Best Songs of June 2017

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Joseph Shabason – Aytche

Here’s something lovely and unexpected: Joseph Shabason, one of the members of Toronto reigning soft-pop monarchs Diana, is putting out a solo record! Aytche is coming out at the end of summer, but the title track is already with us, and it’s a stunning, meditative listen. Featuring muted trumpet over the most wondrous burbling synths, it’s a subtly fascinating composition that’s worthy of the ambient greats. Can’t wait for the whole album!

Aytche is out August 25, and is available now for pre-order from Western Vinyl.

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Joel Eel – Very Good Person

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.

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