Kuhrye-oo, Azealia Banks and The Neighbourhood


Just like Sweden got a mention two weeks ago, I’m pretty sure there’s something in the water in Montréal, too. The scene there has been booming of late, with Grimes sitting pretty in the front row.Add d’Eon, Purity Ring, Born Gold, and Montréal seems to be full of electronic wizards. Kuhrye-oo hails from the same scene and just like all the rest, he too gives humdrum electronic music a crazy (amazing) twist. His debut track ‘Give In (For The Fame)’ is built on a vocal sample from some 90’s R&b hit that’s hard to identify (definitely 90’s R&B, though) and yet Kuhrye-oo can make it sound so contemporary with a bangin’ rhythm. Combine that with these edits he did and Kuhrye-oo is set to conquer our hearts and our dancefloors.


Azealia Banks

Don’t play Azealia Banks to your kids, or they’ll be running around the house screaming stuff like “bitch”, “cunt” and the “N” word in no time. This bad-mouthed diva debuted with the bouncy 212 (which is actually a ‘Float My Boat’ production from Belgian duo Lazy Jay) and has been putting out quite some jams since. Basically, she raps nasty words on a baller-beat (think Hudson Mohawke, Machinedrum, Diplo – you get the picture?) which seems to be very popular seen as it got her a record deal in no time. Lately she’s been busy meeting and working with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Kanye West and Missy Elliot, but an EP, mixtape and full-length are on the way.


The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood (mind the “u”) are still a relatively new band, and yet they’ve already caught the attention and support of some important people in the industry (think BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe). This five-piece from California make beach-y pop à la The Drums (with less surf), that they combine (sometimes) with a Lana Del Rey-type allure (with less vintage) and an incomparable hip-hop-rock vibe. In essence, The Neighbourhood make fun, accessible pop, which is enough to cause a stir in the blogosphere. Their (free) debut EP is titled ‘I’m Sorry’ but they shouldn’t really be sorry at all, since it’s all so enjoyable – particularly the bruisy ‘Sweater Weather’, which I’ve adopted as a personal expression since I first heard it (as in “It’s definitely not sweater weather today here in Belgium”). Absolutely awesome.