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TRACK OF THE DAY: DAKOTA JONES - DISSENT'N'GIN


Hot off the heels of their comeback single “Sugar Pie”, Brooklyn NYC’s Dakota Jones present another side to their sound with funk rap track “Dissent’N’Gin”.

‘Dissent’N’Gin is a jewellery heist in all black leather, and it goes off without a hitch. You came for the jewels but you stayed for the feeling of immaculate power that's surging through your blood, exerting that power seamlessly.’

After serving a smooth and easy going vibe on previous single ‘Sugar Pie, the band turn things up a notch with ‘Dissent’N’Gin’. With nods to classic 90s hip-hop lead singer Tristan Carter-Jones proves once again she is a musical tour-de-force, equally at ease spitting bars as she is delivering her signature soulful vocals. The lyrics are a wild ride of alcohol and lust, while the band create a soundscape of uneasiness that still leaves you wanting more.

And don’t miss the accompanying visualizer shot on the streets of Brooklyn – featuring a man running, from what we don’t know… As the band explain:

'We wanted this to represent the mood of the song: it’s smooth on the outside yet something sinister lurks within the sound. You’re running from something you can’t see, you might not even know what it is, but you’re trying to get ahead of it. In the end, escape is impossible.’

Dakota Jones have been stomping around and making noise for nearly 8 years now. Featuring Tristan Carter-Jones on vocals, Scott Jet Kramp on bass, Steve Ross on the drums, and Eddy Marshall on the guitar, Dakota Jones have moulded their sound into something at once commanding and vulnerable, spontaneous and deliberate, familiar and refreshing. Harnessing a timeless groove and magisterial queer black power, they first burst onto the UK scene in 2021, easily translating their formidable energy as a live act into their debut record. Channelling furious energy inspired by the likes of Chaka Khan, Janis Joplin and Marvin Gaye, the group showcased their uncensored songwriting and were unafraid to take a deep dive into life’s most visceral emotions.


The result, ‘Blacklight’ went on to win critical praise from the likes of The Times, Classic Rock, DIVA Magazine and Echoes Magazine – establishing them as one of the best new funk/soul bands to emerge for a very long time. Since then the band have been busy in the studio writing new music, whilst continuing to build their live reputation, following that gritty funky sound wherever it would take them; through some of NYC's most respected venues, on tours exploring America's coasts, and well beyond.



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