New Releases June 3, 2016

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With some high profilers dropping seismic shakeups this week, the overall number of releases is a tad lower than usual. We have six LPs and three EPs to tell you about.

In alphabetical order by artist, full length albums begin with this week’s finest work (to our ears). It is Love & Lust by Toronto’s Jadea Kelly. A singer-songwriter juggernaut, it echoes some of the rich roots and progressive fusion of artists like Beth Ornton and Lissie. We recommend checking it out.

For country, or Née country to be more precise, Saint-Tite, QC’s Manon Bédard serves a disc of pure fun and even does some yodelling.

Montreal’s Nomadic Massive does a very impressive job with pleasant rap album, The Big Band Theory, one of the year’s better contributions to the genre.

For those who dig rock tipped towards the gear-cracking blues side, enjoy Relentless from Montreal’s The Paul DesLauriers Band.

When Atlantic Canadians do pop, the final product tends to have an extra special earthy quality, and the major label debut self-titled album from Halifax’s Ria Mae is a beauty.

Finally, Love You To Death has topped iTunes. It is Calgarian twin sister duo Tegan & Sara‘s highly anticipated followup to JUNO-winning pop breakthrough album Heartthrob. Is it as good as Heartthrob? Well, that all depends on whom you ask.

Onto the EPs, Lindsay, ON rock group The Kents deliver music ripe for Waking to, fabulous Montreal pop outfit Lily K.O. treats us to a more dancey remix album of Le Chaos, and Hamilton, ON’s Matt Paxton goes full throttle on the indie treatment to country EP Let Me Rock ‘n Roll Tonight.

Expect reviews from us on a few of these charmers in a bit.