Chiquita Magic – Adventuras

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.

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Premiere: New Tendencies – Monday 1

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.

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Premiere: Wake Island – Pleasure (Essaie Pas Remix)

Montreal’s Philippe Manasseh and Nadim Maghzal, aka Wake Island, have been turning heads lately with their terrific, darkly electronic new EP Sentimental Animals, which dropped back in April. It may be only three tracks long, but it’s an indispensable listen, seeing the band at their hardest-hitting, most-purely-electronic form to date. And today, we’re excited to premiere a remix of the EP’s closer “Pleasure”, produced by none other than Pierre Guerineau of Essaie Pas (who put out our #2 album of last year).

Guerineau takes the pulsing, paranoid experimentalism of the original and transmutes it into a cold-as-ice minimal synth track, featuring a simple but unrelenting drum pattern, with carefully-placed vocal shouts and ghostly synths weaving in and out of the mix. The tension is meticulously maintained, until finally, a beautifully-delayed, appropriately-massive sequenced synth arrives to take us home. A subtle, stunning creation!

Sentimental Animals is available now, PWYW from Bandcamp. If you’re in Montreal or Toronto, be sure to catch Wake Island this summer. They’re supporting !!! this Tuesday at Bar le Ritz P.D.B. in Montreal, and playing the Yalla Barra Stage at Toronto Pride on June 23, with a couple more Montreal dates at their Bandcamp.

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