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Montreal based beatsmith Kaytranada returns with stellar sophomore album ‘BUBBA’, the magnificent follow up to 2015’s ‘99.9%’. Bringing the heat once more, the renowned producer enlists another star-studded line up for this latest project, with tracks featuring COLORS alumni Charlotte Day Wilson, Kali Uchis, Masego, VanJess, SiR and more. Across the album’s seventeen songs, Kaytranada lays down his signature bouncy instrumentation that’s packed with groove and bite for the respective vocalists to work their own magic, but also holds his own on stand out cuts like ‘Scared to Death’ and ‘September 21’.
Colombia-born, Toronto-based artist Lido Pimienta returns with her first new music since 2016’s ‘La Papessa’ in the form of ‘No Pude’. The spectacular single comes accompanied by an other-worldly and utterly vibrant music video directed by Fitto Segura. A mixture of squelchy and sharp electronics coalesce to serve as the ideal backdrop for Pimienta’s slick vocals to gloss over with ease.
Toronto’s Keynes Woods links up with fellow MC’s Just John and So Loki on blistering new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, the first taste of his upcoming new EP. Having released a slew of standalone singles in the form of ‘Threat‘ (which he performed for COLORS), ‘Avarice’, ‘Groovy’ and ‘Water In The City’, Woods delivers another spectacular cut that features his sharp and confident lyrics over an eerie and utterly captivating beat. Check out the track here and look for Keynes Woods’ debut project ‘Kongo KANE’ which is out February 2020.
Toronto based DJ and producer Bambii teams up with Pamputtae on the thrilling and utterly captivating dancehall banger ‘NITEVISION’. Serving as the artist’s official debut single, ‘NITEVISION’ packs quite the punch with Bambii laying down the perfect backdrop comprising of pumping basslines, powerful drums and sensational synths for Pamputtae to work her charm.
Toronto based singer/songwriter Tasha Angela releases the follow up visuals for her timeless single ‘Lost in Nostalgia’, which is taken from her forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Hidden Gems’. Directed by angelicamilash, the visual wonderfully captures the song’s dreamy disco vibes and “explores nostalgia through a colourful lens”. Taking you on a trip down memory lane, the mirrors the record’s story of looking back and cherishing the memories of the past, evoking a sense of comfort and respite through her warming tones.
Since being blown away by his fantastic debut single ‘Votk’ this past summer, Canadian artist Moël has gone onto release debut EP ‘Kopia’. The seven-track project captures the artist’s elegant and sophisticated production with stirring narratives that are topped off by Moël’s captivating vocals. From the slow burning ‘Prayers’, to the almost-choral, stunning beauty of ‘Fire Loft’, Moël captivates you from start to finish.
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.