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MP3: James Irwin – Everything Passed Me By

Posted on July 29th, by elena in MP3

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This is the first song we’ve heard from Montreal’s James Irwin, and boy are we impressed! He has taken his previously folksy solo work in a pop direction after playing in a couple of electronic bands, resulting in this endearingly smaltzy single. It’s part of an upcoming album that was apparently partially written while dog-sitting, so imagine lounging to this with a German Shepherd by your side. Apparently there’s a Miracle Fortress remix on the way!

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MP3: No Step – Arctic Summer

Posted on July 29th, by digits in MP3

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Toronto producer No Step hasn’t released anything since 2010, but man-behind-the-moniker Fabio Neves is finally back with a new single. “Arctic Summer” is a wonderfully breezy, relaxed but contemplative track, with guitar strums and whispery hi-hats actually feeling like a summer’s day up in the far north: bright, brisk, and clear. But it works just as well when baking in the heat poolside. Available now from Bandcamp.

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MP3: Austra – American Science (Duran Duran cover)

Posted on July 25th, by digits in MP3

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Here’s a very inspired Duran Duran cover from Canada’s pre-eminent electronic pop group Austra. It’s from the upcoming compilation Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran out August 12th, which will be an all-proceeds-to-Amnesty affair. Now we want to hear Austra cover everything!

You can buy “American Science” from iTunes.

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MP3: Born Gold – I Want to be Naked

Posted on July 24th, by elena in MP3

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I may be the resident Born Gold enthusiast around these parts, but believe me when I say that this is big. A new single! With shouted-singalongs on key words of the chorus, purposeful silences built into the waveform, and some characteristic Born Gold grandiosity. I see the title as wanting to shed the layers of your day while sitting in your room by yourself at night, but maybe that unsexy interpretation comes from too many hours as a Silent Shout office drone.

And can you please take a moment to appreciate the artwork?? He’s either the perfect paperweight or the weirdest basement bug.

 

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MP3: Electric Youth – Runaway

Posted on July 23rd, by digits in MP3

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Electric Youth‘s grand return!!! Finally, after the crazy success of “A Real Hero” and the incredible Sally Shapiro collaboration “Starman”, Electric Youth are at long last gearing up to release their debut album Innerworld. This first single “Runaway” is a soaring, floating, electro ballad that’s still highly danceable, and definitely seems influenced by the work of Sally Shapiro and Johan Agebjorn, as of course all good music should be. Very promising! This album could be glorious indeed.

Innerworld is out September 30. You can pre-order it on vinyl, CD, and MP3 from Last Gang Records.

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Remix: Beta Frontiers x Weaves

Posted on July 22nd, by digits in Remix, Video

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Regular readers know we have a penchant for posting all things Beta Frontiers and all things Weaves. Well today, we get an idea of what an amalgam band (Beta Waves or Beta Weaves?) would sound like, as our favourite Toronto electronic producer gets to slather his magic all over Weaves’ now-classic-seeming “Motorcycle”. It’s now got his characteristic shimmery, summery bounce. Probably good cycling music! From the Weaves Remixed EP, featuring remixes by our faves J FM, Babe Rainbow, Thomas and more, out now on Buzz Records.

Weaves is performing a special one-time-only theatrical collaboration with Allison Cummings entitled “Weaves Through Time” on August 10 in Toronto, part of the Summerworks Music Series curated by Silent Shout.

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Remix: Delta Will x Kira May

Posted on July 22nd, by digits in Remix

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Kira May might still be a relative newcomer to the Toronto electronic scene, but her loop-based compositions and performances have been attracting attention from all corners, and we were not immune. So we’re ever-so-pleased to get to premiere this Delta Will remix of “Visions,” the closing track from her excellent January EP HEALTH. Delta Will take the meditative and languid original into a much more uptempo direction, chopping up Kira’s many vocal samples and turning it into a slightly-frantic, but still grooving, head-bopper of a track.

If you’re in Toronto, Kira May opens for Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors) and Black Walls this Thursday at Wavelength at the Monarch Tavern, which seems like a show well worth seeing indeed.

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