We didn’t know about Vancouver experimental pop artist Savana Salloum aka Plazas until this week, and boy have we been missing out. Her debut EP Internal may have escaped us in 2015, but now that our ears have feasted upon new single “Silent Empires”, rest assured that oversight will never be repeated.

From a forthcoming EP called Empathy, “Silent Empires” is an ambitious, original production in a style that we’d like to call “wall-of-synths”. Overtop it all, we’ve got Salloum’s beautiful voice carrying a great, slightly-melancholy melody. An extremely promising new artist! We’ll be watching for that EP, out this March on NBD.

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Teen Daze is a master remixer, we don’t think anyone would dispute that, given the Vancouver psychedelic electronic artist’s track record. But of course we love his original work too – A World Away was one of our favourite EPs of last year.

Last week, he put out this beautiful, dreamy remix of Japanese Wallpaper’s “Forces”, putting a subtle electronic synthy sheen on the already-excellent original, our favourite element being the manipulations of guest vocalist Airling in the chorus. Stunning as usual, Mr. Daze!

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Vancouver‘s Booker T. on Acid create outrĂ© pop music entrenched in kaleidoscopic psychedelia. On the endlessly catchy “I Need to Fall in Love”, Organ-ic samples collude with Hammond and ’60s garage-n-b grooves for a tale of unrequited devotion. The accompanying video, directed by jjj, is a suitably deep dreaming lo-fi and lysergic visual affair.

This will certainly pacify while we await more great things from the Vancouver trio.

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We’ve always enjoyed the music of Vancouver indie pop band You Say Party, but have just been blown by away the singles from their forthcoming self-titled album, and their first record in six years. Their sound has gotten noticeably darker and more electronic, and the results are awesome. “Ignorance” was a fantastic re-introduction to the group, a slow-burning electro-pop hit-in-the-making.

Today we’re stoked to share the album’s second single, “Underside.” It’s a dreamy epic synthpop ballad (of sorts), featuring airy synths and melancholy reverbed vocals. It starts quiet and minimal, but quickly becomes continually propelled forward by a relentless beat. Just as excellent as the last single!

You Say Party is out February 12, and it’s available for pre-order now from Paper Bag Records.

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We’re new to the music of cutting-edge Vancouver dark pop duo Mu, but clearly we’ve been missing out. New single “Vampire” is a slow but danceable track full of expertly chosen synth sounds and subtle, restrained drum programming. But it’s the lovely and powerful vocals that grab our attention above all. Francesca Belcourt and Brittney Rand have some seriously excellent pop instincts, and we’ll be eagerly watching for their second EP II, coming out February 12 on Boompa Records.

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