Broken Social Scene “Broken Social Scene” (City Slang)

First published in iDJ #72
Having gathered together every musician in Canada, Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew’s post-rock crew boasts more members than Staten Island’s Wu Tang.  Don’t think that having collected the wonderful Metric, Stars, and Apostle of Hustle Andrew Whiteman amongst their number has prevented the inclusion of additional guests either – K-Os and Julie Penner also throwing their lot in with the Canuckian all-stars. Despite the inevitable squeeze in the studio, producer David Newfield proves his mettle for a second time, drawing everything together even more coherently than his acclaimed achievements in the ‘You Forgot It In People’ album, released in 2002.  It is somewhat amazing that the album is such a personable listen, its swirling, whirling, twirling sounds pirouetting from the speakers with the unlikely grace of a sumo wrestler with ballet skills. Pick of the bunch is the twitchy ‘Windsurfing Nation,’ a breathtaking mash of hip hop and eighties pop which throws down shapes like The Go! Team on Ritalin.

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 12 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest. In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short HP Lovecraft adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2018), beginning its festival journey in 2019. Kingsley began work as composer on a film project with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film completed principal photography in Autumn 2018, and is currently in post production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc