Backxwash – Black Magic

Artist: Backxwash
Title: Black Magic
Label: Grimalkin Records

Montreal-based “BACKXWASH is a trans rapper (they/them/she/her) from Zambia whose music provides an eccentric and aggressive social commentary.”
‘Black Magic’ is her first single since the widely acclaimed (by Bandcamp Daily, Bitchfork, Houdini Mansions, Boston Hassle, God is in the TV) album ‘Deviancy’ released in July 2019. We are very excited to hear her latest piece of blistering wisdom!

At first our mood is heart-achingly tentative, like we are tip-toeing around the entrance way to a cave where a fearsome dragon lives. There are the sounds of a great and powerful creature awakening from a deep sleep inside, hisses & sighs, whispers & moans, we hold our breath… and then just as we think we will expire with anticipation Backxwash bursts this bubble with the battle cry “I fuck with, I fuck with Black Magic!” and we can’t help but move our whole bodies in time with the beat and the voice and the searing sounds woven into the track. We can feel the depth of Backxwash’s emotion as it fills us up and swells in our chests. We are completely under her spell and hang on to every word, we hear the pain and the struggle and the anger and the strength that it takes to fight back. She has a searing way with words, twisting and turning them into wholly new visual pictures inside our brains. ‘Black Magic’ ends with a shimmering hiss moving from one ear to the other, this track is now permanently impressed into our skulls.

You can listen here, but we warn you once you play it once you will become totally addicted and have to listen to it over and over again:

and also please check out the amazing Deviancy, The lathes and both runs of cassettes sold out very fast but you can still grab a digital copy!

“Proceeds from digital only sales now will go to Project 10 in Montreal.
They were previously going to Nationz Foundation ( in Richmond, VA, but we are trying to spread the support out more evenly between Project 10 and Nationz. Thank you!”

“Project 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual and mental well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersexed and questioning youth and adults 14-25.”

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