Lies Are Chic by Dawit Eklund

By Philip Sherburne

Surly sounds are rarely as invigorating—or even liberating—as they are on “Lies Are Chic”, the quick-stepping, shadow-boxing new jam from Dawit Eklund, co-founder of Washington, D.C.’s 1432 R. It’s all in that gnarly square-wave bassline, which doesn’t even sound like notes so much as an ellipsis made of snarls, or a string of pearls the color (and texture) of a bruise. The snapping, shuffling sense of movement—steer clear of those snares unless you want to get hurt—faintly recall the turn-of-the-millennium West London broken beat of labels like 2000 Black. It makes sense: that, too, was a vision of funk at once joyous and intractable.

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