Unfortunately, we aren’t live from Osheaga or Lollapalooza, but if you were there, let us know the new music you discovered!
1. JAMES BAY – Let It Go
We had a British Invasion concert at the Sherbourne Commons, right next door to our studios…on the lake! Can we have shows there all the time? George Ezra, Coasts and this guy…James Bay, this is his next single off his record Chaos And The Calm.
2. FOALS – Mountain At My Gates
Exciting new music from this Oxford bunch sounds like two songs in one, because one song isn’t enough these days. Listen for psych-out synth-pop hooks at the beginning before it nails into an anthemic rock number. Whoa! Light me a cigarette (I don’t even smoke). This is the latest single from FOALS’ forthcoming album What Went Down, due out August 28th. It was produced by James Ford who works with Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine.
3. HALSEY – New Americana
New Jersey’s Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, a.k.a. Halsey, has an interesting story that reminds us “everything happens for a reason”. She couldn’t afford university so she went to community college to major in songwriting. Well, that costs money, too and she fell into the red and the only way she managed to pay her rent was by playing bar gigs all over the place. She came up with the stage name “Halsey” because it’s an anagram of her first name. So many next time you’re in a really crappy place, stick it out. You never know what’s around the corner.
Her dad listened to 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. – which she totally gives a shout out to in this song – while her mom was into The Cure, Nirvana and Alanis Morissette. She was crowned a YouTube Breakthrough Artist in 2014 and will be releasing her full-length debut album, BADLANDS, on August 28th.
4. MEG MYERS – Lemon Eyes
Another powerful female inspired by our 90s alt-rock queen, Alanis Morissette! I seriously didn’t plan this. Meg Myers is originally from Tennessee, now based in Los Angeles and has created quite a buzz after opening for The Pixies, Alt-J and Royal Blood. According to Meg, “Lemon Eyes” is about reassuring someone who is feeling jealous that they are yours and you are theirs.
5. K-OS – Spaceship
You never know what you’re going to get when you hit play on a new k-os track. This tune is miles away from guitar-heavy songs “Turn Me Loose” and “Steel Sharpens Steel”…and more along the lines of “happy rap” that kinda sounds like The Black Eyed Peas. “[‘Spaceship’] is like a short biography of my rap life. And even though it’s not the hardest or darkest track in the world, fact is human beings aren’t always hard and dark. How would you know what was dark if you didn’t experience the light?” – k-os. His new record, Can’t Fly Without Gravity, drops in stores August 28th.
6. RYKKA – Movies
Vancouver-born Christina Maria was originally an alt-folk artist until she reincarnated into a much darker, synth-based alt-pop star and renamed herself Rykka. If you like Dear Rouge and Tove Lo, this will be your new jam.
7. KURT VILE – Pretty Pimpin’
When Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth does a write-up about your sixth record, you don’t mess with it.
“Kurt does his own myth-making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk Guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of a singer songwriter upcycling.”
Kurt Vile’s sixth album, b’lieve i’m goin down… comes out September 25th and will be playing with his band The Violators the Phoenix Concert Theatre exactly a month later.
8. HIGHLY SUSPECT – Lydia
Thanks to Nixon and Rob for suggesting this one! This Brooklyn-based rock n roll trio are two twin brothers and their best friend. Imagine the love child of a threesome with Kings Of Leon, Royal Blood, and Queens Of The Stone Age and you’ve got Highly Suspect.
9. MEG MAC – Roll Up Your Sleeves
Meg Mac of Sydney, Australia is bringing back the alternative R&B, blue-eyed soul that Macy Gray reintroduced to us in 1999. Mac was last year’s winner of Triple J Unearthed Artist Of The year and was also nominated for Best New Talent in the Rolling Stone Australia Awards. She was also Buzzfeed’s SXSW 2015 Artists You Need In Your Life. The buzz is real!
10. DILLY DALLY – Candy Mountain
Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club has a sister named Katie Monks and she started a band in high school with her best friend Liz back in 2009. Packed with punk angst, pop and grunge, Dilly Dally have been playing all over the city for four years and are finally and deservingly gaining some ground. Katie says “What’s happening in this city right now is a lot heavier and angrier than that and it feels very much like a backlash against all of the indie and folky-pop stuff that made up the scene here in Toronto when we first started playing music. Pair that with the frustration we have toward the fact that we’re still grinding away at this project, and that’s probably what you’re hearing in our sound.” Wade found this and played it on Locals Only and we all fell in love.
11. CHET FAKER – 1998 ft. Banks
Umm, match made in heaven? The original version of this tune was on Chet Faker’s last record, Built On Glass, and it sounds pretty similar except when Banks comes in halfway through the song and takes it to a whole new lovable. I mean level. Hot.
12. METZ – Acetate
Totally stole this band from Wade’s Locals Only feature (another one! Thanks Wade!). This Toronto band is on the same label as Nirvana and would definitely make them proud. Probably the LOUDEST band we saw at WayHome last weekend, they killed it.