Toronto’s Math Rosen has blessed us with his first full-length album as Ada Vale, and we’re so pleased. It’s incredibly varied, ranging from slow, contemplative instrumentals to percussive and melodic subdued pop songs, with some fun playfulness in between.

This is one of those enjoyable diversions, about a problem you probably know too well: Auto Correct. (Why does my phone still refuse to learn street names?) It’s a treatise on the frustration and hilarity of modern communication—how can we make sure we know what the other person is thinking when a machine is our go-between?—with a fantastic simple bass line and an enthusiastic vocal performance.

You can hear and buy the whole album & Motion on Bandcamp.

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Drug Train, a perennial favourite of ours here has emerged from their winter slumber with an excellent Pastels cover. The song sounds massive in their own unique hazy way, with signature male/female alternating vocals, melodious synth tracks, repetitive motorik drums and a lot of washy noise. Excitingly, with this single comes an announcement that a new album is on the way soon. It will be on their long-time label beko eventually, but we certainly hope it’ soon.

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Oh my, here’s a welcome return. Toronto‘s The Precious Lo’s, who we remember from their brilliant team-up with Maylee Todd in 2013, are back with a brand new single! “Without You” is a collab with Seattle producer Tyler Smith and it’s an extremely funky, laid-back electronic jam that grooves. Best for blasting out of open windows.

The Night Ridin’ EP available now from Bandcamp as a PWYW download.

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Radiant Baby‘s candid and catchy electro-pop songs have been on our radar since we last posted about him last fall. And now, a video single has finally emerged of a Montreal dance party anthem known as “You Can Dance”, second track off his self-titled debut EP released last fall.

Spawned from the creative minds of Cameron Mitchell and Christopher Hegenberg, the video for “You Can Dance” is a psychedelic romp through geometric and pastel references to a certain early 90s aesthetic (New Jack Swing?) that we had almost forgotten. Excellent!

You can check out the rest of the EP on Bandcamp.

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To help exorcise the neverending winter out of our lives comes a bouncy new track from Montreal‘s Heartstreets. “Cruising With You” is an anthem dedicated to summer flings that comes out of a collaboration with Soulection heavyweight and fellow Montrealer producer Da-P.

To celebrate the release of their long awaited debut EP You & I on May 6th, the hip-hop-R&B duo of Emma and Gabrielle will make the trek to Toronto for an appearance at CMW on May 7th at the Mod Club. Don’t miss this Toronto!

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