The alternative rock gods got together and decided to release new music all at once. New stuff from Beck, Josh Homme and Eagles Of Death Metal, Frank Turner, and some kick-ass local Toronto bands!
1. ROBERT DELONG – Don’t Wait Up
Edge had the world premiere of this song last Friday on the Fearless Fred Show when Robert Delong played this song LIVE in studio for us. Built from scratch. Video should be up on edge.ca soon, in the meantime, I guess his official video will do 😉
2. CAIRO – A History Of Reasons
We saw Cairo at Canadian Music Week in May then again yesterday for NXNE. Each time you listen to this song, you fall more in love with it as you attune yourself to the subtle layers and emotion in this track. This Toronto alternative four piece also features a violin… and we all know that strings + alt rock = amazing.
3. BAIO – Sister Of Pearl
If you love Vampire Weekend, your inner musical intuition would probably pick up that Christopher Baio has that same infectious happiness to his songs and that he is IN the band. Baio is the bassist in Vampire Weekend but spent his earlier years as the lead singer and guitarist in his high school bands. Baio’s solo record, The Names, comes out on September 18th.
4. MAJOR LAZER AND DJ SNAKE ft. M0 – Lean On
Major Lazer is an electronic music group put together by one of the biggest names in that scene – Diplo. MO is a super cool Danish singer-songwriter who grew up listening to Anti-Flag, Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Her solo work has been described as “electro music with guts” and she just kills it on this pairing with Major Lazer and DJ Snake. There’s only one thing wrong with that song – it’s not long enough. Find more on Major Lazer’s new record, Peace Is The Mission.
5. K-OS – Steel Sharpens Steel
The latest sounds from Toronto’s own genre-destroying, structure-defiant, ever-changing sonic viber, K-os! “Steel Sharpens Steel” is like the perfectly baked cookie – crunchy on the outside, soft melted chocolate chips on the inside. His new record, Can’t Fly Without Gravity drops sometime later this year. The video link below is just a 30 second teaser because that’s all there is right now… so the only place to hear the whole song is on the Drop, muhahaha.
6. BECK – Dreams
I can’t stop talking about this song. The alternative rock veteran, Beck, has returned with a new jam that takes you on the type of rollercoaster ride only found in dance club DJs. The build, the anticipation, the fake-out climax, the real climax and then the drop near the end that blows your mind. While initially sounding like a super intelligent and funkified Foster The People single, the real Beck special sauce happens about 3 minutes in and it makes you go “whoaaa”. Even Kanye would love this one.
7. VANESSA CARLTON – Blue Pool
While Vanessa Carlton may have started as a wide-eyed sugar-coated pop star, pigeon-holing people into the genre they started in is not cool. Art is evolution and Vanessa Carlton has evolved into an unmistakably talented addition to the alternative music scene.
8. FRANK TURNER – The Next Storm
Our midday host Adam Ricard is having the best week ever because of this and he has good reason. The British folk-punk poet has picked up an electric guitar and belted out an uplifting anthem about overcoming adversity. The song that leaves you with a fist to the sky and a bag full of hope for the path ahead. You can bet this is going to be a banger live! Frank Turner’s new album Positive Songs For Negative People is out August 7th.
9. WALK THE MOON – Different Colours
Cincinnati’s Walk The Moon is on top of the world right now – you know them from that infectious alt-pop song “Shut Up And Dance”. And what do you do when you put out one of the biggest songs of the year? Put out another one. This is the next single off their winter release, Talking Is Hard.
10. JAMIE XX – Loud Places ft. Romy
One-third of The xx, Jamie xx has released his first solo record called In Colour and has added a more dance pace to the signature xx style. It may feel simple at first (just like The xx) but with a couple listens, the modest groove will sink itself into you and become invigorating.
11. SMASHING SATELLITES – Us
Yet another incredible local artist to celebrate. The new record from Toronto-based electro-rock musician, Sal Costa, is called Sonic Aluzion (pronounced “illusion”) and was just released this last week. It takes you on a journey through all his musical influences, from Nirvana to Michael Jackson, as well as his life journey from insomnia and defeat, to love and hope. Fun fact: the album artwork for Sonic Aluzion took almost as long as the record to make.
12. EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – Complexity
Queens Of The Stone Age legend, Josh Homme, is back to his side project with long-time pal Jesse Hughes. After seven years, we finally have a new single and record announcement from party rock Gods, Eagles Of Death Metal: Zipper Down. Until I saw EODM at the Mod Club a while back, I had no idea that place could actually shake. Make sure to catch what will undeniably be one of the highest energy shows you’ve ever seen at Riot Fest this September.