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THE BURNING HELL >> “Pop Goes the World”

June 1st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on THE BURNING HELL >> “Pop Goes the World”

THE BURNING HELL >> “Pop Goes the World”

The Burning Hell  had me at “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls”. If you know nothing else about me from this blog, then you must certainly know that I’m a sucker for cover songs, especially iconic 80s pop anthems like Men Without Hats’ 1987 ear candy hit “Pop Goes the World”.  “Pop Goes the World” is […]

LUKA >> “Why Don’t You Go To Her”

May 11th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on LUKA >> “Why Don’t You Go To Her”

LUKA >> “Why Don’t You Go To Her”

You can’t help but smile when LUKA begins “Why Don’t You Go To Her” by sing/speaking, “This is a conversation between me and my heart.” The clarification is cute, and the sentiment and purity of the statement indicative of the emotional vulnerability with which the Toronto songwriter creates music.  It’s as personal as a song can get, […]

EXPWY >> “Love in Idelness”

May 4th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on EXPWY >> “Love in Idelness”

EXPWY >> “Love in Idelness”

While the musical world lost it shit yesterday, there was another subtle yet significant return happening: Expwy released a new song. “Love in Ideleness” is a collaboration–the first for Expwy–between Matt LeGroulx and vocalist Sonia Thomson (of Ambrose), whose voice, lyrics, and melody grace the softly sedated song. Thomson’s contributions add a whole new wrinkle to the […]

TRAITRS >> “Witch Trials”

April 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on TRAITRS >> “Witch Trials”

TRAITRS >> “Witch Trials”

Exploding with all the intensive ferocity of prime-era Interpol, Traitrs‘ “Witch Trials” is a testament to the enduring appeal of classic 80s goth music. Sean-Patrick Nolan and Shawn Tucker have immersed themselves in a cinematic nightmare world where devils fight with demons and witches wrestle warlocks. Any blood spilled gets funnelled directly into “Witch Trials” towering […]

VIVA NON >> “DFA”

April 20th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on VIVA NON >> “DFA”

VIVA NON >> “DFA”

The dream of the 80s is alive in Winnipeg, at least it is for producer James Hofer and his new musical project, Viva Non. Hofer started out in hardcore punk bands, but his heart’s been softened by synths and silky singing à la Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. “DFA” is his new, romantic, take on a much revered/reviled genre, aimed squarely […]

TOO ATTACHED >> “Getalife”

April 13th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on TOO ATTACHED >> “Getalife”

TOO ATTACHED >> “Getalife”

Last November’s Bronze EP marked the first time siblings Vivek and Shamik Shraya, both well-established artists in their own right, made music together under the Too Attached banner. Their years growing up together, in close proximity, sharing stories, experiences, and family informed the ease with which Vivek’s silken voice sat in the pocket of Shamik’s beats.  Releasing the EP seems to […]

JESSY LANZA >> “VV Violence”

April 6th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on JESSY LANZA >> “VV Violence”

JESSY LANZA >> “VV Violence”

I don’t ever recall Jessy Lanza sounding as pop-tastic as she does on her new single, “VV Violence”. She’s a fireball of energy spitting out lines like “I say it to your face / but it doesn’t mean a thing,” over top a clipped and staccato rhythm. Lanza sings about being over someone who disregards her […]

SILVER MATTER >> “Driving Song”

April 5th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on SILVER MATTER >> “Driving Song”

SILVER MATTER >> “Driving Song”

I picture bouffant haired beauties slow dancing with their be-suited beaus in a balloon-and-streamers festooned gymnasium to Silver Matter‘s “Driving Song”, looking longingly into each other’s eyes, wondering when they can ditch this sock hop and head up to Lover’s Leap to get down and dirty with each other. The Vancouver band’s milky guitar tones […]

LE ROI CROCODILE >> “Cosmos”

March 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on LE ROI CROCODILE >> “Cosmos”

LE ROI CROCODILE >> “Cosmos”

The key line in “Cosmos”, the latest single from elusive Vancouver producer Le Roi Crocodile says he wants to “make a song that make the girls swoon,” but even with a cursory listen to this brief, breathy track, it’s obvious the song’s effect extends far beyond the fairer sex. With each whispered lyric, Le Roi Crocodile sounds closer […]

MT. ASPEN >> “Open Skies”

March 11th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Singles | Comments Off on MT. ASPEN >> “Open Skies”

MT. ASPEN >> “Open Skies”

I propose a new slogan for Calgary, Alberta: Where Canada gets its groove on. Mt. Aspen, the soulful solo project of producer/musician/songwriter Matthew Miller, is a sensual, sentimental proposition that blends minimalist electronic textures, and slinky bass. Fellow Calgarian Bobby Uzöma adds his own unique vocal style to “Open Skies”, but the show’s all Miller’s […]


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