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Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul Share new track ‘HAHA’ + Debut Album ‘TOPICAL DANCER’ out 4 March 2022 Via DEEWEE

Belgian-Caribbean provocateur Charlotte Adigéry and her long-term musical partner, Bolis Pupul share a new track from their forthcoming debut album called ‘HAHA’.

Their debut record, Topical Dancer, is co-written and co-produced with Soulwax and due for release on March 4 2022 via their iconic label DEEWEE. Pre-order the album HERE.

‘HAHA’ is built entirely around a sample of Charlotte making herself laugh and perfectly captures the essence of Charlotte & Bolis’ forthcoming debut album Topical Dancer. Their take on familiar genres is always off-kilter; ‘HAHA’ sounds undone and a little wonky, yet it’s written as a nocturnal heater to make the club throb. The track is paired with a similarly abstract video, by Hugo Campan, featuring kaleidoscopic visuals of Charlotte & Bolis amongst imagery of an egg, which they say is “a visual shorthand for unhatched potential” and an ongoing theme throughout their debut record.

Cultural appropriation and racism. Social media vanity. Post-colonialism and political correctness. These are not talking points that you’d ordinarily hear on the dancefloor but Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul are ripping up the rulebook with their debut album Topical Dancer. The Ghent-based duo, who broke out with their 2019 Zandoli EP, are rare storytellers in electronic music: they take the temperature of the time and funnel them into their playful synth concoctions – never didactic and always with a knowing wink.

Their debut studio record – which cements them as a duo under both their names for the first time and is co-written and co-produced by Soulwax – is both a triumph of kaleidoscopic electro-pop and “a snapshot of how we think about pop culture in the 2020s.” It captures conversations Charlotte and Bolis’s have had over the past two years on tour, as well as their perspectives as Belgians with an immigrant background, Charlotte with Guadeloupean and French-Martinique ancestry and Bolis being of Chinese descent.

Last month saw the duo release lead single ‘Blenda’ which was inspired by Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book Why I’m Not Longer Talking To White People About Race. It’s a razor sharp and hard-hitting call to arms that references how Charlotte feels she is “a product of colonialism”. The track was added straight to the B List playlist at BBC 6Music and picked up a wealth of press support from the likes of NME, Crack, Evening Standard, Pitchfork, The Independent, DIY, The Vinyl Factory, Loud & Quiet + more.

Topical Dancer, released March 4, 2022 on DEEWEE.