension and speed - now of Mexico City, he carries Sikka’s flow into gleaming new future chrome jobs of the dancehall chassie, the madness of 00s dancehall returns for global review. In This Time Of Many Dancehall Think-pieces: Live Long And Grow Strong.
The weight of two year’s of Drive demos caused Miro Tape to spontaneously burst into the world on Bokeh last year, we told you it was just a mixtape - Love Di People is the first wax seal on the Bokeh x Duppy Gun relationship, and not the last one of 2019. Founded by Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras, Duppy Gun pairs under-cover West Coast producers with Jamaican vocalists like G Sudden, Early One & others from their island HQs in Portmore & Spanish Town.
released March 22, 2019
Vox by Sikka Rymes
Prods by Genesis Hull
Guest Vox by John D
Art by Duppy Gun
Released by Bokeh Versions 2019
supported by 36 fans who also own “Love Di People EP”
Amazing side-step to a more gothic/industrial zone; an even darker Nearly God/Tricky vibe with a deeply buried dub pulse - truly music for end times. The OPN-esque treated vocals on To My Benefitors are killer. (p.s. No. 2 in Mojo's Experimental LPs of 2019) Tom Bristow