Bonjay (2012)

Toronto, ON

Heavy, heavy bass. Static, propulsive rat-a-tat beats. Spacey future soul classics. The sounds of Toronto-based duo Bonjay set your spine a-tingle with basement-rattling tunes and vocals that stand hairs on end. Drawing their name from Spice Island slang for “good god!,” singer Alanna Stuart and multi-instrumentalist Ian “Pho” Swain marry dancehall innovation, twisted indie sentiments and soul hooks. It’s an unlikely mix, but one that makes sense coming from two strong, contrasting personalities in one of the world’s emerging melting pots.