Here we go again… Having spent the last few hours trying to figure out which clips would be best, we realise in retrospect we could have picked any of the cuts on Colón Man and sold this record in a flash, all that wasted time…

So, the details: the virtuosi that are Equiknoxx quietly pushed out their 2nd album last week Radiohead style – no frills, and only the faintest whiff of promotion. Like the last one, it’s on DDS and features 13 cuts of some of the most inventive instrumental dancehall constructions we’ve ever come across. In almost every way, Colón Man is an improvement of the now-classic Bird Sound Power – a truly impressive feat considering it’s universal acclaim and adulation.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two albums is the broader scope – some slightly more out-there sound design and an increased focus on atmosphere and space is all tempered by the record’s unwavering devotion to beastly, low-slung dancehall grooves; every cut here brims with its own individual attitude, and if the one criticism of the last album was a very slight tendency towards aesthetic homogeneity, here the exact opposite is true.

Few dancefloor albums nowadays can sustain a proper, start-to-finish listening session out of the average person, but if you’re anything like us, this record commands it. Kareece Puts Some Thread In A Zip Lock is a brilliantly clever opener – the bird sounds that introduce us into the record serve almost as a buffer between their previous work and this, preparing you little for the sudden left turn into broken, glitchy drums that temper the off-kilter sound-world into the track’s closing stages. Not to be outdone, Heathen Emissaries From The Dens of Babylon launches itself deep into the depths headfirst, its dancehall rhythm this time augmented with well-placed snares that give the tracks an almost trappy feel, which, when combined with the surprisingly FlyLo reminiscent bell loop that serves as the track’s hook, makes for one of the LP’s (and Equiknoxx’s) head-turningly rowdy moments.

Like with most of the other tracks here, Heathen Emissaries From The Dens of Babylon uses it’s weirdness to less comedic goals than what was the norm on Bird Sound Power – aesthetically at least (we’ll say nothing of the track titles). The result will definitely turn some heads more than others, but in our book it’s been pulled off brilliantly and for those worried that some of that initial fun and intrigue that defined the first album has been lost in translation – fear not. The approach might be different bit the result is just as beguiling as last time.

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