TOPANGA – Shadows

Los Angeles indie electro-rock group TOPANGA, lead by Derek Brambles and Eric Johnson are releasing their debut Midnight Jungle EP in February. Based around their experiences and the nightlife of L.A., the new EP is brimming with electronic energy and glowing charm. From the upcoming release comes the lead single “Shadows”, a song Brambles originally had written as a commercial music composer. His love for the tune evolved and he decided to turn it into an electro-pop hit. Exploding into glowing synthesizers and toe-tapping rhythms, “Shadows” is an exciting first look into the…

Your Boy Tony Braxton – Kick (Official Music Video)

Over the summer, rapper/media personality Shad released his new alter ego Your Boy Tony Braxton with the surprise throwback-R&B album Adult Contempt. Drenched in nostalgia, the new album is an ’80s tribute thrown into a time machine and sent to 2016. From the release is the Janet Jackson-esque single “Kick” and its accompanying music video. Complete with retro outfits, dance circles, and a vintage tint, the new video captures the ’80s, and as director Sammy Rawal puts it, “the aesthetic and pacing but infuse it with more contemporary elements.  The finished video reads…

Jim James – Here in Spirit (Official Music Video)

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James released his sophomore solo album Eternally Even just a few weeks back, and the psychedelic record was sprinkled with political and social conversation. Released around the time of the American election, Eternally Even is a timely record, as racism and discrimination seem to be surfacing more and more. Lead single and one of the most captivating songs on the records, “Here In Spirit” aims to motivate not only the discussion and thought that goes into combatting hate and discrimination, but the action required. Displaying examples of people stepping up…

Sam Setton – Stranger

After a break-up, most people tend to sulk in their PJs, spend too much money at the bar, and/or fill the next few months with bad decisions and introspective regret. For electro-pop artist Sam Setton, he instead chose to focus on his music and experiment with his sound. Oh, and to compose a catchy electro-pop track in hopes of winning back the heart of his ex-girlfriend. Setton’s new single “Stranger” is his attempt to grab her attention, and reverse their current situation as “strangers”. With his debut EP slated for release…

PUP – Sleep in the Heat (Official Music Video)

It’s been a wild and prosperous year for Toronto punk rockers PUP. Their sophomore album The Dream is Over combined with their extensive touring has maintained the band’s place as a fan favourite. From the release comes the single “Sleep in the Heat”, a song about an unusual, yet unforgettable friend for frontman Stephan Babcock, “[It’s] a song about my chameleon Norman, who passed away while we were writing this record”.  Directed by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, the new music video expands on the idea of losing a friend – no matter how many legs it…

Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama

Rumours were running around the internet lately that hip-hop artist Childish Gambino (or actor Donald Glover to others) was set to release a new album in the next coming months. Well, the rumours held to be true, and Glover is dropping his latest album Awaken, My Love! on December 2nd. From the upcoming release, the eccentric artist has shared the first taste with “Me and Your Mama” – emphasis on eccentric. His 2013 record Because the Internet had moments of captivating oddities, and his new single is not afraid to take that even further. Blending old-school…

VACAY – Moving You

Working under the moniker VACAY, Toronto multi-instrumentalist Levi Randall is excited to be working on his upcoming solo debut EP. The young musician admits he enjoys the isolation of working as a solo artist, and with his new single “Moving You”, he also has a deep appreciation for sharing his work with fans and audiences. He explains: “As an artist so much of your creative expression is done in isolation. A lot of the satisfaction comes from the writing process but to be able to take your work to the stage…

The Flatliners – Nerves EP

Toronto punk band The Flatliners have been around for quite some time, making loud, melodic, punk rock since for the past decade – and they’re barely in their mid-20’s. Their ska-beginnings with their 2005 debut Destory to Create eventually shifted into melodic punk rock, and since then they’ve released a handful of hard-hitting, repeat-button smashing records. Adding to their continued success, the four friends have recently signed to Dine Alone Records and have now put out a two-track EP / 7″ Nerves. “Hang My Head” and “Mud” show the band have not changed much over…

Jim Guthrie & JJ Ipsen – Aspect Imaginarium

The music of singer-songwriter/composer Jim Guthrie is often described as optimistic, insightful, and charming; which definitely explains his continued work conjuring up encompassing music for film, commercial, and video game soundtracks. His latest endeavour is the soundtrack for roller coaster creation game Planet Coaster inspiringly titled You, Me, and Gravity: The Music of Planet Coaster. The 16-track collection has Guthrie joining forces with multi-instrumentalist JJ Ipsen, blending together their creativity and imagination through folk-rock tunes. Leading the way is the glowing, inspiring single “Aspect Imaginarium”. Warm guitar layers, an engaging piano track, a glowing…

Austra – Utopia (Official Music Video)

Some fear the future, others embrace it. Regardless, all of us envision some sort of way of being down the road. For Toronto synth-pop act Austra, the future has no boundaries, a theme explored on their upcoming release Future Politics. Frontwoman Katie Stelmanis explains, “[Future Politics] is a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia. Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating and endless. It’s not about ‘being political’, it’s about reaching…