It's hard to pin down exactly what Boomkat's sound is. And that's not a bad thing, either. On its debut album, boomkatalog.

It's hard to pin down exactly what Boomkat's sound is. And that's not a bad thing, either. On its debut album, boomkatalog.one, the brother-sister duo (Kellin and Taryn Manning) deftly combines pop, hip-hop, and dance elements. Primary vocalist Taryn (who is also an actress and has appeared in 8 Mile and crazy/beautiful) has a voice that reminds one of a Nelly Furtado/ Macy Gray/Melanie C. hybrid—which, on the surface, sounds like it shouldn't work, but it does, exceedingly well. Whether she's rapping (on "Crazylove," she channels the style of the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) or passionately wailing (the epic album-closing "Left Side/ Right Side"), her voice is perfectly suited to the material and the music. Adventurous music fans should flock to Boomkat, especially those that thirst for an alternative to the pop norm (see story, page 10).—KC

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