Rexx Sharko takes a risk on his debut song, and it pays off
Words by Brinsley Chidavaenzi
The current musical palette is as diverse as it’s ever been. That’s because the musical roots and origin points behind many sounds that are in the canon of UK dance music originate beyond the island. The internet scatters them around again but this time the seams are easier to see and REXX takes advantage of it on new track ‘Pink Shades.’
The production on Pink Shades from Dvrryl straddles somewhere between the pretty synth sparkles of early Kero Kero Bonito with the drum programming and energy of UK Garage being manipulated by a lo-fi producer. In conjunction, shoegaze guitars also pop around the mix with bombastic low end that’s adjacent of trunk rattling trap. Given the meshing of all these signifiers, it could be a recipe for unease but here, it’s candy.
Lyrically, REXX laments on someone who occupies his mental space and wants to spend time with. It’s classic puppy dog love and idealisation of a future, that’s better than a present because of someone’s addition to our life. A rare candy gazed optimism in an age of fear and weary caution to opening up emotionally.
The transitions between infectious pop melody and slick rap talk give the track an unpredictable flair that doesn’t lean too closely to anyone particular camp. The amount of genre chameleoning and skewing in the production and vocal delivery reflect the current musical climate we’re in extremely well. Nothing there but a little bit of everything here. Maybe that’s the whole point. At least we can listen to Pink Shades and marvel at how clear REXX makes the potential of the future sound.