When Wonderland hung out with Rejjie last spring we left with more questions than answers. Like those conflicting age reports & that American Georgia drawl, pretty uncanny for a kid from Dublin, right? And what about those aliases? Whoever the real Rejjie Snow might be, he’s been busy making music. The rapper debuted his latest single Pink Beetle at Kamio last night for a full crowd who cavorted to the beats under a blanket of a thick smoke. He also played D.R.U.G.S, a recent release from September. We mean, talk about vibes! .
Pink Beetle unfolds as a prayer, playing on the famous African American spiritual song ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’. Sound wise, it appears light and pleasant, laced together by a soft, recurring piano melody coupled with cascading percussion but the vocals are harsh and gritty, hinting at something sinister just below the surface. There’s something unsettling about the way Snow punctuates his words, like he’s sharpening them, ready to hurl them out. The lyrics feel twisted and cryptic, we feel what Snow is saying rather than hear it. We can’t wait for this shape shifter’s debut album.