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Thursday, Oct 21, 2010
Toronto's Bonjay create a kinetic blend of electro-soul, dancehall, and big beats that end up lodging in the brain as instant memories and the body as a means of motion motivation

Toronto’s Bonjay create a kinetic blend of electro-soul, dancehall, and big beats that end up lodging in the brain as instant memories and the body as a means of motion motivation. Yeah, they make you wanna dance with abandon big time. That’s probably why Bonjay and director Sammy Rawal made two videos for “Stumble”, each with a different dancer choreographed by Dana Michel to represent a blend of dancehall and club styles. Hot stuff, both of them and we have the premiere of the one featuring Liana Lewis for you. Check out the alternate take with Addy Chan over on NOW.


Bonjay is the duo of Alanna Stuart on vocals and Ian “Pho” Swain behind the decks. They’ve been collaborating since 2006 and the hype is on the ascendant with the CBC tagging Bonjay as “one of the top 10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010”. If “Stumble” is any indication, they are well on their way.



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Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Meat Beat Manifesto have been perfecting their techno sound since 1987 and have been major influencers on trip-hop, as well as drum and bass along the way.

Meat Beat Manifesto have been perfecting their techno sound since 1987 and have been major influencers on trip-hop, as well as drum and bass along the way. MBM’s latest album, Answers Come in Dreams, dropped last week via Metropolis Records and today we present the premiere of their new video for “Waterphone”. Juxtaposing vintage film footage—among some of the earliest recorded by the first movie cameras of the turn-of-the-century—with their hyper-modern electro beats, “Waterphone” is both artsy and cerebral.



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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Dar Williams offers up instantly memorable tunes rooted in the great Americana folk-pop tradition.

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams released her latest album Many Great Companions last week via Razor & Tie. She offers up instantly memorable tunes rooted in the great Americana folk-pop tradition. This time around Williams re-recorded 12 of her classic songs with a number of notable musicians on the new record, including Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Patty Larkin. In this new video for “As Cool As I Am”, she pairs with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris.



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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
France's El Boy Die constructs his tunes like a film composer, creating expansive, cinematic music that evokes mood and imagery in equal measure.

France’s El Boy Die constructs his tunes like a film composer, creating expansive, cinematic music that evokes mood and imagery in equal measure. For his new album, Black Hawk Ladies & Tambourins, releasing 26 October on Semprini Records El Boy Die decamped to Montreal to work with the likes of Herman Dune, Yeti Lane, Cyann & Ben, Zombie Zombie, and Valleys. It’s all part of his attempt to deconstruct psych-folk and the results are intriguing to say the least. Today, we present the premiere of the first single, “Dead Kings,” from Black Hawk Ladies & Tambourins. Check out the mesmerizing, tribalesque drumming.



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Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn's Victoire merge electro glitch, pop, haunting vocals, and classical violin and clarinet amongst a plethora of instruments into a unified whole.

Brooklyn’s Victoire have high musical ambitions, defining themselves as a chamber rock quintet, an obvious nod to the complexity and richness of classical music. They live up to the moniker, merging electro glitch, pop, haunting vocals, and classical violin and clarinet amongst a plethora of instruments into a unified whole. Earlier this week PopMatters’ Maria Scurr said of Victoire’s new release Cathedral City, “[this] is a sturdily crafted work. While it is easy to meet an album full of dense instrumentation with indifference, Cathedral City is just as much an exhilarating excursion as it is a welcome release from the speed of life.”



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