April 11, 2012 SOUNDS ⁄  THE ABYSS: GET RIH-TARDED

THE ABYSS: GET RIH-TARDED

Teen NY  duo, the Abyss, are the latest subterranean upstarts who’ve come to bail R&B out of its creative bankruptcy. In a similar vein to the hypest of 2011, the Weeknd, they’ve emerged from the damp darkness of the blogosphere with a slew of subversive edits of lamestream pop tunes;  like Kiss FM… if those lips were riddled with cold sores.

Operating exclusively from a YouTube account opened in January, they’ve dropped reworks of Usher’s You Don’t Have to Call, Destiny Child’s Say My Name and our personal fave – Bad Mon Ting, a deviant reimagining of Rudeboy, by that saucy headline-grabbing minx, Rihanna. This is probably what Ri-Ri would sound like if she were a cross-dressing, Soho dominatrix – instead of a nice girl dressed like one.