Bearings – Home Is… EP

(If you like: Sum 41, The Story So Far, Neck Deep)  Pop punk is not often attributed to Canada, let alone the government-worker populated city of Ottawa. Having such a deep-rooted history in the United States, Canadian pop-punk bands are becoming noticed more and more. Sum 41 and These Kids Wear Crowns have been putting Canada on the map with their energetic, hook-filled music. Adding to the genre’s repertoire, Ottawa-based indie pop-punk band Bearings have released their second record Home Is… EP. Following closely in the footsteps of the predecessors, Bearings capture the…

Conrad Sewell – All I Know EP

(If you like: Sam Smith, George Ezra, Cody Simpson) It can be considered quite an accomplishment to knock Taylor Swift out of a #1 spot on a pop chart. Conrad Sewell can proudly take credit for doing so, taking over in Australia with his breakthrough hit “Start Again”, capturing ARIA nominations in three categories. Adding to his success, the Australian-raised, L.A.-based musician was offered to tour with Ed Sheeran during his time in Australia. Since the age of 13, Sewell was driven to be signed to a major label. Dedication,…

Marcus Marr & Chet Faker – Work EP

Four days, four tracks. That is all British DJ/producer Marcus Marr and Australian electronica musician Chet Faker needed to produce their new collaboration EP Work. The four-track record combines Marr’s acclaimed dance-driven production talents with Faker’s cool vocals for a stunning electronic effort. Initiated through Twitter, Marr explains: “[Chet] posted my song on Twitter. I messaged him and said thanks and a conversation started – all nerdy stuff about recording processes. Pretty soon we started exchanging song ideas in voice memos. He then suggested maybe we try and do something together.” Both artists have been…

TOKiMONSTA x Gavin Turek – Hemisphere Remixes EP

L.A. DJ TOKiMONSTA is known for her artistic fusion of R&B, dance, and classic electronica in her sound. Featured around the world, from NPR to BBC1, TOKiMONSTA was proudly the first female artist to join Flying Lotus’ crew Brainfeeder. Continuing to become a prominent leader in the next generation of electronic music, the California artist released the You’re Invited EP with friend and collaborator Gavin Turek in August. From the electro-R&B collection, the pair have released a series of remixes of the lead single “Hemisphere”. Ranging from progressive house to deep house to big room, the…

Ladyfrnd – Farewell Remixes

Vancouver ambient/electronic duo Ladyfrnd are calling it quits. Composed of HUMAN and Gang Signs member Peter Ricq, and vocalist Yuki Holland, the pair have released their final release in the form of a collection of remixes of their July 2015 release Farewell EP. The Farewell Remixes EP takes fans on one last journey through a few popular tracks reconstructed by HUMAN, Gang Signs, Ryan Wells, Heroshe, ma/am, ACTORS Stalkers, and donné. Transforming Ladyfrnd’s tranquil, often-times tropical style into varying forms, the new EP provides a fresh take on old songs; from hyper-textured forms of trance and…

Hologram Teen – Post-Apocalypteacakes / Tracksuit Minotaur 7″

Formerly part of British 90’s-alternative rock group Stereolab and a number of other electro-inspired groups since then, Morgane Lhote has more recently been working on new solo projects. Under the moniker Hologram Teen, Lhote has released a two-track 7″ this week, reaching back into electronica days of disco and house, and resurfacing with a haunting, yet danceable style. Side A features the single “Post-Apocalypteacakes” which combines together French house, Italian horror soundtrack, and early disco to create the devil’s dancing music. Maintaining the gothic, John Carpenter-esque vibe, “Tracksuit Minotaur” forces the listener into…

Rodney Cromwell – Black Dog EP

British electronic musician Rodney Cromwell released his latest LP Age of Anxiety this past June. Continuing to support the disco-synth record, Cromwell has shared the Black Dog EP, which features the single of the same name and bonus remixes of other tracks from the full-length. Revitalizing and repurposing the vintage synth pop of the ’70s and ’80s,  the extended play opens with the intergalactic single “Black Dog”, branching together the dark undertones of new wave and retro-synthpop and the upbeat, hypnotic pulse of disco and house. Cromwell holds onto and expands his futuristic disco…

Slow Death Lights – Broken Spirit Desert Nightmare EP

Recorded in the heart of the desert (inside Jalamanta studios live off the floor), classic stoner rock group Slow Death Lights are excited to share their two-track Broken Spirit Desert Nightmare EP. Heavily inspired and influenced by the ’60s style of Black Sabbath, the new record barrels towards the ultimate goal of raw, head-banging-ready music. Opening with the heavy, metal riff on “Dirty Chores”, Slow Death Lights ignite their record on a sturdy foot forward, before smashing forward into “Watermill” – complete with a retro-fuelled guitar solo. Listen to the EP below,…

The Zolas – Wino Oracle EP

Vancouver indie pop group The Zolas have been making sure to keep themselves on the Canadian music radar since their 2009 debut Tic Toc Tic which introduced the world to their infectious piano pop roots, and since then have grown into a brightly-coloured, laid-back indie rock. Their 2012 release Ancient Mars focused their style into a guitar-pop variation, making sure not to leave out the contrasting feeling of positivity and heartfelt longing in their songs. “Knot in My Heart” – the catchy single about moving on from love – proved the west coast group could make you…

Snowday – Evoke EP

“Now that we have the space, we have more instruments, and you will hear them all on Evoke, including a 100 year-old Nordheimer upright piano, a Rhodes electric keyboard, a new drum kit, and a wealth of new percussion instruments. The end result sounds dark and organic, and really conveys deeper emotions than we maybe managed to capture with As We Travel”.  – Cam Sloan  Sloan makes up half of Toronto-based ambient electronic duo Snowday. Chad Skinner accounts for the other, and the two longtime friends released their debut record As We Travel last…