Category: New Release
Montreal’s Homeshake just released their latest mixtape Dynamic Meditation, and we’re very impressed with the results. The first song/section deploys sophisticated chord changes akin to Roy Ayers or Steely Dan, albeit rendered in a more downtempo groove and hazy production style. A remarkably poignant descending melody in the refrain captures not only the harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities of vintage soul-jazz, but also its emotional resonance. The following section evokes traces of the late Don Blackman filtered through Bibio’s lo-fi approach to retro funk. The Beat Konducta-esque sequencing of tracks creates a fragmented listening experience, which only adds to the music’s beautiful delirium. Each side is just under ten minutes and, as the track titles suggest, side B is in fact side A in reverse. All in all, this mixtape slays and ought to be auditioned by all. Get it here as a PWYC download.
CFCF‘s new album is finally available to stream! We’ve been enjoying this one.
A Sacred Cloud makes music ripe for seasonal change and solitary evenings of focused introspection. Ensoleillé, 1972, their latest album jointly released by Jeunesse Cosmique and Arachnidiscs Recordings, encompasses a sound world that evokes both the spacier side of Serge Bulot and Leyland Kirby’s fractured romantic leanings. Stream album highlight “Be good or be dead!” and pick up the LP here.
After the addition of a googleable extra “m” to their name, it seems like Programm are finally ready to release their carefully crafted work into the world. Prior to this EP, they only had one single to their name, the David Newfeld-produced snappy-percussion filled “Waiting“. Newfeld is no longer producing, but the percussion is still central to the greatness here, along with racing heartbeat basslines that ascend into guitar fuzz alongside downtrodden vocals. They are clearly a band dedicated to taking their time (the title track was originally released under the name Volcano Playground in May 2012), but the extra wait is worth the jump in polish.
For this incredible compilation from Healing Power Records, Stacy Sproule and Victoria Cheong asked some of Toronto’s best female musicians to contribute a track exploring the them of self-healing. The resulting fruits are dark and twisted, but ultimately delicious. Some highlights: Bile Sister vomits out impressive synthy sludge and Petra Glynt makes us need her soulful vocals and driven percussion. Though our favourite part comes at the end of the disc, with Tenderness‘ “bucked and blended” hymn. We never thought we’d be so into a song with a refrain of “Jesus!”
There is something unnaturally creepy about Ramzi‘s latest album; unsettling us in ways that we can’t describe. Of course, this is a huge positive for us, and there’s clearly a lot of talent behind these weird, pulsating beats. Ramzi is Phoebe Guillemot, who developed a love of fusing electronic beats with samples of foreign instruments, trying (and ultimately succeeding) in making the synthetic sound organic. Her output is entirely unique and her own, and we’re excited about where she’s going next.
The 12″ can be purchased here.
Our love of Cellphone is longstanding and undeniable. They do thrashy synth punk so well that we don’t understand why MORE people aren’t doing this. We wouldn’t be that sad if every band sounded like this, but mainly we just hope for more and more Cellphone in the near future.
We’ve been fans of Tess Roby for quite some time, and we’re thrilled with her new band, She Divides. We don’t know much about The Organ-esque project, but we know her talent, which is on full display here.
This dreamy debut EP from Toronto’s Hush Pup has us swooning. Doesn’t Ida Maidstone’s voice sound beautiful weaving amongst pretty keys and steady drum beats? It was co-produced by Sydney Galbraith (who was also involved in recording local favourite Most People), and the lovely result is as refreshing as a cool summer breeze. You can find it on Bandcamp for PWYC.