September 19th, 2017



TORONTO, ON – September 19, 2017 - Ahead of what would have been Leonard Cohen’s 83rd birthday on September 21st, singer-songwriter Jenny Berkel with Ryan Boldt of the Deep Dark Woods have shared their stunning cover of  ”True Love Leaves No Traces.” LISTEN HERE.

On the track and choosing to cover it, Berkel says:

“I found out about Leonard Cohen’s death during a chilly evening walk in Toronto. I was heading down Bloor Street when my phone started buzzing. While I had been thinking about this day – and wondering what it would mean to me – for several years already, I wasn’t prepared for the simultaneous sense of loss and gratitude that overcame me. I didn’t grow up listening to folk music and can still clearly remember the first time I heard a Leonard Cohen song. It was “Famous Blue Raincoat” – I had just started my first year of university and was feeling very alone. One winter evening, a new friend sent me the song. I put it on, lay down on the floor, and closed my eyes. I can still remember the feeling it gave me. Cohen’s metaphors and imagery are evocative, sharp, and so different from what I had grown up listening to. That evening was already over a decade ago; several years and many Leonard Cohen listens later, I started writing my own songs. I’ve wanted to record one of his songs for years and am so happy to release “True Love Leaves No Traces” as a duet with Ryan Boldt of the Deep Dark Woods.”

Berkel is on the road this fall as a touring member of The Wilderness of Manitoba, along with opening a handful of shows as a solo act including this Wednesday, September 20 in Toronto at The Garrison. See below for full itinerary.

Since releasing her debut album, Here on a Wire, Berkel has been intoxicating listeners with her evocative songs and voice. Berkel’s writing is at once gentle and hard-hitting. Her lush and low voice ornaments her poetry with melodies that soar high and clear before spilling back down again. Berkel’s  sophomore album, Pale Moon Kid, was recorded with gifted producer Daniel Romano and released across Canada in April 2016 (Pheromone Recordings) and across Europe in October 2016 (Popup Records). This glowing new collection reveals writing that has grown even sharper and more lyrical.


Available on streaming services September 21st

The Wilderness of Manitoba Tour Dates:

Sept 19 – St. Catharines (ON), the Warehouse

Sept 20 – Toronto (ON), the Garrison # - TICKETS
Sept 21 – Hamilton (ON), Mills Hardware
Sept 22 – Guelph (ON), University of Guelph * day show
Sept 22 – Elora (ON), Elora Brewing Company
Sept 23 – Sarnia (ON), Paddy Flaherty
Sept 27 – Saskatoon (SK), Vangelis
Sept 28 – Edmonton (AB), the Mercury Room
Sept 29 – Red Deer (AB), Bo’s Bar & Grill
Sept 30 – Calgary (AB), Night Owl #
Oct 5 – Kelowna (BC), the Habitat
Oct 7 – Chilliwack (BC), Tractorgrease
Oct 8 – Mission (BC), House Show
Oct 11 – Winnipeg (MB), Park Theatre
Oct 13 – Sault Ste Marie (ON), Loplops
Oct 20 – London (ON), London Music Hall # * duo show
Oct 21 – Harrow (ON), the Legion
Oct 26 – Oshawa (ON), Moustache Club #
Oct 27 – Kingston (ON), the Mansion
# Jenny Berkel as opening act



September 5th, 2017




HEAR: “Frontline” - 

PRE-ORDER: Take Me Apart -

TORONTO, ON – September 5, 2017 – Following her announcement of headlining North American and European tours, Kelela is back today to share a new song. “Frontline”, the second offering from Kelela’s forthcoming debut album, is now available everywhere and follows lead single and video “LMK.”

“Frontline” originally debuted on HBO’s hit show Insecure which has recently become a destination for bold music programming and one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows currently on air. It is currently available to stream or purchase at the link above.

Take Me Apart is due October 6th via Warp Records, and is available for pre-order now. Starting in October in Mexico City, Kelela will play shows across North America through November with Canadian dates in Toronto and Montreal, before heading to Europe for a slew of dates that will conclude in December in Amsterdam.

Hear “Frontline” and pre-order Take Me Apart above, and see below for the previously released video for “LMK,” full tour routing, album details, and further information about Kelela.


What the press is saying about “LMK”

“Kelela has an excellent voice, and she employs it in ambitious ways, a dedication to craft that precedes any sonic innovation, not simply raising the bar but reminding lucky listeners where it might’ve once been.” - The New Yorker

“Kelela is not here to play – she makes that clear from the outset of her new video for the hook-up single ‘LMK.’” - NPR

“an empowered and liberating song that asserts not just a woman’s agency, but also Kelela’s power as an artist.” - Pitchfork

“‘LMK’ isn’t a flirtation – it’s a negotiation, close to an ultimatum.” - The New York Times

“These are the intonations of someone who has the music world’s attention, a new album on the way, and no time to play games.” - The Ringer

“Artists, guard your Song of the Summer contenders close: Kelela did not come to play.” - Vulture

“If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with R&B vixen Kelela immediately.” 

- Billboard

Tour Dates:

9/2-3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America Festival
9/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/20 – Mexico City, MX @ Sala Corona
10/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/30 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
11/1 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/2 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/5 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
11/6 – Chicago, IL @ Promontory
11/7 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

11/9 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground - TICKETS

11/10 – Montreal, QC @ Belmont - TICKETS

11/11 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
11/12 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/13 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/16 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
11/17 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
11/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell Stage)
11/20 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
11/21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs
11/27 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
11/29 – London, UK @ Heaven
12/1 – Paris, France @ Gaite Lyrique
12/2 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Club
12/7 – Berlin, Germany @ Berghain
12/9 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
12/11 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
12/12 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefährlich
12/13 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Tolhuistuin

About Kelela:

With great anticipation, Kelela’s debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so Take Me Apart exists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From her very earliest work, honesty and vulnerability have been cornerstones of Kelela’s art – even when clad in the armor of the avant-garde electronics she so deftly inhabits – and Take Me Apart sees her double down on both the emotional intensity and resonance of her message as well as the sonic seeking she is renowned for.

On 2015′s acclaimed Hallucinogen EP, Kelela swept listeners along in the rush of ecstasy and the melancholic vapor trail of a hopeful, but ultimately doomed liaison. Hallucinogen would prove to be a turning point, and The New York Times would name it’s single, “Rewind”, one of the “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going”. The EP’s oversized impact would ignite a period of kinetic worldwide live shows culminating in Kelela crisscrossing the globe on tour with The xx. In parallel with this, 2016 and early 2017 would see Kelela grace a handful of crucial records as a feature vocalist – from longtime ally Solange’s majestic A Seat At The Table, to Danny Brown’s immense Atrocity Exhibition and most recently, the star-studded Humanz from Gorillaz.

These appearances would be tantalizing signs leading the way to Take Me Apart. Amplifying the ideas explored on Hallucinogen, here Kelela treats relationships and their effects like a Matryoshka doll, unveiling layer after layer to find herself at the center. Expressing an honest vision of how we navigate dissolving ties with each other and yet remain sanguine for the next chance at love,the emotional ricochet is traced across the album’s narrative. Take Me Apart stands not only as an intensely personal chronicle, but also a defiant and turbulent statement direct from Kelela; “Despite it being a personal record, the politics of my identity informs how it sounds and how I choose to articulate my vulnerability and strength. I am a black woman, a second-generation Ethiopian-American, who grew up in the ‘burbs listening to R&B, Jazz and Björk. All of it comes out in one way or another.”

The process of crafting Take Me Apart embraced the approach of widely collaborative R&B, hip-hop and pop production while roaming a strange and wonderful path. Working with a cast of peers, Kelela deconstructs many results of their collaborations and builds them back up into pieces of a cohesive whole, effectively orchestrating these multitudes in aid of her singular vision. “It’s this tapestry I’ve knitted together that attracts different types of listeners and challenges them at the same time, often within the same song. That’s what I want to bring to my entire catalogue” says Kelela. Testament to this approach, the album opens with a stunning trio of high points from the low-slung mechanized swing of ‘Frontline’ to the kaleidoscopic splendor of ‘Waitin’ – by which point you’ve been pulled straight into the tale Kelela is weaving, and the warped and chaotic beauty of the title track before dropping into ‘Enough’ which sounds as if it could have been transmitted from a neon-lit jazz club in Akira’s Neo-Tokyo.

The timeless, zero-gravity ballad ‘Better’ sees Kelela at her most unadorned – baring her soul to a nameless other over subtly transforming piano and synth textures while first single ‘LMK’ is all staggering club swagger that manages to span the past 20 years of innovative R&B while still exploring another dimension of possibilities. These songs typify the melding of classic song-craft and inventive production approach at the album’s core, but it’s here where things take yet another exhilarating turn. ‘Truth or Dare’ has the brittle snap and vocal twists of a Neptunes track while ‘Blue Light’ sees Kelela weld her sweeping pleas to the warped sonic palette of Grime, pointing the way forward to a possible future of cybernetic soul.

Now we are swept into the slipstream of a pair tracks in ‘On And On’ and the otherworldly grandeur of ‘Turn To Dust’, which conjures images of the powerful and iconic diva of Besson’s The Fifth Element; and it’s a short trip to the unforgettable pneumatic gospel of album closer ‘Altadena’, a perfect uroboros link back to ‘Frontline’ to begin the saga all over again. At this point you’re left with the feeling that this trip through Take Me Apart is one you’ll be making many more times.


Take Me Apart
October 6, 2017
(Warp Records)
1. Frontline
2. Waitin
3. Take Me Apart
4. Enough
5. Jupiter
6. Better
7. LMK
8. Truth Or Dare
9. S.O.S.
10. Blue Light
11. Onanon
12. Turn To Dust
13. Bluff
14. Altadena