Mykki Blanco is starting out into the label business with self-confident statements, but also with a bit of regret. We’re used to Blanco’s statements, the regret comes as a surprise. It concerns the fact that there’s not a single woman to be found on »C-ORE«. In an interview together with Peaches, Blanco admitted to Journalist Thomas Venker having touched a sore spot when pointing out the record’s imbalance. In fact, »C-ORE« is the first release on Blanco’s imprint Dogfood that’s dominated by (biological) men. It’s a tiny drop of bitterness for a project that otherwise gets many things right. In comparison to countless record stores out there, which still categorize genres in »Black« or the more euphemistic »Urban« (read: »Black«) and thereby genuinely equate race to sound, »C-ORE« represents a disparate statement by four black musician who flexibly move between thumping trap, dreamy cloud rap and digital harsh noise. All these styles have had a massive impact on Blanco’s sound, who, despite having announced his retreat from the active music business, contributed two tracks to the record. »C-ORE« is a posse-project, the versatility of which leads to logical consequences in form and content but also implies its natural borders. »This Is Going To Be Disgusting, Unholy and Pleasurable«, as the title of Violence’s opener suggests – and »C-ORE« offers nothing more and definitely nothing less. And even though it’s not a platform for everyone, it sure is one for these four musicians, who have often enough been pushed to the margin of society due to the color of their skin or their sexual orientation. The fact that their vocals are sometimes missing altogether (like in Yves Tumor’s noise-tracks) while sometimes being exuberantly present (as to be heard in Blanco’s poetry track »Paw« or in Psychoegyptian’s autotune-rap in the Slum Savage-feature »Lullaby«) is quite a strong and literal statement in the U.S. in the year 2015. All in all, Blanco is starting out into the label business with self-confident statements. Hopefully, no, probably, there won’t be much to regret in the future.