1. West Nile – LOTTA PPL
2. Rolemodel – Teen Idol
3. Ladyfrnd – Geist
4. Stefana Fratila – Heartland
5. LA Timpa – UU UU Animal
6. U.S. Girls – Woman’s Work
7. VIRE – Swing Shift (Nash the Slash cover)
8. RAMZI – Princess of Cups
9. L’esprit – Nature
10. Ben Gunning – Massive Love
11. Dream Safari – Hotline
12. Camp David – Nova Heart (Spoons cover)
13. Sean Paul – Always Be True
14. Bataille Solaire – Hom dans la Ville
15. Gavin Noir – Someone Like You
The last we heard from Teen Daze, he had released a pared-down ambient record on his bandcamp. But it seems that a lot has happened since then, as his next album Morning World is due out on the illustrious Paper Bag Records. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise to those following along since he always seemed well connected, composing remixes for the likes of Young Galaxy, You Say Party!, Jay Arner and many others.
The sounds on the latest single is unlike anything we’ve heard from the prolific Vancouverite. “Along” is a densely layered prog-pop masterstroke and certainly an interesting direction. I mean, the comparisons to Pink Floyd not withstanding, we love it when a band takes a chance like this, and expected nothing less from Teen Daze. As an added bonus, they’ve released the original demo as a b-side for the single, so you can hear it in its nascent stage too.
Morning World is out August 7 on Paper Bag.
Halifax’s Grace Stratton might best be known as one of the members of Willie Stratton and the Boarding Party, but she also makes incredible experimental pop as a self-produced solo artist under the royal moniker Electric Princess. Today, we’re treated to the first single off her debut EP, and “Future is Now” is a mixture of guitar drum machines, and reverby swooshes that is very much our thing. Looking forward to hearing the EP! It’ll be relesed on cassette in August by the good people at the Cerealbowl Collective.
Back in March, we were introduced to the wonderfully lush underground pop stylings of Philadelphia’s Dream Safari (aka Chris Coulton) with the release of uber-catchy single “Starzone”. Today, we’re pleased to get to premiere his latest jam, the sax-heavy “Hotline,” a bouncy and tightly arranged pop tune that fits in very well with his self-described “jungle disco” aesthetic. Reminding a bit of Miracle Fortress, Jens Lekman, the Russian Futurists and others on the uptempo bedroom pop tip, Dream Safari offers a fully realized vision as accomplished as these veterans of the scene. We predict big things!
We’ll be eagerly awaiting the next pop nugget from this Philadelphia phenom, and hopefully a full-length album won’t be too far behind. For now, check the oeuvre (you’ll like it so far) on Soundcloud.
After a bursting onto the scene and earning the sixth spot on our Top Songs of 2014, Gavin Noir’s singular synthpop has returned in the form of the Lovelife EP. The London, Ontario based “enigmatic producer” offers us a return to 80s synthpop pastiche, drenched in pastel tones, innocuous tape hiss and dissonant vocals. Standout track “Someone Like You” is a slow dance ballad that has all the right elements to become a smooth disco-ball anthem in the world of – let’s say – Netflix’s upcoming Wet Hot American Summer TV series?
We’ve been waiting for an official release from Gavin for a long while, and are super excited to finally have something. The Lovelife EP is out now on his Bandcamp and is available digitally for the price of $3.