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Bonjay Releases Caribou “Jamelia” Cover MP3, Album Out October 5

Bonjay

Broughtupsy

(October 5, 2010)

Jamelia” Caribou Cover MP3 Premiered on NYLON!

New Album, Broughtupsy, Out October 5!

“… T-Dot diasporic lo-fi dancehall, [with] singer Alanna singing slyly over a super pared down and clappy riddim before it flips out into weird and psychedelic.”
– FADER

“… there are many reasons to jump on this new group”
– XLR8R

“…bumping with glutinous stutter and wispy, hothouse vocals.”
– RCRD LBL

Sometimes the most unlikely pairings make for the most interesting outcomes. This could not be truer in the case of Toronto’s Bonjay. The duo will release their Broughtupsy mini-album October 5, 2010. We offered a preview track, “Stumble,” which was a perfect introduction to the world of Bonjay with its chopped up sirens, irresistible beat, and a voice from singer Alanna Stuart that is as commanding as it is seductive. Now you can hear Bonjay’s rendition of Caribou’s “Jamelia” as they take this dreamy track and rework it for the dancefloor, giving it their signature dancehall-indie flair. Check out the MP3 where it premiered on NYLON or HERE. We encourage you to post and share.

Composed of Stuart and producer Ian”Pho” Swain, Bonjay were recently named by CBC as “one of the top 10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010.” Since teaming up in 2006, Bonjay has developed a sound all their own that mixes dancehall reggae innovation, indie sentiments, electronic elements, and a DIY soul. The duo first released the mixtape Bangarang Business to locals only in 2007. A bass-heavy cover of TV on the Radio’s “Staring at the Sun” was the opening track and it garnered serious blog attention for Bonjay all over.

After turning up the volume in clubs across Canada, Bonjay recorded the Gimmee Gimmee EP. The title track showcases Alanna’s West Indian heritage in the form of a freestyle that closes the song in Gypsy patois. It quickly became an online sensation.

After the success of Bangarang Business and Gimmee Gimmee, Bonjay decided to make a proper mini-album of all original material. Broughtupsy never sacrifices the fun despite its intelligence. The album is full of experimentation (both musical and vocal), transfixing melodies, and beats that defy classification but are sure to invade headphones and speakers worldwide.

Bonjay are quickly becoming known for their live performances. With Alanna’s commanding presence and Pho performing the beats and effects live, they are truly a high-energy sound system of bass and soul. Bonjay draws their name from island slang meaning “Good God!” That is most likely the reaction you’ll have right before you start moving.

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