MP3: JjANICE+ – “Aleas”

MP3: JjANICE+ РAleas

The infectiously upbeat “Aleas” borders on bubblegum-pop, though its hip-hop and Afro-pop influences are hardly hidden. It would fit extraordinarily on the Jet Set Radio¬†soundtrack, where world genres collided for an infectious blend of sounds and stylistic hybrids. It’s also not too far from the colorfully exuberant rock of Super Furry Animals.

Its creator, JjANICE+, comprises several talented musicians from around the world. The frontman, Joel Janis, is a native of Haiti who grew up in Maurice, Quebec. His biggest influences are within Afro-Caribbean styles and alternative, so his description of “Aleas” is apt. “If I had to describe the song I would say that it’s influenced by a mix of Andre 3000, with David Bowie (’80s period), and My Brightest Diamond,” he wrote. “Our music is a blend of indie-pop influences with Afro-Caribbean rhythms and a touch of classical harmonies. We call it hybrid-soul.”

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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