Marie Davidson has always been impossibly cool, but her latest single “Naive to the Bone” is even more impossible than usual. A dark, cold-as-ice sequenced synth over spare, hard-hitting drums features Davidson’s characteristically detached voice making observations and cutting commentary above the beat. Marie already is one of 2016’s unquestioned breakout stars with her duo Essaie Pas‘s masterful first album – but now she’s got a whole solo record to sink your teeth into as well. Adieux Au Dancefloor is available now from Cititrax.
Le Couleur, everyone’s favourite French disco band is back with a popping new single. With intricate percussion, a lead synth line to die for, and the almost-whispered signature vocals we have come to know over the past few years. Speaking of popping, this is the first single from their next record P.O.P due out October 28 on Lisbon Lux Records. If the rest of it is anywhere near as good as this song (or their 2013 album Dolce Désir for that matter), then we’re in for something really special.
Have you ever wanted to live like a dog for a day? Be excited about everything, run around, be free? Dreamy Toronto outfit Hush Pup channels that experience in this new video featuring its own pup: a black pug that relaxes and prances through a forest filtered through soft light, looking equal parts happy and wise. It’s all soundtracked by last year’s beautiful “Hisyo’s Jungle,” a gem that we can’t revisit enough.
Michele Nox‘s music has always been an overwhelmingly beautiful affair. Celestial reverb trails, stunning original production, and of course, her jaw-dropping, ever-soaring voice. Monolith marks her full arrival as Canada’s preeminent ambient pop songwriter, a breathtaking new album that was composed, produced, sung, and performed by Michele herself, save some key guitar/bass contributions from Scott Hardware (whose latest record Mutate Repeat Infinity is also unquestionably one of the year’s very best). Highlight “Heaven” is merely the tip of this 10,000 ton iceberg of a record, which also includes brilliantly tempestuous lead single “Poison”. But the whole album is definitely a must-listen – entire worlds await within.
Monolith is available now from Bandcamp.
Toronto’s loss is Europe’s gain since our venerated Princess Century moved to Belgium almost a year ago. And based on the minimal-wave infused, secret-hideaway-dance-party vibes of her newest song “Safe Word,” it seems the move is getting some creative juices flowing.
In collaboration with Melatonini, a fellow Brusselèèr, the song harkens most to her work with Austra than her most recent solo work. Naturally, it’s amazing. No word on anything else new coming from Princess Century, but this song is featured on My Precious! – A Waves Radio Show Compilation by Red Maze Records, which is available November 7 in its entirety.