Elliott Vincent Jones may have just topped himself with his latest song. “The Faces on the Floor” is unapologetically made for the most provocative of dance floors, a claim much bolstered by the vocal hook provided by Talvi Faustmann of Prince Innocence. Awash with layers upon layers of amazing synths, and a consistently bumping kick drum, this is EVJ at his most pure-pop. Naturally we love it, and have our already high expectations for his debut EP Arto Arto–out June 10 on Bad Actors–have raised considerably.
Sadly we’ve been unaware of Vancouver electronic pop artist Jeff Cancade aka Devours, who’s been putting out records since 2012, but are we ever glad we didn’t miss out on this year’s release: second full-length album Late Bloomer. Nine tracks of brilliant gothy synthpop, frequently featuring monstrous arpeggiated bass synths, it was tough to pick just one song to share. The title track is probably Cancade at his lightest and poppiest, a crisp track featuring some genius sample use and a vocoded chorus.
But you’ve got to hear the whole album, really. Late Bloomer is available now, PWYW, from Bandcamp.
It’s always so nice to hear new tunes from Montreal experimental electronic pop trio R U REAL and a couple of weeks ago they dropped a new EP, their first release since their 2014 self-titled album. It’s full of excellent jams, but our favourite is “Rebel’s Crossing”, a warm, relaxed track with simple, lush synths over an in-the-red hip-hop beat. Bonus points for referencing the project’s name!
The Throwing Fries EP is available now from Bandcamp.
Winnipeg smooth-voiced electro-pop raconteur James Hofer aka Viva Non deeply impresses on “DFA”, a standout single from his first solo album Pure. Juxtaposing both distorted and dreamy synths, the track also arrives with a sumptuous video directed by Silent Shout contributor vvinterrainbovv featuring red wine, roses, and strobes.
Pure is available now from Sundowning Records.
It’s only been just over a week since we shared the remarkable “Receiver”, the first single from Toronto duo Ice Cream‘s forthcoming first album Love, Ice Cream. That record now seems like it’ll be one of the year’s best, because “Veronica” is every bit “Receiver”‘s equal, with menacing atonal guitars and sinister drum machines taking centre stage. A very impressive and original sound.
Love, Ice Cream is out June 3 on Bad Actors.