Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Sam Tudor – Vaccines

No Comments 24 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Sam Tudor is from Big Lake, BC. I have spent my whole life in BC and I thought I knew the name of every town, from Atlin to Zeballos. But Big Lake? I had to look that one up. Anyway, Tudor is now transplanted to Vancouver, but he often sings about being between two world. This is “Vaccines”, which shows off the singer-songwriter’s pleasant vocal style. There is a nice, subtle touch of brass as well. The track is from “The Modern New Year”, his latest album.

Canadian, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] Swamp Thing- Outer Limits

No Comments 23 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
Toronto hip-hop crew Swamp Thing consists of emcees Timbuktu (Toolshed, Teenburger, Backburner) and Chokeules (Toolshed, Backburner) and emcee/producer Savilion (Creature Box, Backburner). Their recent album Outer Limits has a late-night vibe, for that late night drive.

Acoustic, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen] Kashka- Bones

No Comments 23 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
Let Kashka’s acoustic Bones EP guide you gently into your dreams.

Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop, Soul

[Listen] Orthicon – Stranger One

No Comments 23 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Calgary electronic/soul artist Orthicon’s EP ‘Boundary’ includes the track “Stranger One” which pretty well encapsulates his sound. The striking cover photo is by the artist himself.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Economics – Talk to Me in Thunder and Lightning

No Comments 23 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Electronic artist Economics (aka Dean Summach) is joined by Colin Skrapek (vocals), Aaron Karpinka (guitar) and Malcolm Whyte (bass) for the song “Talk to Me in Thunder and Lightning”. The track is from the album ‘The Wastes’, a collection of post-rock, instrumentals, indie rock and electropop.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Stella Ella Ola – Peter Sellers

No Comments 23 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Stella Ella Ola, which includes members of Hollerado, gives us a poppy and giddy reminder of what summer was like. That’s not fair, guys.

Canadian, R&B/Hiphop, Watch

[Watch] Lord Diamonds (ft. Moka Only, Michael Rushden, DJ Weezl) – Change of the Guard

No Comments 23 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

“Change of the Guard” by Lord Diamonds features Canadian hip-hop veteran Moka Only, as well as frequent Lord Diamonds collaborator Michael Rushden and former Cadence Weapon turntablist DJ Weezl. The video has an Egyptian theme and a brief voice-over by Vincent Price (I’m sold right there).

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Name with no sound – Oxbow

No Comments 22 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Name With No Sound is a collaboration between Mark Favro (keyboards) and Warren Pratten (guitar). They call the result ambient electronic but I tend not to use the term ‘ambient’ when there is a discernible beat, which there definitely is here.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] The Pistolwhips – Mess Around

No Comments 22 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Saskatoon’s The Pistolwhips slaps us silly with some great indie folk. “Mess Around” features some gorgeous guitar and vocals that are a dead-ringer for Kings of Leon.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Fur Trade – Same Temptation

No Comments 22 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

An interesting case of incongruity. The video to “Same Temptation” plays out like a mini Tim Burton movie, showing the life of the young fellow known as Bat Boy. The music, however, is Fur Trade’s take on yacht rock. The band features members of The Mounties and The Gay Nineties and they display a true affection for soft rock but serve it up the with an edge of disillusionment and contemporary urban grime.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Pop, Watch

[Watch] The Bandicoots – Just After Dark

No Comments 21 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Hamilton’s The Bandicoots drop their debut single “Just After Dark”, a bouncy, stutter-beat indie rock number. The accompanying video with its homemade shadow puppet show is equally fun.

Canadian, Electronic, Industrial, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Egyptrixx – Transfer of Energy

No Comments 21 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A decidedly unsettling chunk of industrial techno from Egyptrixx. We’re guessing it’s the sound of things to come as the Toronto producer prepares to release a new album in 2015.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen/Download] LYON- Cut Me Loose

No Comments 21 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
After dropping some dreamy tracks last year in the form of her Indian Summer EP, LYON has returned with a new single called “Cut Me Loose”. Great vibes to start your weekend.

Canadian, Electronic, House, Watch

[Watch] Dead Air – May Day

No Comments 21 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

EDM artists Dead Air provide a visual inspired by early video games. No, we are not out of season with “May Day”. The title refers to May Day as a term for SOS, not that day in Spring when socialists have fun dancing around a striped pole. Hmm, maybe I have that mixed up??

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Tobias Jesso Jr. – Hollywood

No Comments 20 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Piano-playing singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. has been catching attention from L.A. to London and he hasn’t even recorded an album. After all the buzz we finally get his first single, “Hollywood”, a sparse confessional about the Vancouver artist’s trials and tribulations in Los Angeles. Despite the song’s bleakness it’s captivating.

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