1. BROKEN BELLS: It’s That Talk Again
Broken Bells – one part Brian Burton a.k.a. Danger Mouse, one part James Mercer, lead singer of the Shins – has surprised fans with “It’s That Talk Again”, a song that further explores the band’s indie dance floor vibes. The song comes ahead of the premiere of of their concert film, Broken Bells: Live at the Orpheum Theater, which will be playing throughout the upcoming week on the Palladia Television Network.
2. DISCLOSURE FT. LORDE: Magnets
Disclosure and Lorde say that they had chemistry right off the bat, because of their youth: funny enough, they’ve all gone through a thing where they’re actually too young to play at clubs. Disclosure, made up of two brothers, said that collaborating with Lorde on this silky and seductive tune was a very intimate experience: she showed up on her own, without any bodyguards or management. Because of this, Lorde’s contribution was very raw and pure, and she had this “sassy yet vulnerable thing”. The song is off Disclosure’s second album Caracal, which came out on Friday and includes more high-profile guests like The Weeknd.
3. BANNERS: Shine A Light
Mike Nelson of Liverpool released his debut song “Ghosts” under the band name Raines and clearly had a change of heart before he released the song that could potentially propel his career into the spotlight. Good thing he did it before showing the world “Shine A Light”. Nelson says this song is dedicated “to that person in your life that offers salvation while the storm is raging around you.” Don’t skip over this track…especially if you’re a fan of Coldplay.
4. BIG GRAMS: Lights On
Big Grams is a collaboration between Big Boi (one half of Outkast) and Phantogram. “Lights On” is the second single off their newly-released, self-titled EP! Whiel their first single,”Fell In The Sun”, had a stronger hip-hop influence, “Lights On” has more of a Phantogram feel.
5. MIDDAY SWIM: We Got The Feeling
Midday Swim, 2015 Edge Next Big Thing Finalists, is a pop-rock act from Toronto who’s unique, summery sound has been turning heads everywhere, especially ours! The band said this new single is “…a feeling we’ve all had or at least longed for at one point or another – the open road, young love, total freedom. You know it can’t last forever, but you need to celebrate it while you can.” Midday Swim have a knack for making songs that sound like you’re chilling with your buds and there’s a warm breeze rolling through your hair. “We Got The Feeling” was off their self-titled album released last spring.
6. THE BOHICAS: Where You At
It was so hard to pick which song to play off their debut album ‘The Making Of’. The Essex quartet are signed to Domino Records which makes them labelmates with Arctic Monkeys and once you hear this music, you’ll understand why that probably made them totally stoked. If you did cold apes, The Strokes, all mashed up with a little Queens Of The Stone Age and Royal Blood, you’re going to love The Bohicas. I know, I know…thank us later.
7. SAN FERMIN: No Devil
Brooklyn-based San Fermin released a digital deluxe edition of their record, Jackrabbit, and it came with this brand new single. They are currently on tour with alt-J but you can catch them on their own December 9th at the Horseshoe Tavern!
8. THE ZOLAS: Fell In Love With New York
Our Vancouver pals wrote a love song to another city…but can you blame them? Catch The Zolas playing live at the 2015 CASBY Music Awards on October 22nd at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
9. GIVERS: Record high, Record Low
You wouldn’t expect it, but this band started off playing jazz and cajun music. They’ve experimented with sounds: their debut LP In Light was described more as indie rock, and now their upcoming album New Kingdom, out November 13th, is expected to be edgier, more electronic and epic, but still vocally rich and rhythmic.
10. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: The Beach
The Neighbourhood just keeps dropping the most stunning tracks, teasing us ahead of the release of their sophomore album Wiped Out! due out on October 30th. “The Beach” is a dark and sorrowful track with actual beach sound incorporated within it. Catch the L.A.-based band at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on October 9th!
11. NIKKI’S WIVES: Ghosts
Remember this last February? There were 3 days that were NOT cold weather alerts? While you were cocooned into a million blankets with the heat cranked, London, ON trio, Nikki’s Wives were writing their debut EP For E-V-E-R in an apartment that didn’t have ANY HEAT AT ALL. All Canadian records should be recorded like this (while wearing flannel). Inspired by Portishead, Massive Attack, Peter Gabriel and the Toronto hip-hop scene, this band is on their way to becoming part of the fabric of the Canadian music scene.
12. WOLF ALICE: Bros (NAO REMIX)
Two great artists collide in this electronic-fused version of the nostalgic track “Bros”. Nao has created her own version of the song by adding her own vocals and playing around with Ellie Rowsell’s and mixing in bassy-y synths. “Bros” is one of Wolf Alice’s most successful songs and was on their LP My Love Is Cool, which came out this past summer.