Best New Band: Bond St. District

Bond St. District’s “Everybody’s So Sleepy” EP felt like it fell out of a time warp when it debuted last November. The duo of producer Paul Hutson and MC Unkle Lulu (aka local powerhouse DDm) emerged fully formed, marrying the warm irreverence of Prince Paul-ish golden-age hip-hop production and the intelligent awareness of daily life in a disenfranchised 21st-century city. Even better, the duo is absolutely unafraid of hijacking pop hooks for its feral vibe. And the duo came out of the gate miraculously knowing how to pull this infectious personality off onstage, as the outfit proved when it added a drummer to the lineup at Artscape—when Bond St. District decides to rock it, hang onto your fucking hats.

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