His new album is MAKANDA in The End of Space, the Beginning of Time, and you could say that Pierre Kwenders is somewhere between those two points. The fashion of this Congolese-Canadian Montrealer is a trippy mash of circling African themes, old-school hip hop, sophisticated Ramp;B and slyly thumping house music. Next-level Afrocentric stuff, then, with a whiff of yacht stone so subtle it would hardly dent the sail on the ship of Steely Dan.

Signed to Montreal’s Bonsound tag, Kwenders last released a record in 2014. Le dernier empereur bantou was nominated for a Juno and was on the very long list of Polaris Music Prize contenders in 2015. His credentials such as a working relationship with Win Butler of Arcade Fire. They have shared decks at a number of the more stylish Montreal parties; he was hand-picked by Arcade Fire to start for them in Montreal last spring.

The new album is set to drop Sept. 8, with Quebec and Ontario dates to follow. At the conclusion of distance and the beginning of time, Kwenders has carved out a distinctive brand new market.

Pierre Kwenders plays Toronto’s Rivoli (Sept. 15) and the Guelph Jazz Festival (Sept. 16)

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