Russell Louder – Another Day

Bouncy bedroom electro-pop from Charlottetown? Yes please! We’re thrilled to come across Russell Louder and their “self-produced/self-written/self-played/self-everything” Think Of Light EP. “Another Day” is a glorious introduction to the project: a DIY approach that doesn’t spare any punches, and is packed to the gills with interesting synth lines, snazzy percussion and Louder’s soaring vocals. Think of Light is available now on their Bandcamp, and we suggest listening to the whole damn thing a whole damn lot.

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Chances – Shine

Chances are a new trio from Montreal, and their first single is an otherworldly celebration. It starts with a half-clapped drum beat and harmonized words, sung like an incantation, before growing toward the chorus with layers of subtle synths. By the time they arrive, it’s glorious: a catchy capital-P Pop chorus interspersed with Ojibwe lyrics set over Indian Raga, with the final result of a successfully memorable debut.

“Shine” is available now from Bandcamp.

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Wolf Saga – Keep Dancing

London resident pure-pop genius Wolf Saga has been uncharacteristically quiet of late. We’re used to a furious pace of heartfelt, uplifting pop, either in the form of jawdropping covers or ever-more-impressive original EPs, and we had much fondness for 2015’s Waves. So we’re clutching his latest single “Keep Dancing” as if it might be the only new music we’ll get from Johnny Saga this year (but we hope not!). Crisp, minimal synths and a bouncy deep bass explode into a massive, emotionally charged chorus, and before you know it, you’re dancing along. Perhaps his best single yet!

“Keep Dancing” is available now from Wolf Saga’s Bandcamp.

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