Tag: Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii – In Two
OF COURSE we love this. Two amazing records from Arbutus in a month? They’re fucking KILLING it. Much has been written about Blue Hawaii over the past few months, so we won’t add to the chorus (blah blah Braids, blah blah, an actual couple). What we will say is that their debut album is amazing, and completely in keeping with what we expected from them. It’s the perfect futuristic Sunday morning hangover record.
Blue Hawaii – In Two
Adam Wilcox aka Waterfront Property (and half of Coxkarnn) takes on one of the year’s best songs, Blue Hawaii‘s “In Two”. It eliminates the clean groove of the original and it makes into atmospheric night-driving dark pop.
Blue Hawaii repped Waterfront Property in last week’s Silent Shoutout interview, you can check out the rest of their picks here.
Every so often we have one of our favourite artists come in and do a guest post talking about their favourite music of the past year. This time we’ve got AGOR, one half of Blue Hawaii, telling us about his favourites from Montreal and beyond. Blue Hawaii’s “In Two” was one of our top 25 songs of last year, and “Try to Be” is easily one of the best songs of this year so far. The entire world is anticipating their new album Untogether, which is out March 4 and is available for pre-order from Arbutus.
Blue Hawaii are performing on Friday in Toronto at a Silent Shout co-presentation with the legendary Wavelength at their annual festival. The incredible line-up also includes Doldrums, Cadence Weapon, Blonde Elvis and Thighs. Tickets are available here.
Flow Child used to play in a group called Pop Winds with Devon from Majical Cloudz. Highly recommended, uplighting electronic/vocal. A product of pure creativity, isolation, true warmth and depth. You can download it here.
And there’s Morgan Greenwood from Calgary: you must download this collected songs/works of his off the Bandcamp. Incredible, tundra/Aphex Twin inspired tracks. Ranging from ambient to driving music. He’s on tour with Baths right now.
Adam Wilcox aka Waterfront Property has been a Montreal staple for DJing and recently, a go-to keyboard guy. His solo tracks are incredible, showcasing guitar and vocals, but this guy is deeply rooted in many genres, not the least of which being hard ass techno and house. CHECK IT OUT
This girl Ramzi makes insane soundscapes, sings, plays a lot of great parties. She’s very cool — her sounds feel like they are on the brink of bubbling over, but are held together like magnetic fields.
1. Galaxius Mons – Cup My Aching Mind (Crazy Epitaph)
2. Great Marble – In the Air
3. Ken Park – He Says I’m an Island
4. Blue Hawaii – Try to Be
5. Petra Glynt – Sour Paradise
6. Jake Finne – Black Panthers
7. Negative Beach – Vacant Home (Demo)
8. Violence – Façades
9. Vierance – Beaches
10. Doldrums – Anomaly
11. Crowns – HLYLND
12. Bliss Club – Breeze Punk 2
13. Potpourri of Pearls – James and the Cold Gun (Kate Bush cover)
14. Rakam – Le Jazz Dans la Rue
15. Coxkarnn – Blud for a Sec
16. Jeremy Greenspan – Sirius Shake
Haven’t heard anything quite like this before. Incredibly beautiful. Blue Hawaii‘s Untogether is out March 4 on Arbutus. Be sure to catch them when we co-present them at the Wavelength Festival in Toronto! Feb 15 at the Great Hall.
Majical Cloudz – Turns Turns Turns (Blue Hawaii Flüchtig Mix)
A quite pretty atmospheric remix of Majical Cloudz by Arbutus labelmates Blue Hawaii.
2012 has been the strongest year in memory for Canadian electronic pop. Established artists started new electronic projects, amazing new talents appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and one of our shining stars became a superstar recognized the world over. Canada is clearly at the epicenter of the zeitgeist – it’s a testament to the unbelievable talent in this country that we have 100 songs to present to you as the best of the year, and STILL had to exclude so many excellent tracks.
Montreal and Toronto may still have the most representatives of any Canadian city, but dark electro is thriving everywhere, from Halifax to Calgary, Ottawa to Vancouver, and exciting new hotbeds appearing in London, Ontario, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. We’re not too exclusively nationalist here at Silent Shout, so border states (minus NYC) appear too, with artists from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Brattleboro, Vermont making our list.
A huge thank you to all our readers, the folks who attend our events, and the bands that make brilliant music across this land for making 2012 an unforgettable year for us. Here’s to an even bigger 2013 for Canadian electronic music.
25. Holy Family – My Kayfabe Babe