Equiknoxx
Colón Man


3.5
great

Review

by Tristan Jones STAFF
November 25th, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Riddim and hues

Colón Man is an album of many coequals, like a polyhedron. It has a sense of precision that relies on complimentary opposites. For starters, the name takes historical inspiration, drawing from Jamaican workers who were instrumental in building the Panama Canal in the late nineteenth / early twentieth centuries, and returned home rich with knowledge and coin; as well, the album feels forward-thinking and independent of time. We also get tingles of clinical poking and prodding, with cuts like “Plantain Porridge” hitting like a plexor, yet the songs feel equal parts surgeon and shaman. The crew, Jamaican producers Equiknoxx, take cues from the spirit of dancehall, but through a lens of sobriety (allegedly, Gavin Blair and Jordan Chung neither drink nor smoke) and lack of blatant sexual fête (their music on the LP is wordless). The beats are fluid and head-nodding juke, yet are complimented by concrete noises and experimental sensibilities. If any of these many balances fell askew, Colón Man probably wouldn’t work; but, they don’t, and it does.

While Colón Man is probably best to observe from afar, it’s nearly as fun to examine the minutiae. Songs like “Flank” have a kooky mode of exploration and suspense, like The Twilight Zone meets Dr. No, and the beats pitter and patter as though driven by jungle fervour. Many of the songs are easy to get lost in, yet one can always be re-directed to the dance floor. “Sent for the Ducklings Got Ducks” could almost be the backdrop for a neo-noir vignette, as it feels sinister and brief, yet there is an unavoidable pulse of sexuality. “Enter a Raffle Win a Falafel” samples office noises - keyboard and copiers and such - alongside the screeches of hawks and Eastern strings. It’s never too obvious where exactly the songs are located, or where the listener is meant to take them. The percussion is varied, sometimes oozing, sometimes ticking, consistently relying on dancehall polyrhythms yet aways indulging in detours. No song sounds quite the same, yet they tie together immaculately, and Colón Man manages to be everywhere at once. In an age where producers obsess over the here and now, it’s refreshing to be swept away in the back then, thereafter, and wherever.




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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2017


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://boomkat.com/products/colon-man

brainmelter
November 25th 2017


5589 Comments


nice words as per usual
and this sounds cool

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 25th 2017


39659 Comments


quik maffs.

Asdfp277
November 25th 2017


18330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

me listening to this: my pussy is poppin'!

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 26th 2017


39659 Comments


two plus two thats fore
minus one thats a pos

quik maffs.

Asdfp277
November 26th 2017


18330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's the ish

Mordecai.
November 26th 2017


8367 Comments


Great review, and thanks for putting this on my radar. This rules.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2017


17482 Comments


wonderful word stew for the soul; bless you

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2017


23513 Comments


cool review JOTS. Kinda feel like listening to this just based on the twilight zone reference alone

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2017


22538 Comments


always love a johnny rev, sounds soulful. the historical aspect def intrigues me

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2017


8194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice one.. will check..

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2017


8194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hit and miss album, but plantain porridge hits me in all the right spots.. songs of the year list..

BlacKapes
November 30th 2017


1956 Comments


hope he got his colon checked

Chortles
November 30th 2017


21222 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds fascinating. love the writeup

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2017


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might get some more attention now that p4k (more importantly, mr. sherburne) gave it some praise

Lucid
December 2nd 2017


9801 Comments


meh

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:shrug: I think it’s speshul



RA just 4.3/5d it so idk sput seems to be the only place ppl are snoozin



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