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.
50. Kashka – Vichada
44. DKMD – Androide
37. Grapes Godly – I Can’t Remember
Kashka – Empty Sleigh (Where’s Rudolph?)
The Magic – If It Lasts Till Then
Digits – Cold White Christmas (feat. Lesley Davies) (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Cover)
UK blog The Line of Best Fit has an annual Canadian seasonal compilation it puts out called Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada. Here are some of the electronic highlights of Vol. 4, all three songs created especially for the compilation. You can head over to TLOBF to stream or download the rest.
Kashka (Kat Burns, formerly of Forest City Lovers) is coming out with a new album on July 17! Consider us very excited after hearing the debut single This Machine. Kashka is also a Silent Shout alumni, and we can’t wait to see her play live again.
This month’s Silent Shout our biggest one yet. This month we have Kidstreet, who put on the most exciting high-energy indie electro-pop show you can imagine. Expect big beats, arpeggiated synths, and soft vocals that alternate between coos and killer rhythmic syllable runs. They’ve opened for Girl Talk, Health, Thunderheist, Shout Out Out Out Out and Au Revoir Simone. Kidstreet may still be under a lot of people’s radar, but they’re going to release their first album on Nettwerk this year so that’s going to change. Just have a listen to last year’s single “X” below and you’ll get a taste of what’s in store. See them now before they blow up. Opening the night will be Kashka, which is the electronic side project of Kat Burns from Forest City Lovers. Beautiful indie pop vocals backed by synths and drum machines. It’s still only $5, we would love to see you all there!
After midnight, we the Silent Shout DJs (Digits and ARP 2600) will take over. Expect to hear:
The Cure / Liars / Joy Division / Glass Candy / Radiohead / David Bowie / Human League / Kidstreet / TV on the Radio / Young Marble Giants / Sally Shapiro / HEALTH / Woodhands / Fischerspooner / Yazoo / Future Islands / The Torrent / Tiga / Katie Stelmanis / The Smiths / Daft Punk / Bishop Morocco / Telefon Tel Aviv / Cut Copy / Iggy Pop / Cold Cave / Diamond Rings / oOoOO / LCD Soundsystem / The Knife / Junior Boys / New Order / Gary Numan / OMD / Morgan Geist / DVAS / Kraftwerk / Ladytron / The XX / Depeche Mode / Giorgio Moroder / Silly Kissers / Hercules & Love Affair / Crystal Castles / Handsome Furs / Kate Bush