Doldrums – Heater

We haven’t quite had time to recover from Doldrums‘ latest single “Runnerup”, and now he’s already hitting us with “Heater”. A far more in-your-face track, it features a pummelling sequenced bass synth and clattering claps, and masterful quick cuts between sections, all-in-all the most innovative club track we’ve heard since, possibly, “Loops”. And the video’s excellent too! Directed by Jordan Minkoff, it sees the band performing on a creepy cable access show that’s straight out of your most wonderfully surreal nightmares.

Doldrums is readying his third album Esc for release June 30, with July release shows in Toronto and Montreal. All info and pre-orders are at Bandcamp.

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GAIIA – Smile

The clattering beat and ghostly synths of “Smile” make for an ominous re-introduction to Toronto/France duo Giselle Janette and Aimée Jagou, aka GAIIA. And the new single arrives with a terrific video! Directed by Katrina Singleton, it features two women preparing for a photo shoot, and things seem alright at first, but when the song turns dark, things quickly get weird. Blinding flashes attack them and their expressions go through various contortions of discomfort, pain, and frustration, but by the shoot’s end it seems as though they’ve passed through the darkness. We’re not sure where they’re headed next, but this song is ridiculously good and we can’t wait to hear what GAIIA have in store for us next time.

“Smile” is available now from Bandcamp.

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Stefana Fratila – Dancing

Last month, newly-Toronto-based experimental pop generator Stefana Fratila took our breath away with her latest single “Dancing”, so we’re only too happy for another opportunity to highlight it with the release of her stunning and ambitious new music video. Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, it’s a vivid vignette of misogyny, revenge, and victorious dancing that matches the various phases of the track to a T. As with all of Fratila’s work, we’re enthralled yet again.

“Dancing” is available now digitally and on VHS via Bandcamp, with all profits going towards Intersessions, ​a series of DJ workshops curated for and by women, gender-nonconforming & queer folks.

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