Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010

Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
6. Bonjay Broughtupsy (Mysteries of Trade)
Bonjay's first single "Gimmee Gimmee" hinted at their potential, but Broughtupsy explodes their horizons wide open. Alanna's voice creates a space between massed R&B vocals, Caribbean-flavoured neologisms, and indie rock edge to create a remarkable lead presence. Pho's production is active but never manic, not buzz-saw heavy but an appealing combination of elastic and robotic. His re-injection of Alanna's voice into the mix creates even more exciting layers in the music. As dancehall continues to influence dance music production in urban centers around the world, Bonjay is at the forefront.
David Dacks