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Roaches 2012-2019

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    The singular experimentalist’s first official solo compilation traverses the universes that make up his discography, rejecting genre and attribution in an album-length argument for mongrel pop.

    Dean Blunt started the decade challenging small audiences and ended it collaborating with A$AP Rocky and Panda Bear. At the same time, he created a body of work as distinct as it is varied, inventing a niche somewhere between post-punk provocation and dub experiment. As a semi-public figure, Blunt is restless and acerbic, willing to change allegiances at the drop of a hat and pull stunts that are simultaneously thrilling and idiotic. He sent an impostor to collect his NME Award, sold a weed-filled toy car on eBay, and released unlistenable noise as Babyfather. His propensity for gags can make it easy to dismiss the rigorous craftsmanship of his work. Yet Blunt sculpts infinite soundscapes littered with indecipherable messages; his songs are simultaneously archives of past genres and transmissions from the future. This ecumenical approach and DIY prankster spirit animates his latest release, Roaches 2012-2019, a collection of solo and collaborative pieces from the past decade. Blunt’s first official solo compilation rejects genre and attribution in favor of nuance and theme in an album-length argument for mongrel pop.

    The YouTube one-offs and previously unreleased tracks collected here traverse the universes that make up Dean Blunt’s discography. Unlike fan-made compilations or those Blunt has leaked via WeTransfer, this compilation, released through his World Music label, serves as an official archive and survey of the work he’s made in the past seven years. Album opener “Felony” and the bristling “Acts of Faith” take their cues from the cinematic string and beat structure of solo releases like 2014’s Black Metal and 2013’s The Redeemer. The smoldering duet “Neva,” which pairs Blunt with singer Poison Anna, recalls Blunt and Inga Copeland’s broken ballad “The Narcissist.” The tragic street narrative and thudding goth-rock sample in “Trident 2” wouldn’t sound out of place on Babyfather’s 2016 album BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow. The numbered “Benidorm” tracks are short, experimental sound samples that bring to mind the interstitials on 2012’s Black Is Beautiful, while the “Nitro Girls” songs with Joanne Robertson mimic the stripped-back acoustics of the pair’s recent collaborations. Taken together, they form a miniature history of Blunt’s development, a survey of the many ad-hoc genres he’s created over time.

    Steeped in post-punk and reggae, Blunt uses both genres to convey his particular desperation. “Prayer 2015” is post-punk taken back to its reggae roots; Blunt creates a dub version of Shellac’s “Prayer to God” by muting Steve Albini’s vocals and keeping the propulsive rhythm section of the original song. Adapting the technique of a Jamaican dub producer like Big Joe, he strips the song to its essentials, using the remaining foundation as a backdrop against which to modulate and delay his voice. Limited by his vocal range and distorted by reverb, lines like, “Here is my prayer to the one true God” gain added urgency as they fall in time with the militaristic march of the drums. In his monotone ad-libs, Blunt acknowledges the song’s debts to previous genres: “Here is my prayer… Jah!”

    When a speaker on “Sicko freestyle” says, “We made a culture, niggas,” it could be the manifesto for Blunt’s approach: If black music underlies all pop music, then is any part of pop off-limits to the black artist? If all cultural gradations are artificial, then why maintain any separation? It’s this sense of possibility that frees Blunt to fragment Prefab Sprout’s “Cue Fanfare” into the mumbled “Lit freestyle,” which sounds as though it were taken from the same Babyfather recording session that produced “Skywalker Freestyle” out of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights.”

    Blunt’s fascination with reimagining the past has been present since the start. You can hear it on “The Throning,” a 2010 single by Hype Williams (a group then composed of Blunt and Copeland). It starts out as a vaporwave cover of Sade’s “The Sweetest Taboo,” then morphs into hazy techno reminiscent of Carl Craig’s More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art in its final 30 seconds; it’s both pop parody and pop devotional. Depending on your viewpoint, Blunt is a charlatan or a perpetually dissatisfied perfectionist. Roaches offers a map of the roads he’s taken and a peek at those he didn’t: On “N Then She Said I Need to Tell U Somethin N Dont Hate Me for It. ” a seven-minute dirge filled with MIDI harmonica, we get a glimpse of Dean Blunt the prog-rock frontman. Steeped in personal and musical history, the collection is as conflicted as its creator. It’s simultaneously political and apolitical, conscious yet contemptuous of race, focused and impatient. Roaches 2012-2019’s series of artifacts contains Blunt’s vision for the future.

    The singular experimentalist’s first official solo compilation traverses the universes that make up his discography, rejecting genre and attribution in an album-length argument for mongrel pop.

    What To Do With Those Blunt Roaches

    Different practices of using cannabis more efficiently have been studied and used for many years. Some users find ways to get the most out of their weed, smoking it to the very last bit. Others may not care about using that last bit of resinated weed, or the small amount of shake that did not get packed into that bowl/ joint. This is fine, however, using that small amount of weed could eventually make a difference.

    If you are a cannabis smoker that wants to use weed more efficiently, and you smoke blunts, then you came to the right post. Do you know what a blunt roach is? Well, a blunt roach (or just roach for short) is the end of a blunt that typically does not get smoked. It is the part of the blunt that you hold and when the blunt is being smoked; the roach is usually thrown out. However, in most cases, there is still a small amount of weed left in the roaches. Now, it may be a small amount, and it may be resinated, but it still contains THC and can get you high. So, with that being said, here are some ways on what you can do to use those blunt roaches.

    Keep The Weed

    This method of efficiently using a blunt roach is probably the most obvious one. You could always save the weed that is left inside a roach. Simply unwrap the blunt and let the weed fall out. It may be a tiny amount of weed, but it’s still weed. And if you save up enough weed from blunt roaches, you could get enough to roll a whole new blunt!

    Now, the weed may not look the same as when you first rolled the blunt, since it has been resinated. This is fine, though, since the weed still works. THC (what gets you high) is still active in resinated weed, and will actively work once smoked. So, why not save the resinated weed? It may not look or smell as good as weed that has not been used yet, but it still works.

    Pack A Roach Bowl

    If you do not want to dissect your roach and only want to smoke the rest of it, then you could pack it into a bowl. There are three ways that this can be done. One way is to simply put the roach in a bowl (pipe, bubbler, bong, etc.) and smoke it like that. Put the end of the blunt that you hit it from facing into the bowl, where the small hole is. The end of the blunt that gets lit should be facing up. Now you hit it like a bowl! Spark the roach and inhale it through your smoking piece.

    You could also add weed to the bowl for the bowl to be more complete. Since roaches tend to be very small, it may only count as half to even 1/4 of a bowl (depending on how big your bowl is). If you want to do this, then use the method above to set up your roach. Once the roach is in place, sprinkle some shake around the roach inside the bowl. You can fill the bowl up, then smoke it and get an extra high!

    Some smokers want to use the weed left in a roach, but not the rest of the blunt wrap. Afterall, a blunt roach still contains tobacco, unless you remove the blunt wrap. If you want to only smoke a bowl of weed, then unwrap the roach and dump the weed inside your bowl. Now you can smoke the roach weed without smoking the roach tobacco!

    Smoke A Roach Blunt

    If you like to collect blunt roaches, then you may have a stash of them already. These can be used in a number of ways. You could always save all the weed until you have enough to roll a new blunt. Let’s say, as an example, that each roach contains 0.1 grams of weed. A normal blunt contains 1 gram of weed. That means you only need to save 10 roaches (0.1 x 10 = 1) in order to have enough for a full blunt!

    As stated above, the weed from a roach may not be as good as new, unused weed, but it still gets the job done. And, if you do manage to save enough for a new blunt, then it’s almost as if you got a whole blunt for free! Think about it, since most users throw out their blunt roaches, the weed inside those roaches is free weed. This does not mean you should use random blunt roaches you find on the ground (I strongly recommended you do not do that); only use the blunt roaches in which you know where the weed came from.

    Another way of using blunt roaches for a new blunt is to roll them up as is. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean instead of removing the weed from the roach and putting that in a blunt, just put the whole roach in the new blunt, Now, I personally do not recommend doing this, since you would be smoking more tobacco than weed. If you are more of a weed smoker, I suggest using the method above and removing the old blunt wraps first. If you enjoy smoking tobacco, however, and smoke it often, then go for it, give the roach blunt a shot.

    Wu Tang The Roach

    Last, and probably least recommended, we have wu tanging the roach. This is the least recommended only because it is not very efficient, but it is a way to use a roach. If you are not sure what this is, then check out our post that is all about Wu Tanging a blunt roach:

    To simplify it, wu tanging a blunt means swallowing the roach. Yes, you have to fully ingest a blunt roach in order to say that you have Wu Tanged it. Now, there is a step-by-step method to doing this, to ensure that you do it right and don’t choke on the roach. If you are going to attempt this, I strongly recommend that you read the article above first. It will give you everything you need to know about Wu Tanging. And yes, the article does talk about how this is all related to the Wu Tang Clan.

    That’s all for this post. Have you tried any of these roach methods? If so, drop a comment about it below. Happy smoking!

    If you are a cannabis smoker that wants to use weed more efficiently, and you smoke blunts, then you came to the right post. Use blunt roaches to get high!