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Rhythm Section

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Gayance joins forces with Rhythm Section for her debut album ‘Mascarade’ - a swaying dance that moves between poetic, soulful odes to the past, accounts of the Afro-diasporic feminine experience and playfully energetic dancefloor grooves.

'Mascarade' is a collection of dancey, broken rhythms, interwoven with heartfelt stories and bright, unapologetic outpours of joy. In her own words, “It's the story of my 20's. I wanted to pay homage to this kid everybody knew, but not deeply. It's about taking back a power that is mine and was always in my hands...It's about making peace with the past and moving forward”.

Gayance (real name Aïsha Vertus) takes her alias from the Haitian creole word for joyfulness.Based in Amsterdam, born and raised in Montreal-Nord, she started as a DJ in 2013, and has toured the world with shows in Paris, Brooklyn, Marrakech, Berlin, Sao Paulo and more, bringing electrifying and contagious energy wherever she goes.

Her own production is influenced by underground UKG and the respective house scenes of Detroit and New York, with nods to the vivid, sun-soaked colours of Latin America. Shades of blues, jazz and gospel can also be heard in her newest project, pulling together styles from each corner of the world. For this full-length debut album on Rhythm Section she has brought some fellow Montrealers along for the ride.


Matt says: Quintessential Rhythm Section offering here that covers us in jazz, downbeat, hip-hop and soul by the bucket load. It's a funny one - I can't help draw comparisons with RS and the sadly defunct MCR label - Grand Central. The way they blend genres, keeping it soulful, keeping it dancey.


A1. Interlude Between Brussels & Rio
A2. Dead End (ft. Janet King)
A3. Clout Chaser's Anthem (ft. Janet King , Hua Li)
A4. Jazz Cats Run (ft. Sarah Mk)
A5. 1996 Inner G
A6. Shore Apart
A7. Lord Have Mercy (ft. Judith Little D ,raveen)
B1. Nunca Mais
B2. In The Gaze
B3. Mascarade
B4. Moon Rising (10 Years) (ft. Judith Little D)

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