Lots of new music this week. Below is a synopsis of 18 LPs, 5 EPs, and a single for 24 releases you can listen to over 24 hours!
Starting off with this week’s highest profile release is Drake‘s fifth studio album, Views, which contains his recent hits “One Dance” and “Pop Style”. The album is available in both clean and explicit versions. (We certainly prefer the clean one). Another new rap album is Petit prince from Rymz, originally from Saint-Hyacinthe, QC. Both albums are selling very well at iTunes. One may be Anglo and one Franco, but we are convinced that most hip hop artists cannot speak either official language properly. Ha! … Just teasing guys, don’t get your noses all out of joint now. More rap can be found on Loud Lary Ajust‘s EP Ondulé (from Montreal).
Our favourite of the week’s releases belongs to the fantastic pop album All Lit Up by Repartee. One does not normally think of St. John’s, NL for great pop music, making it a very pleasant surprise. Find more popular music on the new 4-track EP La Voix IV which has an original song from each of the four finalists of this year’s installment of The Voice.
For music more on the rock side, check out Real Life Trash Mag from Burlington, ON’s Say Yes. Toronto’s Ferraro handles more old time style rock ‘n’ roll on Losing Sleep. Winnipeg’s Yes We Mystic begins taking us into alternative rock territory with the gritty and dreamy Forgiver. Fusing pop, rock, and alternative together is the always creative Joseph Edgar and album Ricochets. He is originally from Moncton, NB but based in Montreal. Always good, Montreal’s 70s-style progressive rock outfit Huis presents latest album Neither in Heaven, released digitally on March 31, and to be out on CD May 6.
Alternative releases include Manifeste contre la peur from Granby, QC’s VioleTT Pi and Waltzed in from the Rumbling by Montreal’s Plants and Animals. As Anglo music has spiralled out of control in France, many French artists are relocating to Montreal where hearty regulations keep Franco music a staple of the airwaves in Quebec. Ludo Pin, born and raised in Paris, is now enjoying the Montreal scene and releases alternative album Les moyens du bord. From Saint-Eustache, QC, Mathieu Bérubé‘s Saudade is more of a singer-songwriter alternative work, melodic and beautiful. Alternative EPs include Goodbye Something from Halifax’s Walrus and Mercury from Vancouver based The Tourist Company.
For folk or singer-songwriter works, we have Out of the Box from Quebec City’s Jack Lavoie Band and Soft Summer from Toronto’s Tim Moxam. Both are English language works. In terms of singer-songwriter designed for children, find Franco album Le monde est petit by Atlas Géocircus.
April 29 is a huge release date for country music. Among the choices are Free Soul from Maple Ridge, BC’s Madeline Merlo and Grace & Grit from Burlington, ON’s Meghan Patrick. Both are excellent. For old school country with covers, New Brunswick Acadian and Quebec City musicians Albert Bobin and Denis Champoux team up for gorgeous greatest hits double album Les legendes du country. Hockey pro turned country superstar Chad Brownlee settles on an EP release entitled Hearts on Fire. He’s originally from Ogopogo territory, Kelowna, BC. Ottawan country superstar Kira Isabella launches brand new single, “I’m So Over Getting Over You”.
Enjoy the new music!