Beast - Beast
I know I'm a little slow to the dance on this one, but I've had Montreal band overload recently. But I am very happy I finally came around to the electronic duo Beast.
Comprised of French ex-pats Jean-Phi Goncalves and Betty Bonifassi, Beast have stormed onto the indie scene with their bombastic debut self-titled album.
The duo fuse Trip Hop, electronic music, and a rap vocal delivery to form the foundation of their sound. On top of that are layered various influences from soul, funk, R&B and beyond.
Beast do not give you an inch of breathing room as they bombard you with wall-to-wall sound. Residing beneath the relentless aural assault is a lurid sexual tension and sleazy, stylized Euro-chic that gives the pair an almost erotic appeal.
The album opens with "Devil", a track which features an Egyptian belly dance groove. "Finger Prints" show the first glimmer of a soul/Trip Hop collision. Heavy funk and uplifting gospel vocals punctuate the standout "Mr. Hurricane". The album wraps up with a bookend of World influences, this time the South American salsa of "Satan".
With Beast Goncalves and Bonifassi have carved out a unique stake of sonic turf, and by the sounds of the album, they are prepared to defend it ferociously.
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