When two dancehall producers cook up backing tracks that even they think are too weird, the only thing to do is take them to Jamaica. That’s what L.A. production duo Duppy Gun did, and it’s working out well. M. Geddes Gingras and Cameron Stallones, aka Sun Araw, initially touched down in Portmore, Jamaica in 2011 to record with roots reggae legends The Congos. Not only did the resulting album Icon Give Thank get them signed to hip-hop heavyweight Stones Throw records, the side tracks they recorded with local MCs rhyming over those out-there beats were so good they came back to make more. With a sound they describe as “outer orbital dancehall selections,” Duppy Gun blend psychedelic-bordering-on-sci-fi samples and distortions with harmonies that float above an immersive pool of dub rhythms. Further trips to Jamaica have produced three more 12” releases, featuring up-and-coming MCs Dayone, Fyah Flames, I Jahbar, and producer DJ High Waistline. Expect a lot more from this duo in the coming months: their upcoming album out on Stones Throw promises an outer space-eye view into the world of Jamaican dancehall.
Duppy Gun’s mix for SSENSE features an extensive cast of underground artists including Danny Marshall, Captain Kirk, and The Heptones.