Maylee Todd – Homegurl

Goddamn, Maylee Todd is just not quitting with the cool videos this year. Back in April there was the vivid and beautiful Cuba-shot video for “Poetry of Intution” and now we’re treated to another: Jared Sales’s supremely psychedelic vid for “Homegurl”. No idea how this sumptuous and otherwordly visual universe was created, but it’s magnificent and oh so colourful. The track itself is a lovely, meandering psychedelic electronic soul tune that just floats along. Beautiful summer vibes!

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Ice Cream – Love, Ice Cream

We’ve long been impressed by the consistently cool and original tunes penned by Toronto experimental electronic pop duo Ice Cream. They’d really taken things to another level this year with the menacing, atonal “Veronica” and the hypnotic no wave of “Receiver”. They’ve paired all the new jams with old now-classic favourites such as “Science” on their debut album Love, Ice Cream and the result is one of the most envelope-pushing, yet catchy, post-punk albums in recent memory.

Somehow within the noisy and often cacophonous arrangements, Carlyn Bezic and Amanda Crist always manage to find a way to include some confoundingly catchy melodies, whether on vocals or on synths. Every song explores a different dimension of their sound, and it’s endlessly interesting. One of the finest albums of the year, and worthy of the classics!

Love, Ice Cream is available now from Bad Actors.

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We’re huge fans of Peterborough’s Kelly McMichael, who began a new solo pop project last year as Renders. If you might recall, her smash “I Am Gone” was one of our favourite songs of 2015, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting new news from the project. This week, she announced the release of her debut EP and dropped a new single, “Running Through the Night”. It’s a hard-hitting dark dance track with some heavy synthwork that is simply impossible not to move to. In an interview with Chart Attack, McMichael discusses the song’s lyrics, a feminist call-to-arms against slut-shaming, rape culture, and victim-blaming. Genius electronic pop with a powerful, important message.

The Renders EP is available for pre-order now from Bandcamp. It’s out July 8, and we of course can’t wait.

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Premiere: Le Roi Crocodile – Night

Prolific Vancouver bedroom electronic pop artist Le Roi Crocodile keeps the semi-somnambulent hits coming in 2016 with “Night”, a dark, melancholy soft-pop single which we’re stoked to be premiering here today. Featuring his characteristic auto-tune, and his knack for simple, subtle arrangements, this time Le Roi kicks things up a notch by adding some background arpeggiated synths that really propel the tune forward in the effortlessly catchy chorus.

“Night” is the first single from a new album, which we absolutely can’t wait to hear. In the meantime, check out Le Roi Crocodile’s back catalogue on Soundcloud.

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Loveland – Aloe Hotel

Robert Loveless’s bizarro singer-songwriter career has been a wonder to watch unfold, and the latest chapter in the Halifax musician’s story marks a big change. The Loveland Band first made their introduction in last year’s wonderful Can’t Bobby Love? LP, and now with the release of Aloe Hotel, the project has become a full-blown five-piece simply called Loveland.

We’ve been gushing about the singles from Aloe Hotel for some time, including the title track, and the mellotron magnificence of “Arrow”. So it comes as no surprise that the record as a whole delivers on all that promise and then some. The most electronic Loveland release to date, Aloe Hotel plays around with drum machines, synths, and disco influences, all the while retaining a psychedelic, strange-pop core. A worthy successor to masterpieces Domino and Can’t Bobby Love?.

As our spooky, whimsical, indie pop poet par excellence, Robert Loveless deserves to be known nationwide as one of our most enjoyable idiosyncratic songwriters. For now, Loveland remain underground, a brilliant hidden gem to be discovered by those who know how to dig. Aloe Hotel is available now, PWYW, from Bandcamp.

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