In 1999, Metro Area shook up a flaccid house music scene with the release of "Atmosphrique," the first of several influential singles created by New Jersey producers Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani. Likewise, Metro Area’s 2002 self-titled album was a critic’s favorite and widely considered a club classic.
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Canada may not be a hotbed for rappers, but 21-year-old Roland “Cadence Weapon” Pemberton has done the great North American nation proud. His debut album, Breaking Kayfabe (Upper Class), not only earned him a Polaris Music Prize nomination, but it also set him a step above his aged contemporaries, gaining him remixes for the likes of Lady Sovereign, Disco D, and Kid Sister. Read more »
A look at 2008’s Plug Music Awards tells us that, though it may not be groundbreaking indie-underdogs, this year’s ceremony may be one of the most interesting competitions between independent titans in recent history. Who wouldn’t take note of an Artist of the Year battle between El-P, Animal Collective, and Radiohead? Hmmm. Predictably, Justice, Of Montreal, and Arcade Fire are up for nearly every award. Exciting.
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