MOUSEY MCGLYNN X DUTCHYYY: DUTCHY X MOUSEY EP
MOUSEY MCGLYNN X DUTCHYYY
Tell them how you really feel, Mousey. The elegantly brusque star of DRM demagogues Beat Cinema and the insurgent Voidshift Music Group minces no words on this adventurous new EP. This is a sonically surreal, swinging boom-bap dis cabaret. The too-brief EP is a collaboration with prolific producer Dutchyyy, who lays down a bed of smoldering breakbeats and soul jazz, the perfect complement to Mousey’s beat-battle-worn torch singer delivery. On ‘whtiwnt’, she’s glib and guttural: ’I know who’s making money. But thanks for buying me all those drinks you fucking dummy.’ Over Dutchyyy’s fun house noir soundscape, she indicts everyone from dull, rich whites to the repellant dweeb trying to ply her with drinks. There might be some overlap there. ‘Crystals’ is a sunny-with-a-chance-of-ennui slow burn that finds Mousey more relaxed than ever, delivering a sprawling narrative celebrating her independence but questioning her darker impulses: ‘Crystals or chemotherapy / Death will always be scary.’ EP opener ‘Xwelcome’ pairs Mousey with plunger-muted trumpets and a sizzling samba. This is her in banger mode: lyrically direct and acerbic, a talk-sung declaration of independence. One of her greatest strengths is staying in both the emotional and rhythmic pocket in the midst of cacophonous harmony and rhythm-section fol-de-rol. This latest project is a confident step further in this direction, a stoic slam-poet on a rambunctious New York street corner. Hold on to your butts.