Toronto

Oh my, here’s a welcome return. Toronto‘s The Precious Lo’s, who we remember from their brilliant team-up with Maylee Todd in 2013, are back with a brand new single! “Without You” is a collab with Seattle producer Tyler Smith and it’s an extremely funky, laid-back electronic jam that grooves. Best for blasting out of open windows.

The Night Ridin’ EP available now from Bandcamp as a PWYW download.

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Doomsquad – Total Time

Oh lordy, Doomsquad. We suppose anyone could have predicted that if you sent these three off to a cabin in New Mexico, they’d write the masterpiece they’ve always seemed destined for. So to the swirling desert sands that gave life to Total Time, thank you.

“Pyramids on Mars”, probably the strongest single to date from the Toronto electronic psychedelic explorers, had already set the stage for what was obviously going to be a huge record for them. (Not to mention having one of the coolest videos we’ve seen all year.) And indeed, as excellent as first record Kalaboogie was, Total Time is on another level entirely, expanding their sound into deeper, darker, and even more dramatic places. At times getting as noisy as they ever have, at other times as danceably disco as their otherwordly instincts will permit (see “Eat the Love”), we’re utterly blown away.

Doomsquad have firmly left their imprint on the psychedelic frontiers of electronic music in Canada. Now, it’s time for the rest of the world to find out. Total Time is available now from Hand Drawn Dracula.

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Odonis Odonis continue their foray into goth/industrial infused electro and for goodness sake, can we be looking forward to their next record any more? “Nervous” isn’t as aggressive as their previous single “Needs,” preferring a more minimal approach–much of the song is an solo arpeggiated synth bass over vocals–but when the noise comes, does it ever! With these last two singles, I think we can safely say that their new record is one of the most anticipated of the year. Post Plague is out June 17, so mark your calendars.

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Too Attached, the Toronto/Vancouver sibling duo whose debut EP Bronze basically blew our minds are back again with a deeply grooving electro-hip-hop single called “Getalife”. A bonus track from Bronze, it riffs on samples from Nita Shahzad and is easily the equal of the any songs from the actual EP. So impressed!

If you’re in Toronto, Too Attached perform this Friday opening for LAL at their Find Safety release party. Don’t miss it! “Getalife” is available now, PWYW from Bandcamp.

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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.

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