New Releases Early August 2019: Electric Youth, Drake…

The wait is over! Having dropped one of the finest albums of the decade, 2014’s Innerworld, Ontarian duo Electric Youth is back with new LP Memory Emotion. Bronwyn and Austin were busy a couple of years ago putting together the soundtrack for film Breathing, having become credible with their contribution to the soundtrack of Ryan Gosling’s Drive (“A Real Hero”). The new album is simply superb.

Raptors fanatic Drake dusted off some songs from the attic to present them in a Care Package to his fans. Theses were cuts that were shelved as they did not quite make … the cut.

Also notable … pop slayer Kayla Diamond dons her Henley with EP Dirty Laundry and JUNO nominee The Franklin Electric endeavours to get In Your Head with a shiny new disc.

Find these and more releases from August 2 – August 9 in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Care Package Drake (JW) Rap
Really Well Mauno Alternative
Sirène & Matelot  Sirène & Matelot  S-S/Folk
Transistor Sister, Vol. 2 Shotgun Jimmie Rock
Hard Time Jeremie Albino Country Blues
Hard to Say, Not Knowing Little You, Little Me Punk Rock
Memory Emotion Electric Youth Electronic Pop
Need You HMLT R&B
Diamonds & Dust (EP) Owen Barney Country
Dirty Laundry (EP) Kayla Diamond Pop
In Your Head (EP) The Franklin Electric (JN) Alternative

New Releases July 2019: Keys N Krates, Rezz, Sum 41…

New singles are all the buzz today. Among the high-profile artists dropping them are Alessia Cara (“Ready”), Chocolat (“Fou fou fou mon minou / Heavy”), Tegan and Sara (“I’ll Be Back Someday”), and Majid Jordan (“Caught Up”). Pop star Alyssa Reid is featured in new country track “Somebody Like You” from up and comer Owen Barney.

Oshawa’s Lennon Stella is featured in “Takeaway”, a track from global hitsters The Chainsmokers. It has scaled up to #5 at iTunes. The legend who is Buffy Sainte-Marie is included on the soundtrack for upcoming blockbuster feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The song in question is “The Circle Game”.

Some JUNO winners dropped albums in July, notably hard rock band Sum 41 with Order in Decline, EDM outfit Keys N Krates with A Beat Tape for Your Friends, and Beyond the Senses (EP) from Rezz, a more experimental offering from her. JUNO nominees dropping discs are rapper Tre Mission with Orphan Black and metal group Metz with Automat. Find these and more Canadian artist releases below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A Beat Tape for Your Friends Keys N Krates (JW) Dance
What We Say in Private Ada Lea Alternative
Order in Decline Sum 41 (JW) Rock
Planetary Clairvoyance Tomb Mold Metal
Acadian Dream Cy S-S/Folk
Orphan Black Tre Mission (JN) Rap
Who Is the Baker? Laura Barrett S-S/Folk
Friday Monkey House Jazz
Black Dove (EP) Amaal R&B/Soul
Binary Garden (EP) Auras Metal
Automat (EP) Metz (JN) Metal
Saudade (EP) Chris LaRocca R&B/Soul
Beyond the Senses (EP) Rezz (JW) Alternative
Sweet Dreams till Sunbeams (EP) Neon Dreams Pop
Freddie Future (EP) Freddie Future Alternative
Sea Shells (EP) Soviets, Chaix & Jeff Spec Rap
Sonoglyph Pt. 1 (EP) Kotek Alternative
Into the Light (EP) Chris Assaad S-S/Folk

Gold/Platinum Certifications: These Two Tracks Reach 8x Platinum

It has been a while since we posted updates on gold and platinum certifications from Music Canada. Two singles have achieved 8x platinum status over the past several months: “Body” by Loud Luxury and “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. The latter’s album Beauty Behind the Madness has reached the quintuple platinum mark. Other highlights include classic 80s number “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” from British Columbian rock group Chilliwack going platinum. Find below a hefty table of the newest certifications, sorted alphabetically by artist. See if the table includes any of your favourites.

TITLE ARTIST CERTIFICATION
INSCAPE Alexandra Stréliski GOLD ALBUM
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire PLATINUM ALBUM
Old Crows / Young Cardinals Alexisonfire PLATINUM ALBUM
This Could Be Anywhere… Alexisonfire Gold Single
Young Cardinals Alexisonfire Gold Single
High Noon Arkells PLATINUM ALBUM
Knocking At The Door Arkells Platinum Single
Walls Fall Down Bedouin Soundclash Gold Single
Ballerina Belly Platinum Single
What You Want (ft. The Weeknd) Belly Gold Single
Hit & Run Big Sugar GOLD ALBUM
Anthem Brett Kissel Gold Single
Shine A Light Bryan Adams GOLD ALBUM
Two Punks In Love bülow Gold Single
Fly At Night Chilliwack Gold Single
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) Chilliwack Platinum Single
Bring Me Your Love City and Colour 2x PLATINUM ALBUM
Comin’ Home City and Colour Platinum Single
Fragile Bird City and Colour Platinum Single
Grand Optimist City and Colour Platinum Single
If I Should Go Before You City and Colour GOLD ALBUM
Little Hell City and Colour 2x PLATINUM ALBUM
Lover Come Back City and Colour Gold Single
Save Your Scissors City and Colour Platinum Single
Sleeping Sickness City and Colour Platinum Single
The Girl City and Colour Platinum Single
Thirst City and Colour Gold Single
Wasted Love City and Colour Gold Single
No Pressure (ft. Snoop Dogg) Classified Gold Single
Roses Coeur de pirate PLATINUM ALBUM
Lifted Dallas Smith Gold Single
One Little Kiss Dallas Smith Gold Single
Sky Stays This Blue Dallas Smith Gold Single
Slow Rollin’ Dallas Smith Gold Single
Best Part (ft. H.E.R.) Daniel Caesar 2x Platinum Single
Get You (ft. Kali Uchis) Daniel Caesar 2x Platinum Single
We Find Love Daniel Caesar Gold Single
Who Hurt You? Daniel Caesar Gold Single
Dirt Dean Brody PLATINUM ALBUM
Bad Habits Delaney Jane Gold Single
In My Feelings Drake 5x Platinum Single
Not Going Home DVBBS 2x Platinum Single
IDWK DVBBS & Blackbear Platinum Single
La La Land (ft. Delaney Jane) DVBBS & Shaun Frank Gold Single
Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine 2x Platinum Single
Better Off Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine Gold Single
Get What You Give Felix Cartal Platinum Single
Love Me Felix Cartal & Lights Gold Single
Après Fred Pellerin GOLD ALBUM
À jamais Ginette Reno PLATINUM ALBUM
Blood//Water grandson Gold Single
Turn Your Love Half Moon Run Gold Single
Make You Mine High Valley Platinum Single
She’s With Me High Valley Platinum Single
Got Your Name On It Jade Eagleson Gold Single
Chills James Barker Band Platinum Single
Keep It Simple James Barker Band Gold Single
Gone Long Gone Jason Benoit Gold Single
Dead Or Alive Jazz Cartier Gold Single
Imported (with 6LACK) Jessie Reyez Gold Single
Chances Jill Barber GOLD ALBUM
Bound To You Jocelyn Alice Gold Single
Dum Dee Dum Keys N Krates Gold Single
Killamonjaro KILLY Platinum Single
No Sad No Bad KILLY Platinum Single
Nouveaux riches Loud Gold Single
Toutes les femmes savent danser Loud Platinum Single
Une année record Loud GOLD ALBUM
Body (ft. Brando) Loud Luxury 8x Times Platinum Single
Love No More Loud Luxury x anders Platinum Single
Love Michael Buble PLATINUM ALBUM
Bad Habits NAV GOLD ALBUM
Myself NAV Platinum Single
Up NAV Platinum Single
Wanted You (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) NAV 2x Platinum Single
Perfect Timing Nav & Metro Boomin GOLD ALBUM
Superficial Love Ruth B Gold Single
The Intro Ruth B GOLD ALBUM
Hang Ups Scott Helman Gold Single
Kinda Complicated Scott Helman Gold Single
Let You Get Away (feat. Ashe) Shaun Frank Gold Single
Señorita Shawn Mendes & C. Cabello Platinum Single
Home For A Rest Spirit Of The West Platinum Single
In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company The Dead South Gold Single
Feeling Good The Sheepdogs Platinum Single
The Sheepdogs The Sheepdogs PLATINUM ALBUM
Spirits The Strumbellas 3x Platinum Single
Christmas Together The Tenors GOLD ALBUM
Acquainted The Weeknd Platinum Single
Angel The Weeknd Gold Single
As You Are The Weeknd Gold Single
Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd 5x PLATINUM ALBUM
Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd 8x Times Platinum Single
Dark Times The Weeknd Gold Single
Earned It The Weeknd 5x Platinum Single
False Alarm The Weeknd Platinum Single
High For This The Weeknd Platinum Single
Hurt You The Weeknd Gold Single
I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 5x Platinum Single
In The Night The Weeknd 2x Platinum Single
Often The Weeknd 3x Platinum Single
Prisoner The Weeknd Gold Single
Real Life The Weeknd Gold Single
Reminder The Weeknd 3x Platinum Single
Secrets The Weeknd Platinum Single
Sidewalks The Weeknd Platinum Single
Tell Your Friends The Weeknd Gold Single
The Hills The Weeknd 7x Times Platinum Single
True Colors The Weeknd Platinum Single
Wicked Games The Weeknd 2x Platinum Single
With You Tyler Shaw Platinum Single

The Polaris Prize Short List For 2019 Is Out Now

Stay Tuned! Quebec’s Dominique Fils-Aimé heralds the slate alphabetically with her R&B album. It is one of 10 Canadian records that have been shortlisted for the annual Polaris Music Prize, a cash reward of $50,000 presented to the disc of music deemed by judges to have the most artistic merit. Dominique’s provincial cohorts Elisapie and FET.NAT join her with singer-songwriter disc The Ballad of the Runaway Girl and alternative album Le Mal respectively.

Ontario’s Haviah Mighty caught the judges’ ears rapping on the 13th Floor. Also from the province of black flies and horseshoe falls is R&B JUNO winner Jessie Reyez who gets the nod for Being Human in Public.

The CMB’s pick of the batch is Les Louanges‘ alternative LP La nuit est une panthère. Working Class Woman Marie Davidson follows with another alternative effort. Both artists hail from Montreal. Toronto alt-rock outfit PUP attracted attention with some Morbid Stuff. Well-known rapper Shad, a JUNO winner, is shortlisted for A Short Story About a War. Finally, BC’s Snotty Nose Rez Kids make the grade with Trapline, another rap album.

Unlike the past couple of years, there is no clear frontrunner for the 2019 award. Any of these could find themselves 50 grand richer. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on September 16.

CCMA Announces Nominations for 2019 Country Music Awards

The annual CCMA Awards takes place this year in our 4th largest city – Calgary – on September 8. Two performers have thus far been announced – Alberta’s Tenille Townes (pictured above) and Old Dominion. Local lad Paul Brandt will be receiving a humanitarian award. The Canadian Country Music Association has unveiled the artist nominees, and they are as below. Find musician, radio, and industry nominees at the CCMA website. You can vote for the Fans’ Choice award here.

The gentlemen rule in most categories, while the ladies fare better in the Single of the Year and, most especially, Video of the Year sets.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Fall – Dallas Smith
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 – Paul Brandt
Love A Girl – Tebey
New Tattoo – Tim Hicks
State Of Mind – Hunter Brothers

FANS’ CHOICE
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

RISING STAR
Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons of Daughters

ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways – Donovan Woods
Heart Of Glass – Jessica Mitchell
Juliet – Dan Davidson
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar – Gord Bamford
Good Together – James Barker Band
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody’s Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camouflage – Jess Moskaluke
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

News and New Releases June – July 2019

Those who began watching Season 3 of hit television series Stranger Things were pleasantly surprised to see it open up with a Canadian song – Corey Hart‘s “Never Surrender”, the biggest hit of 1985. The characters in the show were even singing along to it! Corey was not the only Canadian icon featured in the season, as actor Michael J. Fox made an appearance of sorts; blockbuster feature film Back to the Future was showing on the cinema screen during an episode. It may also be news to some that the actor who plays star Mike Wheeler – Finn Wolfhard – is Canadian; Finn is from Vancouver. We should have learned by now, however, that there really are … stranger things … than CanCon in Hollywood.

There have not been a lot of releases the past couple of weeks as things slow down for the summer. JUNO award winner Daniel Caesar launched his album Case Study 01. An eponymous rock album appeared from Espanola. The Pearl of Bermuda, Heather Nova, a Canadian citizen, contributed a singer-songwriter disc. Navet Confit got very alternative on a prime ministerial kinda party. And punk band Necking advised, Cut Your Teeth. EPs included Adam Baxter‘s Infinity, Jonah Yano‘s Nervous, Andre Papanicolaou‘s Modern Pain, Part. 2, and Sons of DaughtersLove in a Bar.

2019 Polaris Music Prize Long List Includes Laurence-Anne, Shay Lia,…

Slayers Carly Rae Jepsen, Jean Leloup, Loud, and Shawn Mendes find their albums longlisted for 2019’s Polaris Music Prize, a smattering of 40 great Canadian albums. The prize looks at both LPs and EPs released between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. In fact, 19 are 2018 albums and 21 are 2019 works. The list includes 10 JUNO award winners plus nine nominees. Unlike last year, there is no clear frontrunner in this year’s batch making for an exciting run to the cash award of $50,000. The jury of 199 members considered a mere 233 albums. The Short List of 10 albums will be unveiled on July 16 and the winner announced at the annual gala in Toronto on September 16. Find the longlisted albums below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Inscape Alexandra Streliski Classical
Dedicated Carly Rae Jepsen (JW) Pop
Shape of Your Name Charlotte Cornfield S-S/Folk
Do You Drive? Clairmont the Second (JN) Rap
Heaven Dilly Dally (JN) Alternative
Baby Teeth Dizzy (JW) Alternative
Nameless Dominique Fils-Aimé R&B
Ballad of the Runaway Girl  Elisapie (JN) S-S/Folk
Le Mal FET.NAT Alternative
Dose Your Dreams F–d Up (JN) Punk
13th Floor Haviah Mighty Rap
L’étrange pays Jean Leloup (JW) S-S/Folk
Being Human in Public Jessie Reyez (JW) R&B
Grenades Kaia Kater (JN) S-S/Folk
X Marks the Swirl Kimmortal Rap
La Force La Force Alternative
Dark Beings LAL Alternative
Premiere apparition Laurence-Anne Alternative
Mohawk Lee Harvey Osmond (JN) S-S/Folk
The Steal City EP Lee Reed Rap
La nuit est une panthere Les Louanges Alternative
Tout ça pour ça Loud (JW) Rap
Working Class Woman Marie Davidson Alternative
Radiant Dawn Operators Alternative
Pony Orville Peck Alternative
Morbid Stuff PUP (JN) Alternative
Les choses exterieures Salome Leclerc S-S/Folk
In Another Life Sandro Perri Alternative
A Short Story About a War Shad (JW) Rap
Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes (JW) Pop
Dangerous Shay Lia R&B/Soul
Trapline Snotty Nose Rez Kids (JN) Rap
999 sydanie  Rap
The Gumption Tanika Charles (JN) R&B/Soul
Master Volume The Dirty Nil (JW) Rock
Forever Overhead Tim Baker S-S/Folk
Still TOBi  Rap
The Wake Voivod (JW) Metal
In the Land Of Wintersleep (JW) Alternative
The Same but by Different Means Yves Jarvis Alternative

New Releases Summer Solstice 2019: Daphni, BICHAÏ, …

The summer solstice 2019 sees a mixed bag of releases as we near 300 albums and 100 EPs for the year to date. A couple of popular band members have released solo albums, namely Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry with Vol. 2 of his Quiet River of Dust series – That Side of the River – as well as Walk Off the Earth’s (Ryan) Marshall with Layers (see the MV for his collaboration with Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice “Mr. Parachute” below). Both albums are solid and could be classified under the broad alternative category. Also pleasing within the category is Paul Cournoyer‘s Le détroit which has enough musical details to charm the listener.

Many of this week’s EPs are electronic works punctuated by JUNO nominee Daphni‘s Sizzling. Daphni is of course one of the projects (along with Caribou and Manitoba) of Dundas, Ontario’s talented Dan Snaith. We were quite taken with Mimosa Nova from BICHAÏ which has a more nocturnal, chillout jazzy feel, but all four of these electronic EPs are well done.

Find these and more in the table below.

New singles out include “Sweet Love” from Kiesza, perhaps her best song since her JUNO winning Sound of a Woman stuff. Red hot country artist Meghan Patrick contributes “Wild As Me”. Multiple JUNO nominee Coleman Hell delivers his latest – “Polite”.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
À l’abri de la tempête  François Roy  S-S/Folk
Hiboux Nicolas Gémus  S-S/Folk
Layers Marshall Alternative
Le détroit  Paul Cournoyer  Alternative
Libre Amanda Martinez World
Liminal Spaces Simon Legault Trio  Jazz
Space Grade Assembly Possum Rock
That Side of the River Richard Reed Parry Alternative
Angels & Daemons (EP) Nautiluss Electronic
Beach Music (EP) Daniel Wesley S-S/Folk
Funny Girl (EP) Georgette Pop
Geneva Freeport (EP) Absolutely Free Alternative
Lost in Spirals (EP) Little Snake Electronic
Mimosa Nova (EP) BICHAÏ  Electronic
Sizzling (EP) Daphni (JN) Electronic
Wilde Eyes, Steady Hands (EP) JJ Wilde Rock

Somi Gives Canadian K-pop New Muscle

Somi is a Canadian singer originally from Ontario and now based in South Korea giving Canadian K-pop some new muscle. She’s just 18 years old, and she’s killin’ it. The MV for her debut solo single “Birthday” has been out only two days and accumulated over 11 million views. It is Top 30 on the YouTube trending chart. The song has crowned the major K-pop charts. Somi’s full name is Ennik Somi Douma. The flashy, colourful MV is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Go Somi!  iTunes

June 14, 2019 Releases: Old Man Luedecke, Claudia Bouvette

Nova Scotian folk slayer Old Man Luedecke, a multiple JUNO winner, returns with his latest disc, Easy Money. With three JUNO nominees, he commands the new releases this week. Electropop maestro Jérôme Minière offers his latest minion of fun, Une clairière. Rapper Killy kills it with a long play record entitled Light Path 8. Pop specialist Virginia to Vegas releases an EP on Hartland St.

Outselling all of these (digitally at least) is Cool It from pop newcomer Claudia Bouvette (see MV for track “Don’t Like It” below). Also worth checking out are alternative album Les vents violents from Phile and R&B flavoured house EP Corazón from BC’s Pat Lok. Find these and more in the table of new releases below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Calm and Cents Kevin Hearn Alternative
Cool It Claudia Bouvette  Pop
Easy Money Old Man Luedecke (JW) S-S/Folk
Fates Conspire Glenn Milchem S-S/Folk
Hunters Trance Cat Clyde S-S/Folk
Les vents violents  Phile Alternative
Light Path 8 Killy (JN) Rap
Migrations Jacques Kuba Seguin  Jazz
Night Mirror New Swears Alternative
Quatre climats habitables feu doux Alternative
Times Nomadic Massive  Rap
Underneath It All Hein Cooper Alternative
Une clairiere Jerome Miniere (JN) Alternative
Corazon (EP) Pat Lok Dance
Cruel as the Grave (EP) Catacomb Saints Alternative
Hartland St. (EP) Virginia to Vegas (JN) Pop

June 7, 2019 Releases: Blitz/Berlin, Hollerado, Northern Pikes…

Three JUNO nominees pilot this week’s new Canadian artist releases. Instrumental outfit Blitz/Berlin offers its latest, There Will Be No Miracles Here. Alt-rock group Hollerado returns with Retaliation Vacation. And, sixteen years after the last studio album, Forest of Love appears from Saskatoon rock band The Northern Pikes.

Charmers include a self-titled work from Badge Époque Ensemble a collective of musicians that includes US Girls’ live band put together by Toronto’s Maximilian ‘Twig” Turnbull. It may remind some of 60s jazz-rock lengthy jams. Very cool stuff. Jacques Surette of Nova Scotia contributes a gorgeous album entitled Marche, Marche, Marche containing extremely catchy folk-rooted singer-songwriter nuggets. As far as EPs go, Jip LessCap sur l’éclaircie showcases a batch of pleasant songs that should hit the spot for music lovers.

Find these and more in the table below but first…

Some delectable singles and music videos have hit the shops. We will profile a couple of these later, but be sure not to miss the MV for radio hit “Love Me” by Felix Cartal & Lights. Award winning singer Alicia Moffet enjoys a shockingly spectacular comeback with R&B song “Take Control”. Believe it or not, it debuted on top of the iTunes chart and sits at #4 at this writing. Few do vocals better than Alicia. We haven’t heard from City and Colour for a while, but not to worry, he’s still got it as proven on his new single “Astronaut”. Country artist Jessica Mitchell features Tim Hicks on her new song, “Somebody Gonna Get Hurt”.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Badge Époque Ensemble Badge Époque Ensemble Rock
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion Country
BloodMyth Ensign Broderick Alternative
Déséquilibre Marc-Antoine Beaudoin  Alternative
Dovetale Krief Alternative
Forest of Love The Northern Pikes (JN) Rock
Here Tonight Taylor Knox Rock
Marche, marche, marche Jacques Surette S-S/Folk
Monami Foreign Diplomats  Alternative
Retaliation Vacation Hollerado (JN) Alternative
Sainte-Foy KNLO Rap
Skye Consort & Emma Björling  Skye Consort & Emma Björling  World
Skye Wallace Skye Wallace Rock
There Will Be No Miracles Here Blitz/Berlin (JN) Alternative
Cap sur l’éclaircie (EP) Jip Less  S-S/Folk
Dark Cloud (EP) Jay Whiss Rap
Goodbye, Lightspeed (EP) JT Soul Rap
Kadooh (EP) Kadooh Country
Maybe – Side B (EP) Valley Pop
RoseGarage  (EP) RoseGarage  Rock
Vicelove (EP) Sam Drysdale Pop

May 31, 2019 Releases: Jim Cuddy, Tara Kannangara…

One of the nation’s best known roots artists launches new album Countrywide Soul; Jim Cuddy is a multiple JUNO winner. Along similar lines and also with a JUNO trophy on his shelf, Justin Rutledge releases Passages. A trio of JUNO nominees join them. Singer-songwriter Jenn Grant contributes Love, Inevitable. Also are a couple of jazz artists. Kevin Breit presents guitar-oriented album Stella Bella Strada, and our favourite album of the week belongs to Tara Kannangara with the very nicely done It’s Not Mine Anymore. Find a total of 20 new releases in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A contre-courant Pierrot Fournier  S-S/Folk
Agitpop Lowest of the Low Rock
Apres vous Alex Thériault  S-S/Folk
Baby You Can Free Your Mind Mind Bath  Alternative
Bangerz Brass Bangerz Brass Rap
Black Mamba Les Évadés  Jazz
Corps coquillage Laura Babin Alternative
Countrywide Soul Jim Cuddy (JW) Country
It’s Not Mine Anymore Tara Kannangara (JN) Jazz
Love Jean-Paul De Roover S-S/Folk
Love, Inevitable Jenn Grant (JN) S-S/Folk
More Harm Than Good Part 2… Nomvdslvnd Alternative
NightDrive The Liquor Store R&B/Soul
Passages Justin Rutledge (JW) S-S/Folk
Sky Patrick Ballantyne Rock
Stella Bella Strada Kevin Breit (JN) Jazz
Untl We’re Each Someone Else Stuck Out Here Rock
Les Heures maladives (EP) vice E roi S-S/Folk
Relaxe (EP) Emmanuel Travis  R&B/Soul
Rires jaunes (EP) Moutarde Baseball  Rap

Akua Flows from Those Spirits to Them Spirits

London, Ontario’s Akua Carson, a Canadian of Ghanaian descent, is a singer, producer, and songwriter whose rich brews of musical genius embrace R&B, pop, and electronic flavours. She released 7-track album Them Spirits in March 2019, a superb disc dressed handsomely with her silky vocals and spellbinding in terms of its dreamy atmospherics. The beautiful package flows gracefully. In fact, opening track “Righteous Way” would have lulled us into a perfect snooze, but the nice addition of carefully placed piano strokes kept consciousness alive. “Heaven” (see official audio below), the standout track, will blow your mind. It builds gradually from a velvety slow-burn to a shuffle of bass and soft cords, and finally to an exhilarating electronic heavy chorus. “My Body”, musically sophisticated, throws in some interesting sounds to drool over. Akua shows some vocal prowess on track “Queen” satisfyingly backed by orchestral tip-toes. Lyrically, Akua centers the album’s theme on the passing of her father. Count Them Spirits as one to check out.  iTunes

10 Things to Know About the May 28, 2019 Charts

1. The drought of CanCon in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 continues. Although there are a few tracks involving Canadian artists, no officially Canadian song appears in the Top 40. The highest charting CanCon track is “Love Me” by Felix Cartal & Lights, at #49 on the Hot 100.

2. “Old Town Road” spends its 7th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The novelty song from rapper Lil Nas X featuring country singer Billy Ray Cyrus was co-penned by industrial band Nine Inch Nails’ members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross c/o “34 Ghosts IV”.

3. Carly Rae Jepsen‘s fourth studio album Dedicated enters the Albums chart at #16. Debuting on top is Father Of Asahd from US artist DJ Khaled.

4. Half of the Top 10 albums are debuts. Besides Father of Asahd, Tyler the Creator’s Igor enters at #2, The National’s I Am Easy to Find at #4, Rammstein’s German-language self-titled effort at #5, and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent at #10.

5. Now behind “Old Town Road”, “I Don’t Care” from Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber slips from the top spot to #2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. The song snatches the melody from Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Too Much”.

6. “Sucker” from The Jonas Brothers crowns four radio format charts: Hot 100 Airplay, All Format, CHR, and Hot AC.

7. “Lo/Hi” from The Black Keys continues its reign at Rock Radio; Arkells‘ “Hand Me Downs” is tops for a Canadian act at #4.

8. “Keep It Simple” becomes James Barker Band‘s second number one single at Country Radio replacing fellow Canadian MacKenzie Porter‘s “About You”. It is the ninth song from a homegrown artist to reach the summit in 2019.

9. AC Radio is thinking Pink who has the #1 song at the format – “Walk Me Home”. Scott Helman helms the Canadian contingent with “Hang Ups” at #3.

10. With the success of “Love Me” with Lights, Felix Cartal is the champ on the Emerging Artists chart.

“Sometimes, All the Time” Breaks Into iTunes Top 10

The most popular track off Canadian rapper Loud‘s 2019 album Tout ça pour ça broke into the iTunes Top 10 today. “Sometimes, All the Time” features singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin. Francophone rapper Loud gained more nation-wide exposure when he performed at the JUNO awards earlier this year in a performance with Coeur de pirate. A previous single of his, “Toutes les femmes savent danser”, charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone platinum. The catchy new track combines rapping with singing, male with female vocals, and is bilingual with lyrics in both English and French. Radio stations across the country who do not have a problem with playing Spanish and Korean songs, would do everyone a favour by adding this winner to their playlists. Check out the MV below (nearing a quarter million views at this writing) and support these two fine talents by grabbing a copy off iTunes.