Before we start, I must disclose some information. These are my friends. But as I’ve said before, as a writer about music, everyone thinks you need to hear their “new stuff” or whatever. Friends in Brooklyn constantly send me Facebook invitations and downloads of their new record, which is hard for me to write about. I don’t live in New York and pretty much no one in Philadelphia cares about reviews of concerts 95 miles away. However, here and there, you submit to curiosity and try not to listen with a cringe or eyes covered except for a little sliver of space between your fingers.
Cuntafit Currency is Emily Doofnoggle and Javas Ganguly. But those are their real names. Emily often appears as Oscar Wildchilde and Javas as DJ J++. They’re mainstays in Philly’s culture of gay club culture and drag performances that push the norm. The two of them have been a driving force behind a party called Qream that started at the Barbary. It was their way of curating drag, mixing up styles and flavors, and incorporating their own brand (especially Javas’) of dance party: hood, sophisticated in its dance jam selection, and decidedly NOT a cookie-cutter gay night of pop divas. You would most definitely expect a dose of some really bad bitches: M.I.A., Aaliyah, Azealia, Missy, Rye Rye, etc. Gays love their divas, no doubt, but it’s those diva choices that make a party so unique and J++ (get it, Java script?) knows what is really what – Britney and Gaga are not necessary to turn a party out.
So it’s with this sensibility that they’ve turned to making their own music. And with the 25th anniversary of Peter Gabriel’s So, his sixth solo record after Genesis. However, “Games Without Frontiers,” which they loosely cover with “So Popular,” appeared on his third solo LP, the Melt of his self-titled series of four records back in 1980. It features Kate Bush on backup vocals. The original’s a play on war and politics, but Cuntafit Currency mostly just take out the breathy female vocal and turn it into a kind of Mean Girls-inspired crunk dancefloor number. The beat is pretty sickening and Emily’s vocals sound in-control and thick with conviction. You can give it a spin and see for yourself, and while you’re there, peep a few more tracks from Javas’ Soundcloud to see what else they might have up their sleeve.