DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR | Jacques Greene | | The JUNO Awards

It’s been two long years since we last heard new music from the Canadian artist and producer Jacques Greene who quietly helped revolutionize the palette of new dance music with his contemporary R&B influences. Now one of dance music’s most enigmatic young talents returns with the masterful You Can’t Deny – an immediate, bright, soulful, techno record about the beauty of human connections.
Born and raised in Montreal, now residing in Toronto, Greene broke out of a generation of independent electronic labels as a genre-defining artist (via 2011’s 'Another Girl' – one of Pitchfork’s Songs of the Decade). He has since laid the blueprint for countless young producers and DJs inspired by the intersection of contemporary black music: Hip Hop, R&B, House & Techno. Greene’s music has a remarkable aptitude for expressing a range of broadcasts – bittersweet melancholia and pure euphoria. Drawn from micro inflections and palettes of gut wrenching-soul, You Can’t Deny operates on a number of levels. Its brick-compressed Detroit-stabs serve to cut through club systems beneath intricate loops of electronics that interplay with disembodied, anthemic calls. With You Can’t Deny, Greene declares himself back and renewed.