Last time we saw Math Rosen live, he did an improvised set with a reel-to-reel tape looper. It was a fascinating process to watch, and now we’re thrilled to see that he has integrated that into his remix work. We have a deep love of all things Cabaal here, and seeing his stuff redone like this works wonders on our aural palate.
Cool Dirty Beaches video!
Montreal’s Drug Train first came across our radar with the release of a (sadly now unavailable) Electric Voice split album. It has been quite some time since we heard anything from them, but clearly they were biding the time to release their excellent debut album. Now, after being picked up by esteemed French netlabel Beko (home of faves Chevalier Avant Garde), Drug Train have astounded us with a brand of lo-fi, drone-infused electro-pop. Each song on the self-titled album has a unique and distinct character; the Suicide thrash of opener “Bipolar,” or the subtly danceable breeze of “No One Cares.” The one through-line is the saxophone, and the way Drug Train showcases that wonderful instrument places it squarely with such luminaries as Colin Stetson or Bowie’s Berlin Era with its beautiful bleat. This will turn any nonbeliever into a devout follower, absolutely.
Dresden Dresses – C.L.V. (Life Is Life)
We can’t decide which Antoine we like better. Shirtless tattooed? Manicured crazy? Y’know, the Chicago Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, so in solidarity to Nate Robinson, we’re going to have to go with Dennis Rodman jersey-clad Antoine. Clearly, the release of this video was timed perfectly with that heartbreaking defeat.
Bliss Club – preda
Slow jams are definitely a thing right now. We love a good slow jam. Good for atmosphere and makeouts, and atmospheric makeouts. Sometimes though, you just want to make out on the dance floor of some random afterparty.
Vancouvers’s Bliss Club have made two of our favourite slow jams so far this year, but now they have released a self-described “dance mix 95″ track, we don’t know WHAT to expect from them. We like that feeling, and Preda is another notch in a belt of pure amazing. We can’t wait to go make out on the dance floor.
This single is exactly as exciting as we anticipated. Ell V Gore has been playing Toronto for quite some time, with his mic sucking brand of thrashy goth punk. A super exciting side-bar to this is that they will be releasing their debut EP on Bad Actors, a new imprint from Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Yacht Club) on June 4th.
Denmother – You Will Never
We’ve always been impressed by Denmother and everything she’s done so far. With the release of her latest song, we’ve gone from loving her, to willing to follow her to the ends of the earth and back. This is some next level shit, and we can’t wait for the release of her tape on I had an Accident Records later this year.
LADYFRND – Un Petit Message
Hybridity Music just announced that the debut album from Vancouver’s Ladyfrnd will drop on July 15! The Humans side-project has certainly impressed us so far, including this song: a sneak-peek single of wonderful proportions.
Will the project go all Purity Ring and surpass the popularity of the band that they are originally from? Only time will tell!
EDIT: We incorrectly said that the album was coming up June 15th. It is actually out July 15th. We regret the error, and have edited the post accordingly.