Charlotte Adigéry, also known as WWWater, is a French-born Belgian-Caribbean musician. Belgium-based producer Bolis Pupul is a creator of wry, forward-thinking electro-pop. After signing to Soulwax’s DEEWEE label, he made his full-length debut alongside Charlotte Adigéry on Topical Dancer (2022).
http://KEXP.ORG presents Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded May 20, 2022.
- Making Sense Stop
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Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul’s Topical Dancer is as blunt and emphatic as pop art—if you don’t get its bright, assertive takedowns, you’re not paying attention. The Belgian musicians take as much pleasure in sardonically dressing down racism, misogyny, and xenophobia as they do in crafting effortlessly propulsive electro pop fit for warehouse parties. That mischievous friction is at the heart of Topical Dancer, a riveting debut from two artists whose music pokes you in the side as often as it makes you move.
Released on veteran Belgian duo Soulwax’s DEEWEE label, Topical Dancer openly draws on that group’s sweaty, mid-’00s-flavored blend of rock and electronic music. (Soulwax also contributed co-production and writing to the album.) Miss Kittin and Felix Da Housecat’s talky electroclash is also a prominent touchstone, but this isn’t a throwback by any means—the album’s brisk, burly synth lines and walloping beats are powerful weapons in Adigéry and Pupul’s arsenal. The pair met over a decade ago in Ghent, forming a friendship that became a working one after Soulwax paired them up to contribute music to the 2016 film Belgica. They put out the excellent Zandoli EP under Adigéry’s name in 2019; Topical Dancer reaffirms their music as the collaborative project it’s always been… (Eric Torres, Pitchfork, March 8, 2022)