Montreal-based aggressive trip-hop group Beast formed in 2004 as a collaboration between vocalist BÃ©atrice Bonifassi and DJ/composer/drummer Jean-Phi Goncalves. Before joining forces, both parties had performed for nearly two decades individually within the music industry: highlights of their sprawling rÃ©sumÃ©s include Bonifassi's performance on The Triplettes de Belleville soundtrack and Goncalves' collaboration with Lauryn Hill while drumming with the band Plaster. The two first worked together on a project for the video game company Ubisoft in 2006. Realizing that they had a special chemistry and a shared fondness for the cinematic melancholy of bands like Portishead, they started work on a full-length album. Nearly two full years went into perfecting the record, and after signing to Pheramone, their self-titled album Beast was released in early 2009. ~ Jason LymangroverPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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