Exclusive: So Dope reveals reggae-infused 'Soundbwoy' [Q&A]
So Dope had his foot on the gas all 2019, and in 2020, he unremittingly holds it pressed in the same position, as he continues his experimental tear with “Soundbwoy.” In an interview with Dancing Astronaut ahead of the single’s release on May 29, So Dope disclosed that a large part of production’s thrill, for him, lies in bringing together sounds that might seem incongruous.
I’ve always liked taking two sounds that don’t necessarily “belong” together and making them work cohesively. Solving that puzzle is the real fun part for me.-SD
This penchant is apparent on “Soundbwoy,” which nimbly inflects a drum ‘n’ bass framework with reggae flavor. Whereas the notion of conjoining both styles might seem alien to some, So Dope saw opportunity in this unusual pairing, and the synergy of both styles on “Soundbwoy” is proof that the producer’s ear for inventive hybrids has perhaps never been sharper.
So Dope breaks the reverberating bass of “Soundbwoy” with a vocal derived from Ninja Man’s 2001 reggae heater, “Test The High Power.” Positioning the vocal in a contemporary drum ‘n’ bass-centric context, So Dope gives Ninja Man’s original sample a high-octane update as he simultaneously provides a formidable follow up to “Concrete.” “Soundbwoy” will arrive on May 29, but listeners can stream So Dope’s latest ahead of its landing date now, exclusively on Dancing Astronaut.