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Dragonette – Let The Night Fall

Dragonette

Dragonette

Canadian synthpop band, Dragonette is back with new single, ‘Let The Night Fall’.

Noting similarities to their huge track ‘Hello’ with Martin Solveig, ‘Let the Night Fall’ has gleaming lead vocals that immediately jump out at you from their dance surroundings.

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Tour dates:

2 July // Sumol Summer Fest in Ericeira, Portugal // Tickets
11 July // Summer Sensation Music Festival in Sylvan Lake, Canada // Tickets
19 July // Panamania in Toronto, Canada // FREE

Sounds like: Icona Pop, OH Land, Martin Solveig, Little Boots

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Of Verona – Dark In My Imagination

Of Verona

Of Verona

Of Verona was formed by Mandi Perkins (vocals) and Dillon Pace (multi-instrumental and production) in Los Angeles in 2010. Jeff Sojka later joined them.

Describing themselves as a rock band with an electronic heartbeat, Of Verona is also known to put on an epic live show with a hypnotic visual element.

Just as hypnotic is the video for their most recent single, ‘Dark In My Imagination’.

Also have a listen to Salda‘s upbeat remix below:

Sounds like: MS MR, Metric, Evvy, Broods, MØ, Kyla La Grange

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For Esmé – You

For Esmé

For Esmé

For Esmé is Martha Meredith, Dave Thiel & Nathan Crook from Toronto.

Produced by James Bunton, the video for their new track ‘You’ follows the band exploring and letting loose in a school late at night.

Join them on their adventure:

Sounds like: Chvrches, The Naked and Famous, Priest, MS MR, Robyn, Lilt, Prinze George, Purity Ring, GEMS, Vogue Dots, NONONO, Mt. Eden

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Brave Shores – More Like You

Brave Shores

Brave Shores

Brave Shores is Toronto-based brother-sister duo.

Their track ‘More Like You’ has finally reached the UK. We are not sure why it took so long!!

It is a chilled and dreamy serenade.

Their self-titled EP is out now via Universal Canada and can be purchased on iTunes.

Sounds like: Broken Bells, MGMT, Phantogram, Susanne Sundfør, Pistol Shrimp, Sibling, Washed Out, Strange Names

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Young Empires – The Gates

Young Empires

Young Empires

Young Empires is Matthew Vlahovich, Jacob Palahnuk and Taylor Hill from Toronto.

Despite new single ‘The Gates’ sounding like a sparkling melodic indie track, it has a deeper meaning for the trio, who describe the track as being “…essentially about fighting through depression and self-doubt… understanding and accepting that things will never be perfect. It suggests that by uniting with those around us (that may or not struggle with same), we can overcome this feeling of isolation that is so commonplace in this world.”

The track is produced by Stephen Kozmeniuk (Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Hurts).

Sounds like: The Hurts, Sir Sly, Pistol Shrimp, Gypsy & The Cat, Brotherun, Temper Trap, Dive In, Satellite Stories, Young Kato, Ghost Beach

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Etiquette – Attention Seeker

Etiquette

Etiquette

Time for some hazy scenescape make-out music from Toronto based Julie Fadar and Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), aka Etiquette.

Sweet grungy bass lines and delicate vocals on ‘Attention Seeker’ immediately get our attention.

Listen to the track, and the rest of the album, below:

The band’s debut album ‘Reminisce’ will be released on 24 March via Toronto’s Hand Drawn Dracula, which can be pre-ordered here.

Tour Dates

25 March Toronto ON : The Drake Underground *
26 March Hamilton ON : The Baltimore House *
27 March Montreal PQ : Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. *
28 March Guelph ON : Silence *
23 April Waterloo ON : The Starlight #
24 April Hamilton ON : Mills Hardware #
29 April Kingston ON : The Grad Club #
01 May Ottawa ON : Ritual #

* = w/ Program
# = w/ Cold Specks

Sounds like: Washed Out, Be Forest, HAERTS, Lykke Li

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For Esmé – Just Yet

For Esmé - Just Yet

For Esmé – Just Yet

For Esmé is Toronto-based band that is giving us some real deep electronica feelings right now.

The band consists of three friends, Martha, Nathan and Dave, who all met through a mutual friend.

Dave filled in last minute for a show in Montreal and enjoyed playing with For Esmé so much that he packed his stuff into the tour van the next morning and moved to Toronto.

The echoey vocals from Martha on their debut track ‘Just Yet’ are accompanied by lush pulsating beats. The track has been co-produced by James Bunton.

Sounds like: Chvrches, The Naked and Famous, Priest, MS MR, Robyn, Lilt, Prinze George, Purity Ring, GEMS, Vogue Dots, NONONO, Mt. Eden

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Lowell – I Love You Money

Lowell  Photo Credit: by Norman Wong

Lowell
Photo Credit: by Norman Wong

A classically trained musician, Toronto-based singer Lowell suffers from a rare neurological condition known as synaesthesia which causes her to process sound as colours thus having a huge influence on her music and visions.

Despite the fun and chaotic video for ‘I Love You Money’, Lowell writes to empower herself as much as her listeners. Lyrics openly tackle sexual abuse, rape, abortion, and women’s rights. She stridently addresses the lack of LGBT rights in our society as well the ignorance about (and simultaneous obsession with) homosexuality.

Lowell releases her debut album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’ in the UK on 9 March through Arts & Crafts.

Sounds like: M.I.A, Dena, Ji Nilsson, Santigold, Mark Ronson, Icona Pop

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LYON – Catch Me If I Fall

LYON - Catch Me If I Fall

LYON – Catch Me If I Fall

LYON is Canadian Lauren Malyon. In 2013, LYON signed to Canadian label, Black Box Recordings.

She is back with ‘Catch Me If I Fall’, which follows on from her contribution to Wolf Saga’s cover of The Strokes’ ‘You Only Live Once’.

The care-free video is directed by Sean McLeod and watches LYON perform over a catchy and synth-driven production.

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Dominique, Imperial Mammoth, Taylor Swift, NINA

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La+ch – Nights

La+ch

La+ch

Following a hiatus, the Canadian EDM producer, La+ch has teamed up with fellow Canadian Dustbuster to release latest track, ‘Nights’.

The track takes more of a soulful M83-esque direction with falsetto lyrics and more of a slow paced, and synthy beat.

With the pair promising more new music in the coming weeks, in addition to their production contributions to upcoming new releases from fellow sideways members, Coleman Hell and Shan Vincent de Paul (SVDP), this production team is quickly becoming prolific within dance and indie music circles.

The track is taken from the new EP, which has an anticipated due date of 4 November.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Young The Giant, M83, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, Miike Snow

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