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TOPICAL DANCER Limited Gatefold Black & White Vinyl 2LP Set

by CHARLOTTE ADIGERY & BOLIS PUPUL

Release Date: 04 March 2022

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: Because Music

£24.99

CHARLOTTE ADIGERY & BOLIS PUPUL TOPICAL DANCER Limited Gatefold Black & White Vinyl 2LP Set

Overview:

Today sees Belgian-Caribbean provocateur Charlotte Adigéry and her long-term musical partner, Bolis Pupul announce their debut album Topical Dancer, due for release on March 4 2022 via Soulwax’s iconic label DEEWEE.

Cultural appropriation. Misogyny and racism. Social media vanity. Post-colonialism and political correctness. These are not talking points that you’d ordinarily hear on the dancefloor but Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul are ripping up the rulebook with their debut album Topical Dancer. The Ghent-based duo, who broke out with their 2019 Zandoli EP, are rare storytellers in electronic music: they take the temperature of the time and funnel them into their playful synth concoctions – never didactic and always with a knowing wink.

Their debut studio record – which cements them as a duo under both their names for the first time and is co-written and co-produced by Soulwax – is both a triumph of kaleidoscopic electro-pop and “a snapshot of how we think about pop culture in the 2020s.” It captures Charlotte and Bolis’s essence as musical collaborators and the conversations they’ve had over the past two years on tour, as well as their perspectives as Belgians with an immigrant background, Charlotte with Guadeloupean and French-Martinique ancestry and Bolis being of Chinese descent.

Beyond the album’s thematic heft, Topical Dancer reflects Charlotte and Bolis’s idiosyncratic sound: it’s thoughtful but it bangs. Their take on familiar genres is always off-kilter; songs sound undone or a little wonky; but these are nocturnal heaters to make the club throb. “We like to fuck things up a bit,” laughs Bolis. “We cringe when we feel like we're making something that already exists, so we're always looking for things to combine to make it sound not like a pop song, not like an R&B song, not a techno song. We’re always putting different worlds together. Charlotte and I get bored when things get too predictable.”

Topical Dancer is fizzing with ideas – there’s certainly no filler among its 13 tracks. But above all, perhaps, it has a restlessness, a desire not to be boxed in and to escape others’ narrow perceptions of who they are. It’s summarised by the refrain of their new single, ‘Blenda’: “Don’t sound like what I look like / Don’t look like what I sound like.” “One thing that always comes up,” says Bolis, “is that people perceive me as the producer, and Charlotte as

Featured Tracks:

A1. Bel DEEWEE

A2. Esperanto

A3. Blenda

A4. Hey

B1. It Hit Me

B2. Ich Mwen (with Christiane Adigéry)

B3. Reappropriate

C1. Ceci N'est Pas Un Cliché

C2. Huile Smisse

C3. Mantra

D1. Making Sense Stop

D2. HAHA

D3. Thank You

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TOPICAL DANCER Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set
by CHARLOTTE ADIGERY & BOLIS PUPUL

Release Date: 04 March 2022
Format: LP Double Vinyl
Label: Because Music