The Game Chang­ers

This year’s MVPs of rhythm have been hon­ing their craft in the stu­dio and on the road.

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1. Kay­tranada

In a nut­shell This Port-au-Prince­born, Mon­treal-raised left-field-beats am­bas­sador cooks up a ban­quet of up­tempo neo-soul that is both re­lent­lessly dance­able and fear­lessly funky. And let’s not even get into how he re­vamps vintage Missy El­liott and Janet Jack­son cuts. Why you should care His first in­ter­na­tional tour sold out in a hot minute, so ex­pect Louis Kevin Ce­lestin to spread his off-kil­ter beats and bouncy bass lines far and wide this year. He has al­ready logged stu­dio time with Mobb Deep, hosted a monthly res­i­dency on BBC Ra­dio 1 and teased us with news of an im­pend­ing de­but on Bri­tish im­print XL Record­ings (home to Adele and The xx).

2. Al­lie X

In a nut­shell Shad­owy synth-pop awash in anatom­i­cal ref­er­ences from an enig­matic artist who keeps us in­trigued with kalei­do­scopic mu­sic videos and spin­ning GI Fs. Why you should care Since that fated Katy Perry Twit­ter shout-out, Al­lie X has done what few fledg­ling artists have the courage to do: trust her in­stincts and roll out her mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary “Xperience” on her own terms. Plus, when a song­writer tells you that her four main in­flu­ences are Tom Petty, Sia, Björk and ABBA , you know you’re in for a wild ride. h

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