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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Song: Allie X – Old Habits Die Hard

Allie X continues her trajectory into the upper echelon of gigantic pop with “Old Habits Die Hard,” her first single since last year’s phenomenal Collxtion LP. The California-via-Toronto artist is in fine form here, and we would easily put this head-to-head with some of the biggest in the industry. This is pop in it’s purest form, but will still just enough weirdness to keep it interesting, which if you think about it, is Allie X in a nutshell: a thinking person’s pop star.

No word what else 2016 brings for Allie, but we have high hopes indeed. In the meantime, Collxtion is out wherever you can buy music.

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MP3: Avant Kool – Efficient Composition

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Avant Kool has been making some waves in Toronto for his Depeche Mode-indebted electro goth for a little over a year now. The weirdo pop project is on full display in “Efficient Composition,” with reverbed out and distant vocals, and a slow build to an eventually massive arpeggiated bassline and a completely out there synth-solo.

Avant Kool is often releasing snippets like these on his Soundcloud, and is turning into one of Toronto’s more prolific artists. It’s worthwhile listen to the other pieces and following the project’s development. No word on an official release as of yet, but there’s at least an album’s worth of material out there.

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