Never before have we met a song so appropriately named. The ending of Stefana Fratila‘s new song is given away before you even press play: it’s going to be time to dance. Of course, she’s retained everything that made us fall for her back in 2015: breathy layers of vocals; varied production that keeps your ears guessing; an experimental approach to pop. Plus big, rhythmic beats. The previously-Vancouver-based artist obviously packed her drum machine when she moved to Toronto.
You can even order a physical copy (on VHS!), with an accompanying video, with proceeds going to Intersessions, a series of workshops for female, non-binary and queer folk who want to learn to DJ.
And just like that, Toronto underground electronic pop producer Michael Butler aka Beta Frontiers is back with possibly the most monstrous jam of his career. Another inspired collaboration with guest vocalist Carmen Elle of Diana (who also sang on BF’s now-classic “So Cold”), “If I Stayed” is an unabashed in-your-face pop song that’s worthy of all of the world’s airwaves.
“If I Stayed” has us hotly anticipating his Heights EP, out May 5 on Buzz Records. Available now for pre-order.
By now we’ve come to understand that every Bobby Uzoma release will be a breathtaking, emotional ambient electro-R&B ballad that will stop us stone-cold in our tracks, gasping for air. The Calgary songwriter/producer possess an uncanny ability to arrest one’s soul with his vocal performances and lyrical rawness, while the production sounds so forward-thinking it’s like we’re receiving a radio signal from the not-too-distant minimalist R&B future. Unbelievable stuff. Bobby, keep ’em coming!