Canuck if you buck

You wouldn't expect the face behind some of the freshest ragga and dancehall in recent memory to belong to a white, bearded Québecois, but Monsieur Ghislain is proving that the couple thousand miles between Montreal and Kingston don't mean shit. Since abandoning a fruitful career in minimal techno, the self-described "bass connoisseur" has begun incorporating styles from Toronto to Tokyo while collaborating with artists from just as far away -- including Boston-native-in-Spanish-exile DJ/Rupture. At Poirier's Montreal monthly, "Bounce Le Gros" ("The Big Bounce"), he mixes rap, grime, and reggae in all its permutations. You can hear a taste on-line, and a solo album, BREAKUPDOWN, is forthcoming on Chocolate Industries. Catch him for free tonight at the weekly DJ C/DJ Flack "Beat Research" night at Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge 9 pm 617.491.5550

LISTEN: Ghislain Poirier, Dirtier Than Clean mix (via Rouge de Citron)
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