Both se­ri­ous and light-hearted, Char­lotte Adigéry is mak­ing body mu­sic with fine­spun sub­ject mat­ter

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Soul­wax-af­fil­i­ated elec­tronic pop




“Dance til you’re dizzy. Be your naked and un­com­pro­mis­ing self,” says the Bel­gian-Caribbean artist Char­lotte Adigéry by way of in­tro­duc­tion to her mu­si­cal modus operandi.

Since ap­pear­ing on Soul­wax’s 2016 Bel­gica, the sound­track for the film of the same name, Adigéry has been very closely aligned to the 2ManyDJs broth­ers David and Stephen De­waele and their ex­ten­sive record and pro­duc­tion ex­per­tise.

A self-ti­tled EP in her name on their Dee­wee la­bel (one of the most con­sis­tent dance la­bels of the last four years) es­tab­lished the artist’s min­i­mal and stylish tracks, an­chored by Adigéry’s ex­otic mul­ti­lin­gual style, in­formed by her up­bring­ing and liv­ing sit­u­a­tion. She was born in France, lives in Bel­gium with a mother from Mar­tinique and a fa­ther from Guade­loupe.

Last year, the songs she re­leased, both in her own name and as WWWater, be­came more im­pact­ful. Screen, a track from the lat­ter more punk-lean­ing project was in­spired by an un­com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence where a mu­sic man­ager told her to her face that he had mas­tur­bated to her Face­book pic­tures, prompt­ing a chal­leng­ing song about shame, out­rage and screen ad­dic­tion.

Novem­ber’s Paténi­pat by con­trast, is in­spired by her Cre­ole her­itage and fea­tures a hyp­notic chant about house geckos set to a Soul­wax beat. Her iden­tity is fur­ther ex­plored on High Lights, the lead sin­gle from up­com­ing Zan­doli EP with pro­duc­tion by Bo­lis Pupul and Soul­wax, is a catchy elec­tronic-pop song about cel­e­brat­ing black women wear­ing weaves.

“Hair is such a pow­er­ful or­gan, and it’s a very pow­er­ful way to ex­press your­self,” she says.

By ex­plor­ing such nu­anced top­ics, both se­ri­ous and light-hearted, Adigéry is mak­ing body mu­sic with fine­spun sub­ject mat­ter.

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