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Biography

After courting a cult following with her underground EPs Drug Music, On My Way to the Listening Party, and subsequent singles, the ever-mysterious Magi Merlin (MADGE-eye) is stepping into her moment with Gone Girl, her latest and most audacious effort to date. Produced by longtime collaborator and beatsmith Funkywhat, Gone Girl draws on influences from 90’s house, drum and bass, Motown, to acid-flecked hip hop. Merlin’s voice reminds you of a smoky after hours club — if the windows were shattered by bass lines, the walls leveled by 808s. The self-described “cheeky nihilist” combines jazzy scats, raps, and breakbeats together in her musical cauldron to address issues like generational angst, fake friends, the casual racism of white suburbia, and the happy thrills of hedonism.

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Awards & Recognition
  • Winner in the category Rap/ Hip Hop EP of the year for Gone Girl at the GAMIQ (2022).
  • Nominated in the category Breakthrough artist of the year at the GAMIQ (2022).
Press Quotes

Still, despite its danceable qualities, Gone Girl exudes the rage and exasperation that many Black women feel in today’s climate. With this EP, Merlin perfectly marries the complexity of her experiences to the groove of the beat.

Bandcamp

It's soulful, funky, irreverent and gritty.

Kelsey Adams, CBC

Merlin made it clear that she is here to stay.

Exclaim!

Redoutablement efficace.

Philippe Renaud, Le Devoir

Cette jeune artiste fait tant de progrès, en si peu de temps, qu’il est permis de croire à une éclosion internationale dans un avenir proche.

Alain Brunet, PAN M 360

Honest, brazen, and laced with wit.

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