Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] The Weeknd- King of the Fall

No Comments 22 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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The Weeknd dropped a new track called “King of the Fall”. Not sure why Sky Ferreira is on the cover though. Perhaps it is her Abel Tesfaye is singing about.

Concert Reviews, Music

Grimes, Flume, Action Bronson, St. Lucia, Smith Westerns, Majical Cloudz, Haerts, Lowell, Ice Cream and more @ TIME Fest 7/19/2014

No Comments 21 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Grimes @ TIME Festival 7/19/2014
On Saturday Embrace’s TIME Fest took place after a three year hiatus. Mother Nature  gave no favours as it rained the entire time. Due to miscommunication of some sort, the umbrellas of early patrons were confiscated at the door. This led to a lot of wet fans who were angry when they saw others enter with them. Water bottles weren’t allowed in either. None of these instructions were previously indicated anywhere.  Continue Reading

Canadian, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop, Rap

[Listen] Shad & DJ T.LO- Always Winnin

No Comments 21 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Shad & DJ T.Lo will be dropping an EP this fall. Check out “All This Winnin” which features Shad’s oh-so relatable lyrics and some smooth sax licks with classic hip hop beat.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Arkells- 11:11

No Comments 21 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

Ever met a girl(/boy) at the show? This song might be for you. It’s from Arkells’ upcoming August 3rd album High Noon.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] The New Pornographers- War On The East Coast

No Comments 20 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

The New Pornographers debut “War on the East Coast” with a music video. Their album Brill Bruisers will be out August 25th.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Music

[Album Review] Five Alarm Funk- Abandon Earth

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: June 7th, 2014
Label: Independent

The last thing that occurs to you when first listening to ‘Abandon Earth‘ is that there is any coherent theme to this barely bridled mayhem. The album is an exhilarating but frightening rollercoaster ride through funk, heavy metal, gypsy, punk, prog rock, afro-beat and many other musical styles just too numerous to list. This is such high octane insanity that you’d never believe there was actually a method to the madness. But there is — this is actually a concept album, which relates the sci fi tale of a demented ice cream vendor who laces his wares with drugs and then takes his victims on a psychedelic trip to the centre of the earth. Whoa, hang on, that sounds … nuts. Maybe we should just say that there is madness to their madness.

Five Alarm Funk have been around for ten years now, and in that time they have evolved from a more traditional-sounding funk band into something heavier, darker and weird, something that is all their own. They make full use of everything at their disposal – drums, guitars, brass, sax and percussion —  to gleefully whip their listeners into a frenzy. It is still a carnival, but where it was once a romp in the fun-house it is now a riot at the freak show.

The album opens to the chiming of an ice cream truck, which gives you a bit of a shiver because you know that it’s ominous, like the singing of a nursery rhyme at the beginning of a horror movie. Then there is a brief bit of vaguely Balkan-sounding guitar work before the flood-gates open and the band hits you with all that they’ve got — and this is a 9-piece band, so that’s quite a bit. When lead singer (and drummer), Tayo Branston, delivers the narrative he does so with a menacing growl that one normally associates with death metal, putting you on notice that this is no walk in the park. This is a dizzying, high-energy thrill ride, but it has a sinister edge.

Once the band unleashes their sonic barrage on “We All Scream” they never let up. ‘Abandon Earth‘ is impressively creative with its unique concoction of sounds, but it’s relentless and it’s intense. So intense, in fact, that when the band plays this material live they make sure to intersperse it with some of their older, less demanding songs.

However, for all of that, Five Alarm Funk’s music remains rhythmic, bouncy and infectious. The story they tell on this record may involve catastrophe, fear and destruction, but at the end of the day it is still a party.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Absolutely Free- Beneath the Air

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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We’re finally going to get an Absolutely Free LP on October 14th. The self-titled debut is produced by Fucked Up’s Mike Haliechuk. Check out their light and dreamy new tune “Beneath the Air” below.

Charts, Music

WEEKLY TOP 10- July 11th-18th, 2014

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Position Last Song Link
1 - Sloan- Keep Swinging (Downtown) post
2 - post
3 1 Deep Sea Gypsies- Peatt Road post
4 - post
5 - post
6 - Trust- Capitol (Black Marble Remix) post
7 - post
8 - post
9 - post
10 - post

 

Canadian, Electronic, Music, Watch

[Watch] space_camp – Chrome Chopper

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

space_camp – “Chrome Chopper” from MCPHERSO on Vimeo.

Toronto beatmakers space_camp’s video for “Chrome Chopper” sure does feature a lot of triangles (4,186 to be exact). Let yourself get hypnotized by both the music and the video now!

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Cold Specks- Bodies At Bay

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Cold Specks has unleashed another new tune from her August 26th album Neuroplasticity. Here’s the powerful “Bodies At Bay”. The songstress also has some tour dates which you can check out after the jump.

Tour Dates Continue Reading

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Watch

[Watch] Lunice- Can’t Wait To

No Comments 16 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

After spending some time working with Hudson Mohawke under the TNGHT moniker, Montreal’s Lunice “Can’t Wait To” show off some solo material.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, World Music

[Listen] Elephant Stone- Child of Nature- (Om Namah Shivaya)

No Comments 16 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Elephant Stone integrate Buddhism in their latest track “Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)” from their upcoming album Three Poisons. There’s a sort of holy feel to the whole song, like it’s speaking to a higher power.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] River Tiber- Prophets

No Comments 16 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

To compliment their sprawling tune “Prophets”, River Tiber filmed a rather chillout video featuring their name on neon signs, jelly fish and empty parking lots. Glitchier things are added as the song gets more intense. We end up with a slow motion sparkler of sorts.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Watch

[Watch] Ark Analog- Was That It?

No Comments 16 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

Ark Analog’s addictive “Was That It?” now has a colourful video. Man, Maylee can pull off any hairstyle she wants.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Calvin Love- Cool/Wildblue

No Comments 16 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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What are you doing up past midnight? Perhaps looking for some chill-out electronic tunes? Here’s some Calvin Love for you. If you dig the vinyl is only $7 over here.

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