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Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Day Wilson follows up last year’s ‘Stone Woman’ EP with her gorgeous new single ‘Mountains’. With additional production from D Mile & Teo Halm as well as background vocals from the likes of fellow COLORS alum Daniel Caesar, ‘Mountains’ opens with serene water sounds before CDW’s lush tones enter the foray.
Consider yourself introduced to Oscar Louis, the musical project of Canadian singer/songwriter Oren Lefkowitz who’s shared his delightful new single ‘Find A Way’. An exquisite mix of hip-hop and rap with soulful infections, the single embodies a dreamy atmosphere with its gentle instrumentation as Lefkowitz shifts between various cadences as he explores themes of alienation and paranoia.
Canadian-Honduran singer/songwriter Daniela Andrade shares ‘Wet Dreams’ the glorious new single lifted from her latest EP ‘TAMALE’. Serving as the follow up to previously released ‘Polly Pocket’, ‘Wet Dreams’ is another sparkling cut that boasts Andrade’s enchanting, harmonised vocals over a delicately mellow, yet beautiful beat.
D.C. born, Montreal based singer, songwriter and producer LIA shares the hauntingly beautiful new single ‘To The Woods’ taken from her forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Vasilia’. Co-produced by Lust, the stunning track captures a moody yet evocative atmosphere that mirrors the eerie yet heartwarming atmosphere of the woods. Pair that with LIA’s elegant musings and poetic songwriting, and you’re totally transported to a world laden with towering trees and delicate foliage.
Toronto based model/singer/rapper Ebhoni’s latest single ‘Cook Food’ packs quite the punch. Produced by DJ Florentino, the track boasts a slick trap-inspired beat, which serves as the perfect backdrop for Ebhoni to lay down her super smooth vocals. What makes this track hit that extra bit harder though, is Ebhoni’s songwriting – the lyrics cutting through sharper than ever with lines like “You say you love me like ‘Cook Food’ / but only when he in a good mood”.
Consider yourself introduced to Chiiild, a band from Montreal who step into the limelight with debut single ‘Count Me Out’. With production credits that include working on Grammy award winning albums with Skrillex and Diplo to writing and producing with Lady Gaga and Usher and inspired by the likes of Tame Impala and D’Angelo, Chiild’s debut captures a blend of sounds from pop, R&B and soul to jazz. The single boasts a splendid soundscape that boasts gritty guitars and sharp drums with bursts of brass as those soothing tones are smothered on top.
Consider yourself introduced to Moël, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer from Toronto whose debut single ‘Votk’ will take your breath away. Produced by Alex Ernewein, ‘Votk’ is a multi-layered, soulful cut that evokes a sense of nostalgia as it incorporates sublime guitars with subtle electronics to carve the perfect path for Moël’s lush vocals to weave through with ease. This is undoubtedly one of the strongest debuts you’ll hear all year.
Created “entirely in a floating hotel on the edge of Tofino, BC”, ‘Traces’, the stunning new EP from Canadian artist and producer Kogane is absolute bliss. The four-track project opens with the intricate melodies and utterly captivating soundscapes of ‘Bicycles’ and ‘Alberta’, both instrumental tracks that set the scene wonderfully for the EP’s stunning atmospherics. The EP closes with ‘Max’ and title-track ‘Traces’, both of which introduces Kogane’s soothing tones into the foray, adding another layer of warmth and comfort.
Somalia born, Toronto based singer/songwriter Amaal’s voice is quite frankly heavenly. Sharing her songs on social media catapulted her reach before landing her a deal with Universal Music Canada through whom she released her stunning official debut single ‘Not What I Thought’ earlier this year. On latest single ‘Later’, which is taken from her newly released ‘Black Dove’ EP, Amaal enchants with her super smooth vocals and poetic lyricism.
The gorgeous ballad is also accompanied by an equally stunning and insightful visual directed by Kat Webber. Dedicated to F.E.A.T, “a bus program that brings families across the province to visit loved ones in the criminal justice system”, the video depicts Amaal’s own experiences with the program, highlighting a wonderful initiative.
Toronto based R&B duo dvsn (comprised of producer Nineteen85 and singer Daniel Daley) mark their long awaited return with two new singles, ‘Miss Me?‘ and ‘In Between’. Serving as their first new music since their 2017 sophomore album ‘Morning After’, the songs are just as slick and smooth as any dvsn tracks out there. The latter, is the one we’re highlighting here – its simple, guitar-laden production allows Daley’s exceptional vocals to melt your heart as he serenades you with those golden tones.
Opening with the line “I feel like a god right now” couldn’t be more apt for ‘I Know’, the latest single from Sri Lankan-Canadian artist and producer Yanchan. Fusing a fiery hip-hop beat with Carnatic nuances, ‘I Know’ is a collaboration with fellow native Shan Vincent de Paul who blitz through his powerful and hard-hitting verse with ease. Together, the pair have created a song that empowers and celebrates both the Eastern and Western influences, masterfully blending the sounds to create a seamless, powerful statement.
Toronto based artist Eva Tolkin aka EVA shares ‘CRY’, a glorious standalone single that serves as the follow up to her Danny L Harle produced single ‘Touch Me’ and is the pop anthem you didn’t know you needed. Although the track doesn’t appear on her forthcoming EP, it’s irresistibly vibrant atmospherics and fun pop sensibilities are unquestionable infectious with EVA’s bright vocals wonderfully complimenting the club-ready instrumentation. It’s going to make you want to dance, cry, or perhaps even both!
Loud, the MC from Montreal reveals a very convincing and faithful piece in the form of ‘Médalilles’ where his melancholic intonations are accompanied by sharp punchlines. Now that the excitement of the beginnings has passed, the young man seems quite overwhelmed, almost already exhausted by the world and events that now surround him. Loud returns this year with a brand new album that allows him to further serve as the ambassador of French-speaking Canadian rap status. The successor to the unmissable ‘Une année record’ is named ‘Tout ça pour ça’ and will be released on May 24th.
Ottawa based duo Garçons, comprised of singer-songwriter Deelo Avery and producer Julian Strangelove, dazzle with their Afrobeat and R&B infused new single ‘Pedigree’. Bursting with joyful and groovy guitar lines, the track is an absolute blast from start to finish. A breath of fresh air, ‘Pedigree’ is a contemporary concoction that entices and charms its way into your heart and sets you free.
Since introducing himself with his stunning debut EP ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful’ last year, Toronto based singer/songwriter MorMor has shared ‘Outside’, his first release of 2019. Taking a leaf from the EP’s soft and delicate atmospherics, the new single sees his soothing tones sweep across the slightly more upbeat soundscape. The follow up to last December’s ‘Pass The Hours’, ‘Outside’ is another poetic affair that touches on MorMor’s feelings of isolation and alienation.
Toronto based five-piece Jaunt share their shimmering new single ‘On Your Mind’, their first taste of new music since last year’s ‘Cue’ EP. An absolutely blissful and dreamy affair, the track’s sparkling instrumentation serves as the perfect complement for those soft vocals to traipse across with ease – offering a comforting hug. With ‘On Your Mind’, Jaunt have created one of those songs where you can’t help but lose yourself to the sound – forgetting everything and just letting yourself be taken away by the music.
Montreal based artist Shay Lia is one of the most exciting R&B voices to come out of Canada. Her slew of enticing singles wonderfully accentuate the rising singer’s mesmerising and velveteen voice whilst production from the likes of Kaytranada and Sango offer a slick finesse. From the funk-filled bounce of “Funky Thang” to the spirited atmospherics of “The Cycle”, the singer showcases her incredible versatility as a singer/songwriter. Shay Lia’s latest offering ‘Feels’, produced by Stwo, is another gorgeous soul searching number which serves as her most intimate and personal release to date.
Sri Lankan-born, Toronto-based rapper Shan Vincent de Paul teams up with fellow native Navz-47 on his smooth and mellow new single ‘Heaven’. Having released two spectacular albums in the form of ‘Saviors’ and ‘Trigger Happy Heartbreak’ in 2016 and 2017 respectively, the sideways member’s music touches on a range of topics from politics and family to identity and love through his powerful lyricism and thought provoking music videos. With the LA+CH produced ‘Heaven’, Navz-47 takes centre stage as she sings/raps in Tamil over the lush soundscape whilst Shan Vincent de Paul offers up his own smooth vocals for the chorus.
Claire Mortifee’s debut album “Medicines” possesses several gems and her collaborative track “No Rollies” with David Morin is one of the smoothest. The combination of Mortifee’s songwriting and Morin’s sweet vocals make for a timeless cut, with all the softness of old school R&B melodies, as harmony stacks and the suspense of a standout bridge bump against a warm fat bassline and shamelessly sassy snare hits. Active in her hometown community of Toronto, Mortifee pops up often in California for her uniquely dynamic live shows, displaying her depth of lyrical delivery and showcasing the physicality of her music as she snakes across the stage in metallic spandex with an endless smile and powerfully natural magnetism.
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Lose yourself in the blissful world of ODIE. The 21-year-old singer’s debut album, ‘Analogue’ is an expertly crafted body of work, showcasing his own slick, original brand of contemporary RnB. The album incorporates a wide range of influences and subject matter, from tales of longing on classic guitar ballads like ‘North Face’ and ‘Little Lies’ to paying homage to his Nigerian heritage on the infectious ‘Faith’, all held together by his warm and soulful vocals, creating a vivid, dream-like atmosphere.