1. THE 1975: Love Me
This foot-tap inducing, vibrant single has just been released and its off The 1975’s upcoming second album (brace yourself): I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. This vibrant song has a blend of 80’s sounds, and is their poppiest track to date. Earlier this year they confused worried fans into thinking they were breaking up when in reality they announced they were starting a “new era”, complete with a new look and evolved sound as Love Me reveals.
2. RAURY: Friends (Ft. Tom Morello)
Raury is an Atlanta, Georgia-based musician who mixes soul, hip hop, folk and pop. “Friends” is off his upcoming debut album All We Need and will feature guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Key!, RZA, and in this specific track, Tom Morello. Seems like Raury made quite a bit of famous friends, also including Lorde, after releasing his impressive mixtape Indigo Child in August 2014! Raury will be playing in Toronto on November 7th (Adelaide Hall).
3. KURT COBAIN: And I Love Her
During the making of Montage of Heck (doc about Kurt Cobain), director Brett Morgen uncovered lots of unheard recorded material. So much that there’s a new Kurt solo album coming out entitled Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings. Within these recordings was a raw and haunting version of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her”. Kurt’s somber take on the song is enough to give you chills or choke up. This song specifically will be released as a 7-inch vinyl single. PS: You can also hear Courtney Love in there briefly.
4. GRANDTHEFT FT. LOWELL: Quit This City
Toronto producer Grandtheft has released his first and title single off his upcoming debut EP (out October 30th). It features vocals from Canadian singer Lowell. The song beams with his signature mellow indie dance sound with downtempo bass, that brought him much success over the years. What stands out in this song is Lowell’s sweet and clean vocals, and the powerful drop. He’s playing in Toronto at the Hoxton nightclub on Oct 16.
5. JJ & The Pillars: She’s In Love
Peterborough folk-rockers JJ & The Pillars have just shared a new single “She’s In Love”. You can watch our 2014 Edge Next Big Thing winners playing in Hamilton on Wednesday (Oct 14th)! To check out the song and video, go to their Facebook page.
6. YOUNG FATHERS: Shame
“Shame” is off Young Fathers’ second LP White Men Are Black Too, which was released last spring. They’re a Scottish band who gained success after releasing their award-winning album Dead, and this LP was just as impressive. Musically, it’s as open as they’ve ever dared to be. Fun fact: they’re called Young Fathers cause each of them have their father’s first name.
7. HALSEY: Hurricane
“Hurricane” is off Halsey’s debut album Badlands. She explains that she had a “crazy life for a teenager” and this song in particular is about a guy she dated who had a heroine addiction. Halsey, 21, keeps impressing us with her music milestones, connection to audiences, honesty and eloquence, and, of course, her brilliant singles. Catch this blue-haired powerhouse playing in Toronto November 3rd at the Pheonix!
8. TEN COMMANDOS: Staring Down The Dust
Ten Commandos is an awesome supergroup made up of Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, collaborator Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Alain Johannes, and Off! guitarist Dimitri Coats. Their debut album is coming out by the end of this year and this is their first single off it. It features Mark Lanegan (formerly of Screaming Trees) on vocals. They actually started writing together in 2008 but only started recording in 2014. According to them, you can expect Ten Commandos to be “really heavy and doomy” 90’s grunge, and this track proves that right.
9. X AMBASSADORS: Unsteady
X Ambassadors, the masterminds behind “Renegades”, have taken their music into a more sorrowful direction. “If you love me, don’t let go / Hold, hold on, hold onto me / ‘Cause I’m a little unsteady”. The track’s aching lyrics, swaying beat, and singer Sam Harris’ croon are enough to make listeners tear up. Though they released this song over a year ago, the music video came out just a few days ago. Catch them playing in Toronto on Nov 28th at the Opera House!
10. GRAY: CRZY
Toronto-based alt pop artist, GRAY, spent some time in Los Angeles writing new music and we’ve got the radio premiere of it tonight on the Drop! Gray was our 2014 Edge Next Big Thing finalist.
11. BAIO: Needs
Chris Baio, best known as Vampire Weekend’s bassist, also releases solo music under the stage name Baio. “Needs” is off his debut, full-length album (that he also produced) The Names, which came out last month. The album includes songs with an assortment of sounds, but “Needs” somewhat reminiscences Vampire Weekend.
12. MODERN SPACE: Pen To Paper
Modern Space are a 5-piece indie alternative band from Toronto. Despite only forming in 2014, they’ve recently been signed with Warner Music Canada and are coming out with a debut EP that was produced by Tawgs Salter (USS, Walk of The Earth, Scott Helmann, Lights). Watch out for these guys!
Check out (almost) all the music on our Rdio playlist!