Thunderheist, ‘Thunderheist’ (Big Dada)
Club rap, with its leg-humping sexuality and boorish booty beats, seems fairly passé at this point. But the electro-fueled Toronto duo Thunderheist manage to pump life into the exhausted subgenre. On their debut, Isis sings and rhymes with equal verve, transforming from disco diva (“Nothing 2 Step 2″) to coke-snorting hussy (“Freddie”) to seductive jailbait (“Sweet 16″). Yeah, Thunderheist is all about the quick dance-floor fix, but Isis imbues her characters with quick-witted wickedness, and producer Graham Zilla churns out Spartan synth tracks that have an undeniably funky buzz.