Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases; even his handful of mixtapes and releases in-between have no real connection to Awaken, My Love!. Instead, Awaken, My Love! is an experimentation from Donald Glover as he explores the ’70s, and their legacy of funk and psychedelic music. And for many Gambino fans, it is an extremely polarizing release. Some find it bland and disorientating, others creative and progressive.…

In No Particular Order: December 2, 2016

Have you started Christmas shopping? I haven’t started Christmas shopping… I’ll do it tomorrow…there’s still 19 days until Christmas…. Check out the full list of new releases here, and follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more crazy fun in your life…or less, depending on how you look at it. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases;…

In No Particular Order: November 4, 2016

Congratulations! You’ve found the one place of refuge from the upcoming American Election! If you’re anything like me, you’re sick and tired of election talk so forget about all of that for a brief moment before checking your social media. Instead, get lost in the music with this week’s In No Particular Order – a busy one at that. With five albums on the pedestal and a handful more on deck, the first week of November is one to celebrate – regardless of the results from the “greatest country in the…

In No Particular Order – September 9, 2016

Although our calendars point out the official first day of fall, there are more tangible tell-tale signs of the changing of the seasons. Some people decide summer is over based on the colour of the leaves, or the scent of pumpkin spice lattes, or even the early-sent Halloween decorations littering stores, and some might even play weatherman and decide the dropping temperatures signal the commencement of autumn. However, the true marker of the end of summer is that my iTunes library doubles in size. June, July, and August are skinny…

Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

Although titled as such, the new album from U.K. indie synth-pop group Glass Animals is not an instruction manual. Instead, How To Be A Human Being is a paradigm shift of sorts, re-telling stories and interviews into music through the eyes of the characters – in this case, frontman and producer Dave Bayley. While on tour in support of their 2014 debut ZABA, Bayley recorded countless conversations and stories from strangers: “I tr[ied] to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, people we met outside…

Monday I Retire – Monday I Retire EP

For a band that found their start as a middle school talent show performance almost ten years ago, Ottawa soul-jazz pop group Monday I Retire have come a long way. Fronted by brother-sister duo Ben and Mackenzie Di Millo, and rounded out by guitarist MJ Heney, bassist Andre Morrill, and drummer Stephen Adubofuor, the Ottawa five-piece have been hard at work to complete their latest EP. The eponymous 6-track record is the follow-up to their 2010 debut Worn & Reeling EP (although the two albums seem to come from two entirely different bands –…

Arkells – Morning Report

Looking back to their 2008 debut record Jackson Square, The Arkells have come a long way. And deservingly so; the five friends from Hamilton have worked hard to get to where they are. So after three solid records, each one slightly different, yet still as great as the last, they’ve found some leeway to try out new things and twist their sound in different directions. Fast forward eight years and that’s where you’ll find the Arkells: in a slightly different place with their fourth record Morning Report. If you’ve been keeping up…

Weaves – Weaves

The concept of synergy is when the creation of a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and if you think about it, the idea is a fascinating phenomenon. You’d expect 1 and 1 to make 2, but with synergy, that’s not always true; what if instead of adding together, they realize they are more valuable as two “ones” together, and decide to fuse into “11”. Of course, it is more complex than just pushing two numbers together, but in any case, let’s take Toronto noise-pop band Weaves for example.…

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…

In No Particular Order: April 22, 2016

Well, the music gods are at it again. They’re continuing to stack their deck and prepare us all for the best live concert ever (R.I.P. Prince). The show must go on, and us mortals still have to find music to enjoy – you’ve come to the right place. Discover more new releases in the convenient and thorough list of album releases every week, and don’t forget to share your favourite tunes! Van Damsel – Van Damsel If you look through my previous work and posts, I seem to point out most…