In 2011, the music world was taken by storm by a series of freely released mixtapes by elusive Toronto singer The Weeknd. Since then his style of brooding, self reflexive R&B that conciously eschews pop-friendly elements has rebooted the Rythm & Blues genre and The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) has become an international sensation. Trilogy is the re-release of these three mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence), accompanied by three previously unreleased tracks.
Since 2003, Montreal's husband and wife team The Besnard Lakes have produced moody atmospheric rock albums that have won over fans and critics alike. On their fourth full album, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, Besnard Lakes are joined by Spencer Krug to create eight tracks of minimalist, artfully orchestrated shoegaze pop.
Daphni is the current stage name of Canada's chameleonic Dan Snaith. Previously releasing highbrow electronica as Caribou and Manitoba, Dan's name change indicates a shift in focus to more straight-up EDM. While this has made his latest album more accessible to the average listener, Snaith still deploys his considerable artistic chops to Jialong, and the result is a series of adventurous, inventive and seriously danceable tracks.
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