Frankfurt am Main in Germany is the financial center of Deutchland–not necessarily a place you’d equate with hot parties and deep, soulful jazz. But the folks at the INFRAcom! label have carved out their own distinctly groovy niche, comparable to the jazz club triumphs of imprints like Berlin’s Sonar Kollektiv, or Munich’s Compost.
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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 »
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