Self-identified “queer alien DJ” AWWFUL have already established themselves as a pop music authority in the Montreal music scene through a number of highly lauded DJ nights, including the monthly Glitter Bomb at Bar Le Ritz. Their debut single “BB” only drives that point home, serving up a healthy dose of bubbly synthpop sheen that feels both future-forward yet reminiscent of our favourite early-2000s pop bangers. The track’s mid-tempo stomp leaves plenty of headroom for its armada of sparkly arpeggios to cut through, keeping things irresistibly danceable from start to finish. We’ll definitely be wearing out the replay button on this one.
Whimsical, light and fun: that’s “Adventuras” by Chiquita Magic aka Isis Giraldo in a nutshell. From the squelching synth bass and Reading Rainbow-style staccato synth embellishments the Montreal-based Columbian-Canadian creates a sense of wonder and delight in the single. Honestly, we weren’t familiar with this project until now, but consider us instant fans and definitely looking forward to anything new from the project.
Matt Nish-Lapidus has performed under a few names over the years, including emenel and mn-l, and is also a member of Toronto post-punk provocateurs Several Futures. But his latest incarnation New Tendencies is beginning to kick into high gear with the release of his first album, Missed Month, due later this summer, and we’re proud to premiere of one of the pieces from the record, “Monday 1”.
Slightly confounding, with a beat always threatening to begin but never doing so, it’s a whorl of deep bass pulses, sequenced bleeps, and strange squelches. A tense listen perhaps, but once you relax into it and forget about searching for resolution, it’s a composition that rests comfortably in the perpetual soft chaos of anticipation. And an intriguing glimpse of what’s to come on that full-length!
Missed Month is out July 7th on Forking Paths Records. And if you’re in Toronto, New Tendencies will be performing this Sunday at Handlebar with Heraclitus Akimbo and Bachelard.