Gabe Knox‘s solo work might be new to our ears but his synth contributions to Toronto minimal synth stalwarts Coarse Language are well-beloved by us, and so it’s no surprise we’re deeply into Knox’s second solo EP B, released a few weeks ago. One highlight among many on this collection of gloriously minimal instrumental synth-pop tracks is “Esperanto”, a blippy sequenced treat that sounds like a crystal-clear interstellar transmission from the past, a manufactured lost treasure. This one’s for the synth heads! (That’s all of us, right?)
B is available now, PWYW from Bandcamp.
Clairmont the Second has been one of our favourite hip-hop prodigies for some time now, but he’s been hitting brand new heights lately and “44 Me”, a highlight from last year’s Quest for Milk and Honey, just might be his best yet. An ominous, darkly electronic hip-hop anthem, featuring ghostly piano, clattering hi-hats, and an extremely memorable hook, it gets its turn in the spotlight with a stunning new video. Directed in black-and-white by Clairmont himself, it follows the rapper through Toronto streets and is full of expertly chosen camera angles and disorienting perspective shifts.
Clairmont’s magisterial Quest for Milk and Honey is available now, PWYW from Bandcamp.
We’re not sure what dimension Toronto electronic pop newcomer Leucrocuta has fallen into (or emerged from), but her debut EP When All the Animals are Dead is a fascinating artifact from that distant, dark, and strange place. The title track is merely one highlight of many, featuring wonderfully soupy production, scattered percussive blips, and one gloriously psychedelic hook. All in all, a very promising first missive from an alternate pop universe.
When All the Animals are Dead is available now from Bandcamp.