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The Beautiful Game: Shabazz Palaces’ Enthralling, Convoluted ‘Lese Majesty’

Navigating through Lese Majesty, the new record from Shabazz Palaces, is kind of like adventuring your way through the new-ish isometric puzzle game Monument Valley.
Anupa Mistry / July 30, 2014

Marsha Ambrosius Flaunts Her Rap&B Bona Fides on ‘Friends & Lovers’

Ever since her days adding soulful gravitas to poet Natalie Stewart's gravely raps as part of the early '00s British neosoul duo Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius…
Anupa Mistry / July 17, 2014

Ark Analog Warp Bright Synths Into Trippy Video for ‘Was That It?’

Every musician has a secret (or not-so-secret, thanks to YouTube) past, when they were making mistakes, finessing a sound or playing guitars instead of synths.
Anupa Mistry / July 2, 2014

Trey Songz Is Superbly Seductive on ‘Trigga,’ Equates Cake With [Redacted]

With his sixth album Trigga, Trey Songz returns, ribald and ready, to swat middling crooners out of his lane. Ty Dolla $ign, Future, Justin Bieber,…
Anupa Mistry / June 30, 2014

J. Lo Teases With Fun Singles, but ‘AKA’ Is Mostly Mawkish Melodrama

Fifteen years ago, having already earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her starring role in Selena, Jennifer Lopez launched her recording career…
Anupa Mistry / June 17, 2014

Kaytranada Channels Dilla, Embraces Up-Tempo Neo-Soul

Don't ask Kaytranada to make another remix. The young Haitian-born, Montreal-based producer (real name Kevin Celestin) did indeed rise to international recognition by way of…
Anupa Mistry / June 3, 2014

Fatima Al Qadiri Conjures a Cinematic Din on Exceptional Debut, ‘Asiatisch’

Someone needs to hire Fatima Al Qadiri to score a film. If all of the experimental electronic producer's releases to date were soundtracks, they'd be…
Anupa Mistry / May 8, 2014

Stream Motions’ Atmospheric Club EP ‘All Gone’

It's a common gripe among Canadian dance music producers: you've got to leave the country to really make it. Motions is Brendan Neal, a former…
Anupa Mistry / April 28, 2014

Watch A Tribe Called Red’s ‘Sisters’ Turn Their Day Into a Dance Party

Back home in Canada, A Tribe Called Red just took home a Juno Award for Best Breakthrough Group. It's the first time an indigenous act…
Anupa Mistry / April 9, 2014

Ratking Resurrect Backpack Rap on ‘So It Goes,’ and It Doesn’t Suck

Nostalgia is so irritatingly inexorable it can resurrect even the nerdiest of musical subgenres: backpack rap. Some might claim the earnest, hyperlyrical, outré faction of…
Anupa Mistry / April 4, 2014

Brooklyn’s Brenmar Sidesteps Trends To Build Bass-Driven Pop

It's almost as if Bill Salas thrives on the grind itself. Chicago-raised and Brooklyn-based, Salas — who has been producing and DJing as Brenmar since…
Anupa Mistry / March 19, 2014

Fucked Up Premiere New Album at Toronto’s Long Winter Festival

It wasn’t exactly the surprise it could have been. Two days after announcing their new album Glass Boys via a video trailer, Toronto’s hardcore heroes…
Anupa Mistry / March 8, 2014

Katy B Finds a Sophisticated, Spellbinding Dance-Floor Sweet Spot on ‘Little Red’

Katy B had very little chance of breaking big in America with her first album, 2011’s Katy on a Mission. Despite the Stateside shift toward…
Anupa Mistry / February 11, 2014

Hear Kenzie May’s Blue-Hued R&B on ‘Skeleton Key’

"Skeleton Key," by Boston-born, London-bred singer Kenzie May, opens with laughing voices raucously debating the difference between love and sex. It's a timeless back-and-forth that…
Anupa Mistry / February 6, 2014

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Mine Cathartic Joy on ‘Give the People What They Want’

Euphoria is central to survival. What better way to keep on keepin' on than by experiencing innate, chromosomal happiness? If humans can't get it organically,…
Anupa Mistry / January 14, 2014

Beyonce Outdoes Herself (and Everyone Else) With the Humanizing, Superhuman ‘Beyonce’

Pop stars can be divisive. There are super-fans and super-haters, poptimists and rock-hardened cynics, Beliebers and… non-Beliebers. In 2013, "mainstream" itself is still a dirty…
Anupa Mistry / December 16, 2013

Milosh Furthers the Ominously Erotic Soft-Soul Revolution on ‘Jetlag’

It’s been a banner year for Mike Milosh, the Toronto-raised, L.A.-based electronic musician whose delicate, cocooning contralto illuminated Woman, the soft-soul March debut from Rhye.
Anupa Mistry / November 21, 2013

Solange Hijacks the ‘Indie R&B’ Narrative on Her Great New Comp ‘Saint Heron’

Saint Heron is a 12-track eye-roll at the new jacks, overseen by Solange. Those unfamiliar with R&B before the late-2011 "indie" narrative took over seem…
Anupa Mistry / November 11, 2013

The Weeknd Goes Bigger, Darker, and (Slightly) Warmer on ‘Kiss Land’

When the Weeknd debuted with the mysterious March 2011 mixtape House of Balloons, Toronto was in the midst of a cold-ass winter; unlike Montrealers, we…
Anupa Mistry / September 6, 2013

Does Janelle Monae Dream of Electric Sheep?

There's something inscrutable about Janelle Monáe. Speaking with the 27-year-old, Kansas City-born musician, it can be difficult working out whether her intense self-assuredness is simply…
Anupa Mistry / September 5, 2013

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