Cleopold – Altitude & Oxygen EP

  (If you like: Chet Faker, Cherub, Milky Chance)  You hear the name Chet Faker, and for fans of the nu-singer/songwriter, crystallized R&B flavours matched with minimalist electro-pop textures come to mind, as he gracefully croons stories and emotions overtop. So its of no surprise when Australian musician Cleopold signed with Faker’s label Detail Records to release his debut Altitude & Oxygen EP. Available today, Altitude & Oxygen is a 5-track collection of Cleopold’s original material, but with an uncanny resemblance to Faker. Needless to say, fans will find an enjoyable sense of familiarity with the new album,…

Album Releases: Week of June 10, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Band of Horses – Why Are You OK (Alternative rock) Beauts – Waves/Wash EP (Indie rock) Diarrhea Planet – Turn To Gold (Garage rock/Alternative rock) Garbage – Strange Little Birds (Alternative rock) The Invisible – Patience (Alternative/Electro-pop) Peter Bjorn & John – Breakin’ Point (Indie pop rock) Spring King – Tell Me If You Like To (Indie garage rock/Alternative) Alexis Taylor – Piano (Singer-songwriter/Piano) Throws – Throws (Lo-fi/Synth-pop) Yung – A Youthful Dream (Alternative/Lo-fi rock)   Country / Folk Brandy Clark – Big Day In A Small Town (Country/Singer-songwriter) Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle – Colvin & Earle (Folk/Southern rock)…

Fitz and the Tantrums – HandClap (Official Music Video)

In case you haven’t already been consumed by the exceptionally catchy tune “HandClap” from funk-pop outfit Fitz & the Tantrums, now you can experience the song’s irresistible energy and chorus, and then some. Off their upcoming self-titled album out this Friday, the Los Angeles-based six piece released their latest hit “HandClap” back in April. Now the group has shared its choreographed music video; sing along, clap along, and now dance along to the band’s biggest hit yet. Enjoy the video below, and head to their website to pre-order your copy of Fitz…

Xolos – Do You Recall

(If you like: Jamie XX, Mausi, Passion Pit)  California electro-pop duo Xolos (pronounced sho-los) are the latest act to have some fun with the groovy dance genre. Mixing together sounds from indie rock, electronica, and pure dance music, Xolos have released their debut single “Do You Recall”. Influenced by the music and success of Passion Pit and Capital Cities, the new single builds off a synth-heavy dance hook with crystallized vocals overtop for a hit that will collect countless listens over the course of the coming summer. Enjoy the single below, and stay…

In No Particular Order: May 27, 2016

One of the best feelings in life? Finding a new album that you know you’ll be listening to and enjoying for years. That first spark, ignited from the mysterious and nervously excited first listen, is not lost over time; if anything you become more and more attached, as the album becomes apart of your life and you debate naming your future children after the band’s lead singer… Honestly, if you could, you’d probably marry it. …or maybe that’s just me? This week saw some of the best releases in 2016…

Dragonette – Lonely Heart

Juno-award winning synth-pop trio Dragonette are heading out this summer with a handful of festival tour dates. With the sunshine months on the way, the Canadian outfit, lead by vocalist Martina Sorbara, along with bassist/producer Dan Kurtz and drummer Joel Stouffer, has released their latest single “Lonely Heart”. Opposite to the melancholic title, the song is laid-back and vibrant, borrowing elements from reggae, with a No Doubt-esque smooth synth melody. Sorbara’s bubbly, candy-sweet vocals gives “Lonely Heart” its pep and charm, as she sings about being happy with being ourselves. Enjoy the new single below, and…

Fonkynson – Aquarelle

(If you like: Flume, 20syl, Gorgon City)  It’s of no surprise to hear that Montreal-based DJ Fonkynson spent his childhood living in France. Well-known for their stunning electronic music scene, the French have a certain way with groovy melodies, and trance-inducing textures and rhythms. Comfortably established in the Montreal electronic scene, Fonkynson is releasing his sophomore album #followme today (May 27). Incorporating the addictive sounds of nu-disco, and French house into the 10-track effort comes the futuristic lead single “Aquarelle”, which playful jumps between dance-friendly synth-pop and swelling, lush future house. Held together by one…

Kid North – Future Ghosts (VESSELS Remix) (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, Vessels)  If you watch enough music videos, you will eventually start to notice certain trends that seem to carry-over between genres and artists. Shots of the band goofing around, dramatic shots of colourful objects, and psychedelic, kaleidoscopic-esque visuals often make an appearance in most music videos nowadays. French electro-pop trio Kid North are part of the genre that often embraces the artistic, montage video style to match. From their most recent album New Waters comes the single “Future Ghosts”, and since…

WALLA – Talking Dirty

(If you like: Walk the Moon, DNCE, Magic Man)  L.A. indie pop act WALLA proved to the world last year that they don’t need a major label to get them off the ground. Their breakthrough hit “101” found its way onto Billboard, MTV, Snapchat, and hit over 17.8 million streams on Spotify last year. Showing no sign of slowing down, WALLA have released their latest single “Talking Dirty”, holding onto their their slow-burning, dance floor hits. Bright harmonies, disco-fuelled rhythms, and pop star vocals from lead singer Jean Marc Tardieu put the L.A.…

AlphaCub – Comet

The day has almost arrived for Toronto based indie pop artist AlphaCub to release his debut solo EP. Set to hit shelves June 3rd, the former member of Halifax band Soho Ghetto has given a taste of the collection with two previous tracks “Fighting” and “Friends“. Adding to the teaser is his latest, and darkest track “Comet”. Although both “Friends” and “Fighting” showed Roberston in a vulnerable light in regards to relationships, past and present, his new single “Comet” highlights his internal insecurities about running out of time: “Time is everything and it keeps…