Out Now on Sweat Equity: Tygapaw’s “Love Thyself”

 

As the founder and resident of New York’s venerable QTPOC collective and party Fake Accent, Dion McKenzie has been a figurehead of New York’s nightlife, and is now turning her attention worldwide, with dates in Asia, Europe and the Americas under her belt in the past year. Now, she’s offering another angle on her skills, readying her first outing as a producer and writer. “Love Thyself” feels like a victory lap of sorts, celebrating her expansive abilities as a sonic curator while marking a continued evolution in her creative voice. Tracks move from baile funk to New York vogue to Baltimore club and back, mixing together McKenzie’s own vision with a well-read sense of track production from any number of classic schools of practice.