Led by Alex Lukashevsky, Deep Dark United creates avant-garde jazz infused with folk and rock influences. While DDU is probably too weird to garner major popular attention, the group's unique and talented musicianship has led to them being influential members of the Toronto music scene. In 2007, DDU played two shows at the Tranzac, and released the resulting live recording as Look At / Look Out.
Until last year, Slakah the Beatchild was mainly known as a producer, having worked with such prominent Canadian artists as D.O., Divine Brown and Drake. With The Other Side of Tomorrow, Slakah demonstrated his own considerable songwriting chops, collaborating with Shad, Justin Nozuka and Sweden's Magnus Tingsek to produce 14 tracks of folk and electro-infused soul that topped many critics 'best of' lists for the year.
Vancouver's Black Mountain is the psychedelic hard-rock offshoot of lead singer Stephen McBean's other project Pink Mountaintops. A sonic hybrid of 70s hair rock riffs and grinding hard metal guitars, Wilderness Heart is a record that deserves to be played loud.
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