A little aggressive, all kinds of dark and a harbinger of syncopated dance moves: Joel Eel is everything we live for. The Toronto-based producer spins and slides across an apartment building with a glorious spiral staircase in this video for “Very Good Person,” the title track from his debut album. (The song also goes by “아주 좋은 사람,” the Korean version of the words, incanted as one half of a loop over a pulsing hook and deeply satisfying production.)
You can take a whirl through the whole album over on Bandcamp, and you should. Hopefully you have your own staircase to dance around.
We’ve utterly fallen for this new sound from Montreal‘s Forever, the solo project of June Moon and originator of last year’s smooth, pastel-flavoured, fantastic self-titled EP. Keep the soulful, beautiful vocals; push up the tempo; add some bass bounce; turn the heat up and let it simmer: the result is this daydream of a single. It’s produced by fellow Montrealer Ouri, and it’s been putting some spring in our step all day.
Great news: she has another EP on the way!
While Toronto‘s Castle If usually fires up her analog synths to launch the listener into far-off galaxies, this beautifully realized collection of songs turns earthward to capture the essence of a family of house plants. It’s a cross between the pop- and drone-focused sides of her output, a series of seven melodic instrumental experiments, many named for the Latin moniker of the plant that inspired it.
Plants aren’t something we often ascribe personalities to (remember how hard it was to play a flower or a tree in your kindergarten play?), but each one here is its own individual, expressed through deep vibratos, purring middle tones or dancing upper voices. It’s easy to imagine something green growing, waving and dancing to each composition. We recommend forgoing headphones for this one–your plants just might like it, too.
Plant Material is available on Bandcamp.