Nouveau Palais

TSM represents Nouveau Palais licensing/sync rights for: North America

Artist Description: Pop quiz, music whiz: what brings together Megasoid, Lunice and Ango? If your initial thoughts have to do with warehouse parties, afterhour loft bashes, “bridge burners”, Zoobizarre, or a cross-section of underground Montreal nights, I can assure you: you’re on the right track. All valid answers, as this trifecta (along with a few others) spearheaded a rhythmic revolution in the city’s electronic music scene at a time when Justice, M.I.A. and TTC anthems were de rigueur at any Bounce Le Gros, Peer Pressure or assorted Montreal block party.

But how did these inspired lads really come together? The answer involves live mixing hip hop a cappellas with sashaying synths, distortion tricks and thumps, all the while upping the BPM quotient. The boundless cross-genre they crafted was immediately endorsed by an army of fedora-packing, neon-gleaming, skintight denim-sporting revelers. Fleeting fashion references notwithstanding, the ground zero of said electronic revolution occurred at legendary Montreal monthly Turbocrunk, providing patrons from 2007-2009 at the now-defunct Coda Club an innovative brew that many dubbed ‘lazer bass’, ‘street bass’, ‘electro crunk’ and beyond. Prison Garde, the producer who operated under a number of aliases in early aughts Montreal (Sixtoo, Speakerbruiser Rob, one half of Megasoid), launched this celebration of wide-ranging glitchy goodness in 2007 with his then-partner, Wolf Parade’s Hadji Bakara.

A lot has changed in the six intervening years: dubstep’s insistent bass wobbles have conquered the planet, for good and bad; the cross-genre dialogue that Turbocrunk instigated across this city has spread far and wide, and most of Turbocrunk’s prime players have graduated to critically-acclaimed recording careers. Namely Lunice Fermin Pierre II and Andrew Gordon Macpherson (Ango), both Red Bull Music Academy alumni who now release on respected Glaswegian imprint LuckyMe (the same label that first broke Hudson Mohawke’s sound to the world). Both have teamed up with their bestie Prison Garde to launch Nouveau Palais, an uptempo electronic project whose name is a nod to the legendary Mile-End greasy spoon where they capped off many an inebriated night.

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