Blue Canarinho uses his travels to re-introduce himself to the world on Chapter E3
Words by Brinsley Chidavaenzi
‘Chapter E3’ is how Blue Canarinho is reintroduced to the world. An inward look with one of the biggest sounds across the South.
The project consists of 13 tracks with very specific references to geographical locations which are vastly spread across the world as well as insular spaces too. The new terrain on the project is Brazil, a connection of heritage via the modern phenomenon of funk carioca (aka bailè funk).
Sound of collages of baile sounds are graffiti’d over the project similar to the flicker of a pirate radio session. These are a reminder of contributions that past vocalists have made to the artform and that they’re here to stay. Borderless. Count the amount of times you hear the sample that I first heard on DKVPZ’s: Bondo de Neo Soul. It’s a vocal line that can be placed in any context musically which can be heard as a sonic flag wave. Contemporary Atlanta rap is pin pointed with a cheeky repurposing of the 808 mafia siren that’s a wake up call to the new world of Chapter E3. Apart from Brazil, the brutalism of East London sounds are placed in the tape, however, as an undersurface (in the polyrhythmic percussion and tempo) as opposed to the more overt influence of previous projects.
To Grow From Bow is the most obvious nod to the impact that 200’s Grime has on the work of Blue. These are just the Easter eggs as Blue hones in on his signature introspection, which speaks volumes. The piano on Lost & Hurt mixed with the low-end hits a new level of emotional focus. There’s an emphasis on new age haze which is softer and more compassionate (Ahulo, Waste My Time, Good Loving scream to mind) and more drone-esque with hypnotic chord progressions. Terra Allenígenica offers a palette cleanser and feels like a classic grime instrumental (a la Ruff Sqwad’s sped up sampling).
This is music built on concrete with dense population which has a unique history in technological advancements, shifting geographic boundaries and socio economic backgrounds upon the disenfranchised. You ever wonder what the kid from Liverpool who heard grime in his pivotal years with a carioca sound close to his heart would say? He says it on Chapter E3.