All these new releases are posted for your judgment. Give ’em a listen and tell us what you think. Do they have what it takes to make it to the next level? That’s up to you.
1. May Wells, “What’s Up BIG BOY?”
Recommended If You Like: Anthemic female empowerment
This track from Montreal’s May Wells has been gaining traction on Spotify and iTunes since it was released back in June. It has an anthem feel with a bad word or two, leaving you with the impression that you don’t want to mess with this woman—especially if you’re a dude.
2. F**ked Up, “Raise Your Voice Joyce”
Dose Your Dreams (Arts & Crafts/Merge)
RIYL: Concept albums
Toronto’s F**ked Up are once again going the concept route, much like they did with 2011’s David Comes to Life. This time they’re bringing back the sound of the double-album 70’s rock opera (think Tommy from The Who) in which social media has taken over and thus destroyed our lives. David Eliade—yes, the same character from David Comes to Life—returns once again as the role of our hero. Release is set for October 5.
3. Christine and the Queens, “Doesn’t Matter”
Chris (Because Music)
RIYL: The idea of a French Likki Ly
Héloïse Letissier is from Nantes, France, whose first bands were made up of drag queens from Paris. Much of her work is dedicated to them and transgender people. This second—the second from her sophomore album set for release on September 21—is some smooth synth-pop genius.
4. Ace of Wands, “10,000 Feet”
RIYL: Music that is slightly spooky
If you know your Tarot cards, you’ll know that this particular card is associated with creativity, enthusiasm, confidence, and all-round personal power. Good name for a band, then. This Toronto trio blends guitar, synths and violins into something that sounds both freaky and cool in the dark. Damn, but this reminds me of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper”…
5. Bedouin Soundclash, “They Gutted This City”
Single (Pirates Blend)
RIYL: Resisting gentrification
Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair are back after a lengthy (er, eight years?) hiatus with this mix of dub, soul, and big rhythms. Don’t miss out on the other song, “Salt Water.” Catch them at Elora Riverfest on the 19th and the CNE on the 28th.
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