Top Indie Electronic Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

May 30, 2014 in Ambient, Dance, Disco, Dream Pop, Electro, Electrogoth, Electronic, Electronica, Experimental, Free downloads, Hip Hop, House, PR&B, Synthpop, Techno, Top 2014, Witch House

Hugo Bianco – “Taurus” (Alberto Ruiz remix) {Techno/House}

Normally we’re not a fan of remixes (only because there’s only so many Beyoncé/Ellie Goulding/Rihanna remixes a girl can delete in one sitting…) but this one definitely stood out for us. Hugo Bianco is a Miami-based DJ, and if you like this track you can buy it via Beatport for £1.12 here.

Suren Unka –  ”130″ {Electro/House}

This here is our first electronic Kiwi submission to make our lists which makes the track extra special, but we’re especially digging the tinges of world music heard in the tune (what do you expect from a track with a meditating tiger on its cover?) This song is off his latest release El Chupacabra (or to us ADHD Star Wars nerds: El Chewbacca), and you can buy it for $17.90 via iTunes.

White Birches – “Take Me Dancing” {Witch House/Synthpop}

In case you haven’t figured out our Canadian-y “bands with tree names” obsession (Exhibit A; Exhibit B.) it was only a matter of time before this track swept us off our feet with its broomy, witch house vibes. The track is off their debut EP Stands Of White Birches which was released on April 22nd, and you can stream it in full for free over at their Soundcloud page.

Stereodyssey – “Deep Space” {Synythpop}

We love us some cheesy synth just because it makes us feel like two-year-old kids again, but this track proves that there’s a darker, deeper and more mysterious side to the synth than we’ve ever heard before. The group is based out of Florida, and you can buy their Memory Bank Vol. II Moon Songs EP as a name-your-price download here.

Arkatec & Anselmo – “Reach Around” {Techno/Dance}

This is some true-blue, fist-pumping and robot material right here (I can see the swirling rave lights already…) If you like this song make sure you check out Arkatec’s Soundcloud, YouTube and Facebook pages, and give him a follow on Beatport as well.

DAVIDS – “Iranians” {Synthpop/Electronica}

Besides the KANYE KAPS LOCK name, it was the the magnificent circular hairdo and 80s wardrobes in this epic video that first got our attention. The group is based out of Toronto, and this is the second single off their debut EP 0613EP which you can as a name-your-price download here.

Low Res – “11.23″ {Experimental/Hip Hop} + Free downloads

You know that feeling you get when you put a song on as background music, but then it ends up being so great you drop everything that you’re doing? That’s pretty much what this song did for us; (paying the bills can wait…right?) This track is off his latest release Outside which is currently available as a free download over at his Bandcamp page.

Chic – “Everybody Dance” (Few Friends Edit) {House/Disco} + Free download

This Belgian disco is so hot I’m about to drown in my own sweat (I am Canadian; we don’t handle the heat very well…) Few Friends is actually a duo consisting of two Belgian producers, and if you like their work you can download the track for free in the player below, and give them some “Like” love on Facebook too.

Film/Noir – “Limbo” {Electronic/Dream Pop} + Free downloads

From the trance-y tribal synthbone to the addictive bassline, this track exceeded all our expectations when it comes to electro submissions. The project is led by a 19-year-old Londoner (who we already covered in one of our Top 5 Indie Tracks of the Week posts), and you can download two of his tracks for free via Soundcloud.

Lennox Row – “I Knov You’we Been (Sin) There” {Ambient/Experimental}

A rare Polish submission is a fine submission indeed, but the fact that this track is so complex you can almost get lost in it made it extra special to our ears. The group is based out of Krakow, and you can download their latest release (J’ai Une âme Solitaire) as a name-your-price download here.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 3}

May 28, 2014 in Alternative, Experimental, Fuzz Rock, Garage Rock, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Tribal, Tribal Rock

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Yelephants – “Five Tulips” {Indie/Garage Rock} + Free downloads

We wouldn’t be true-blue Empire Records nerds without giving a shout-out to a band with a wicked name, but luckily our love for this group goes well beyond the “Yelephant.” (Their album is called You Look Divorced. That is all.) They’re based out of New Orleans, and you can download their new album in its entirety for free over at their Bandcamp page.

Yassou Benedict – “In Fits In Dreams” {Pop/Rock}

Besides getting an immense craving for Eggs Benedict, discovering this Cat Power-y artist was the highlight of our March; (oh yeah, and the video is amazeballs too). You can buy their new album for as little as $5 here, but if you join their mailing list you might even get yourself some “goodies,” whatever that means…

The Lunar Effect – “Getting To Grips With You” {Grunge/Rock}

Has Kurt Cobain been Tupac-dead and living in England this whole time? On the reals though, this is the most Nirvana-like group we’ve come across yet (AKA they’re pretty damn awesome). If you like this song you can buy it for £1 here or download their entire album for £4 here.

Calliope – “Casino” {Garage Rock}

We didn’t find it too surprising that Calliope recorded their latest LP Orbis in a remote cabin in the northern woods of Wisconsin, only because any Canadian redneck can tell you that magical things can happen in the woods; (like whatever goes down in Austra’s crazy music videos, for instance…) If you like their work you should give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Janitors – “Homecoming Queer (Ain’t That A Man)” {Fuzz/Garage Rock}

We first covered this song back in March, but after the Eurovision Song Contest it got stuck in our head again (for whatever reason…) and are we ever glad it did. If you like the track you can buy it for as little as $1 here, but if you have some extra time be sure to check out the rest of their impressive discography via their Bandcamp page.

Black Flowers Café - “Be” {Alternative Rock}

A trance-y rhythm guitar section, a riff that will win you over immediately…and the fact that they’re cute Italians may have helped a teensy bit…This track is one-half of their intelligently titled album Be/Polar (with the other half being “Polar,” obviously) and you can buy it for as little as €2 here.

Moths & Locusts – “Slumper” {Psych/Tribal Rock}

Moths always seem to have a weird habit of flying directly IN MY FACE, and luckily this band had the same effect otherwise I never would have discovered this track. The band is based out of Vancouver Island (Hollaaaaa) and you can stream a crapton of their past releases via Bandcamp here.

Klozapin – “Perception” {Experimental/Psych Rock}

Their vibe is definitely out there and certainly not for anyone who can’t handle their brain cells being swirled around for a few minutes, but we’re all about overdosing on Klozapin’s “tasty noise rock shake” right about meow. The group is based out of Oneonta, New York and you can download the song as a name-your-price download here.

Vensaire – “Tel Aviv” {Indie Rock/Pop}

Let’s see here…we’re borderline obsessed with Widowspeak’s “Fir Coat,” “True Believer, ” “Locusts,” “Gun Shy“…(you get our drift…) so it seems only fitting that we fell in love with this track as well. This Brooklyn “anti-band” consists of Alex LaLiberte, Widowspeak’s Robert Earl Thomas, the famed club DJ Hunter Hawes, drummer Alex Jacobs and Lanlady’s Renata Zeiguer, and this track is off their debut album Perdix which you can buy for $10 here.

[V] – “Numbers” {Indie Rock} + Free download

We love us some homemade, lo-fi recordings, and this track is living proof that you don’t to spend like a Kardtrashian to come up with something timeless and unforgettable. We already covered this track earlier this year, so in case you missed out on the memo you can download the track for free in the player below.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

May 26, 2014 in Acoustic Punk, Classic Rock, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Surf Rock

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King Mountain Petrol – “Thunder Muscle” {Shoegaze}

We fell in love with this track as soon as we heard it (because there would be something seriously wrong with us if the words “big” loud” and “fuzzy” didn’t grab our attention immediately…) If you want to download their debut EP Tusk (which contains the equally epic track “Minerals“) all you have to do is share their Bandcamp page with at least one other person (and give them instructions to do them same) and you will be sent a download.

Redanda – “1/2 £” {Indie Rock}

We couldn’t help but give our best side-eye when we saw the Reverse Tranny Club album title, but luckily Redanda spelled it all out for us: (“Remember, ‘tranny’ can be defined as: 1. a transvestite 2. the transmission in a motor vehicle 3. photographic transparency 4. a transistor radio.”) Thanks, tips! The band is from Hamilton, Ontario and you can buy their new album for as little as $5 here.

 

The Montauk Project – “The Beast” {Grunge/Rock}

In case you haven’t figured it out by the number of peeps sporting tacky dark purple lipstick, the 90s are like, totally “in” now dude; and evidently grunge has made a musical comeback so far in 2014. These New Yorkers are a prime example of that fact as they sound like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Silverchair all mooshed-up together (AKA a 90s nostalgic wonderland). To buy this track for as little as $0.99 via iTunes click here.

Threesome- “Tellurion”  {Surf Rock}

As if the fact that they’re represented by Ding Dong Records isn’t enough, this group sounds strikingly similar to one of our numero uno favourite Vancouver acts Big John Bates; rockabilly style. This song is off a new 22-track surf compilation titled Monsters Of Surf featuring surfy bands from all over North/South America and Europe, and you can buy the release for $10 here.

The Two Koreas – “Poor Man’s Tony Wilson Blues” {Garage Rock/Pop}

Once we got over the PTS of piddling in our panties, we fully embraced The Two Koreas’ brand spankin’ new release LP Winner (but made sure we bought a pack of diapers before doing so). If you like this song you can buy it for as little as $1 or the entire four-track EP for $4 over at their Bandcamp page.

Pleistocene – “The Band” {Pop/Rock}

If you still listen to Shannon and The Clams’ “Rip Van Winkle” on repeat while you’re cleaning, shopping, or crying yourself to sleep because you’ve had to endure another day of Kimye’s nonstop wedding coverage, then this track is for you. Pleistocene is actually a solo project led by Katie Preston along with “a rotating cast of musicians,” and you can buy her new album Ontario Girls for $7 here.

Howlin’ Hoffman – “Turn Around” {Classic Rock}

This track is more classic and timeless than what Bob Dylan has been trying to pull off these past few decades (which isn’t saying a lot I know…) You can buy their three-track, self-titled release as a name-your-price-download over at their Bandcamp page, but make sure you give them some “Like” love while you’re at it too.

Jargon Party – “Lucy Melanie” {Psych Rock/Pop}

If every submission was like this one we’d be running out of tracks to NOT put in our Top Indie Rock Tracks list; (ain’t no party like a Jargon party!!) We’re digging the classical elements in the song, but the tinges of surf are what really won us over. If you dig their vibe you can buy their new album via iTunes for $8.91 (or each individual track for $0.99) here.

Corporate Hearts – “The Best Times In Disguise” {Acoustic Punk/Rock} + Free downloads

Like a page from early Against Me!/Tom Gabel’s notebook, this track is acoustic punk at its finest, and probably one of the best of its kind to ever grace our Inbox these past couple of years. The band is based out of Philadelphia, and you can download a crapton of their tracks/albums for free (or buy them as a name-your-price download) via their Bandcamp page.

Fragments Of God – “Starcrossed” {Psych Rock/Shoegaze}

This track is like a swirling storm of impressive guitarwork, but that’s not the only thing going on in this tune. There’s also some deliciously psychedelic and experimental rock in there, not to mention a whole lotta other awesomeness. The group is based out of Nashville (because of course) and you can buy their new album for $5 here.

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Top new tracks: Austra, Tori Amos, two new Michael Jackson songs + Bob Dylan covers Frank Sinatra

May 14, 2014 in Classic Pop, Country, Electronic, Electropop, Hardcore, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Witch House

Bob Dylan – “Full Moon & Empty Arms” (Frank Sinatra cover) {Classic Pop/Country}

Good ol’ (as in “really old”) Bobby D. is still churning out tuneage at his ripe age, and despite the fact that it’s a tad on the boring/graspy side you can’t really go wrong when it comes to a classic music god covering another classic music god. And because Bob is the music snob that he is (c’mon…we all know it…) you can only stream the song over at his official website.

To listen to the song click here.

Michael Jackson – “Loving You” + “Blue Gangsta” {Pop}

I feel bad feeding into this posthumous, money-making MJ scheme just so Jermaine Jackson can pay off his child support debt, but the fact that “Loving You” was originally recorded during the 1987 Bad sessions and Timbaland/J-Rocc added their own little touch to the tune helps a teensy bit. The tracks are off MJ’s second(!) posthumous album Xscape which was released yesterday.

Klaxons – “Show Me A Miracle” {Electropop}

Klaxons are back with a tune that happens to share the same words I said to myself before I pressed the play button (they have been releasing some cheesy-as-fuck singles as of late…) But then again James Murphy did help produce their new album and we do have a nasty little LCD Soundsystem bias in case you haven’t figured it out already. This is the fourth single off their third release Love Frequency which is out on June 16th.

Fucked Up – “Led By Hand” ft. J Mascis {Punk/Hardcore}

Don’t let our kind, apologetic exterior fool you, because Canadians can be pretty fucked up and hardcore. (Have you been to a metal concert in the Prairies? I rest my case). This is the second single off the group’s forthcoming album Glass Boys which is being released on June 3rd via Matador.

Austra – “Habitat” {Witch House/Electronic}

Austra is about to make our summer for a second year in a row thanks to their new EP coming out on June 17th, and I’m so damn excited about it I want to ride into the forest on a black horse and participate in a strange Wiccan ritual. (Okay so maybe I’m not THAT excited…). This track is off their EP of the same title which is being released by Paper Bag Records (in Canada) and Domino (everywhere else).

Tori Amos – “16 Shades Of Blue” {Electronic/Pop}

We were caught off-guard by the electronic backbone laced throughout this track (that’s some real Benjamin Button shit right here…) and it just goes to show that Tori Amos can tap into any new movement and perfect it gracefully. This is the third single from her hot-off-the-press album Unrepentant Geraldines, with the first two being “Trouble’s Lament” and the live radio rendition of “Selkie.”

Ruby My Dear – “Nell” {Jazz/Pop}

Normally we hate jazz with a fiery passion but the tinges of Chantal Kreviazuk and Tori Amos in this track ended up winning us over. The group is led by the “Australian-born, New York-based indie jazz darling” Gabbi Coenen, and they’re currently prepping for the release of their second EP which is out later this year.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

May 6, 2014 in Alternative, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Instrumental, Rock

Calan Mai – “We’ve Got Love” {Folk}

Now that Calan Mai has achieved winning a 2006 Australasian Children’s songwriting competition and turning me on with his sexy scruff, the time has come for him to release this debut single which is off his five track EP Days On The Rock Face. The EP isn’t being released until July but if you like his work you can like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter too.

To listen to the song click here.

Hunter & Wolfe – “Paris, Ohio” {Alternative Rock} + Free downloads

If the words “soulful, Walkmen-like vocals” haven’t intrigued you yet then A. You should seriously consider re-evaluating your musical tastes and B. Get the hell off my blog, man! (No wait…please don’t…) You can buy their new album as a name-your-price-download, or get the entire release for free by entering “0″ in the price box.

Urvah Khan – “N.I.B.” (Black Sabbath cover) {Electropop/Experimental} + Free download

My general rule of thumb when it comes to artists who have enough balls to cover classic rock gods like Black Sabbath is that if you’re going to cover them, cover them right; and this artist certainly delivered. Khan is based out of Toronto, and if you like the tune you can download it for free in the player below and “Like” her on Facebook here.

Isaiah Gage – “Washed In The Sunlight” {Experimental}

Familiar, indielicious vocals, chilled-out backbeats, experimental “cello-centric” interludes….there isn’t one thing we didn’t love about this song. Gage is a cellist-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of New York, and he just released his dolo LP Suddenly Home which you can slobber over and/or buy for $7 via his Bandcamp page.

Setsuko – “節子” {Instrumental/Hip Hop} + Free download PIC?

We’ve been a little slow on the hip hop and instrumental fronts as of late (don’t blame me because bands like Kind Of Creatures exist!) so stumbling upon this impressive track was a very special treat indeed. If you like the song you can download it for free here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 1, 2014 in Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Gypsy, Gypsy Punk, independent bands, Instrumental, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rap

Call Me Greenhorn – “Simian Walk” {Experimental/Instrumental}

You know that feeling when you hear a song and instantly feel more badass even though you’re not remotely badass in any sense of the word? Well that’s how we felt after listening to this track. Call Me Greenhorn (but really his name is Magnus Sellergren) is based out of Sweden and he just completed his new album Space Kitty 2000 on March 24th. If you dig his work (as you should) you can buy the release for $7 over at his Bandcamp page.

Psycho Mad Sally – “Marion Sims” {Gypsy Punk/Metal}

And just when we were starting to think that Gogol Bordello was the only gypsy punk band that would ever blow our minds, this Toronto-based group went ahead and Eugene Hütz-ed us with this wicked tune. This track is off their most recent release How II Survive which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Stacey – “Calling Me” (YDID Mix) {Electronic/Pop} + Free downloads

“Stark minimalism turns to grand, ethereal atmosphere” and “lush combinations of effervescent synths” are some of the many elaborate descriptions Stacey sent us in her submission e-mail, but all you have to do is listen to this track for two seconds to understand what she’s talking about. This tune is a remix of a track off her debut EP, and if you like her on Facebook you can download the release for free.

Daisy Victoria – “Macbeth To My Lady” {Garage Rock} + Free download

It’s a rare find to come across a female-fronted garage rock group, let alone a good female-fronted garage rock group, so obviously we’re going to give Miss Daisy a shout-out. This track is off her debut EP Heart Full Of Beef which you can buy as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page or download the track for free in the player below.

Sunny Gang – “1:35″ {Punk/Rap}

Speaking of rare finds…this here is the first punky-rap band we’ve ever covered at RMD which makes Sunny Gangs extra, extra special in our eyes. The group is based out of Newark, and this is the first single off their forthcoming EP (which also happens to be the first music video they’ve ever released as well). If you like their work make sure you follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on their future releases.

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Top new tracks: Friendly Fires, Mac DeMarco, Fucked Up, Say Lou Lou + the return of Pepper Keenan

March 19, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Hardcore, independent bands, Indie, Metal, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Rock

Say Lou Lou – “Everything We Touch” {Dream Pop} + Free download

Admit it, you just said “Lou Lou” out loud. But confusing band names aside this track is nothing short of amazing, and mirrors other dream pop masters like Empress Of and Fear Of Men (only with a tad of cheese on the side). If you like the track you can download it for free over at the band’s website.

Oliver Wilde – “Play & Be Saved” {Psych Rock/Pop}

We’ve been going through a mad Mac DeMarco phase as of late, so anything that sounds like our fellow Vancouver Islander gets a nod from RMD. Oliver Wilde (or Oscar Wilde reincarnated for lazy readers like my dumb ass) is based out of Bristol, and is currently prepping for the release of his new album Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb which is out on May 5th.

Mac DeMarco – “Brother” {Psych Pop/Rock}

Well speak of the devil…our favourite fellow Vancouver Islander is back with a brand new single which is off his highly-anticipated Salad Days release, so I guess it’s time to stop listening to “Passing Out Pieces” on repeat now. DeMarco has certainly achieved a cult-like following over these past few years, but 2014 has proven to be a very magical Mac DeMarco year indeed thus far.

Friendly Fires & The Asphodells – “Before Your Eyes” {Indie Rock/Electronic}

We’re pretty familiar with Friendly Fires (because, duh) but this is the first we’ve heard of The Asphodells (AKA Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay). Either way this collaboration between the two groups is pretty mindblowing; but with trancey psychedelic harmonies, danceable, synth-happy beats and a tribal backbone how could it not be?

Down – “We Knew Him Well” {Metal}

In case you didn’t already know, Down is the sludge metal supergroup consisting of Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Pepper Keenan of Corrosion Of Conformity; so if that didn’t already win you over I don’t know what will. This track is off their forthcoming EP Down IV – Part Two which is due out on May 13th via ADA.

Fucked Up – “Paper The House” {Punk/Hardcore}

Well colour me surprised: Fucked Up are back with a brand new record called Glass Boys which is being released on June 3rd via Matador (in the U.S.) as well as Arts & Crafts (in Canada). The news has already had a trickle effect in the Canadian musicverse, so if the rest of the album sounds anything like this tune you best be expecting the release to pop up on every end-of-year-list imaginable.

To listen to the track click here.

The Folk – “In Silence” {Alternative Rock} + Free download

The Folk’s “Rules Of Youth” was one of our favourite submissions of 2012 and we still find ourselves returning to it from time to time; so we were pretty stoked to see that the Ontario-based group is releasing new material. This new track of theirs has some mean-clean early Smashing Pumpkins/Tegan and Sara vibes to it, and if you digs it you can download it for free here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 17, 2014 in Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Fuzz Rock, Garage Rock, independent bands, Indie, Instrumental, Pop, Post-Punk

Janitors- “Homecoming Queer (Ain’t That A Man)” {Fuzz/Garage Rock}

We’ve always had a soft spot for Janitors (exhibit A and exhibit B), but this is quite possibly the most badass tune we’ve heard from the Toronto-based group yet. (But what do you expect from a bunch of guys who perform in lone ranger masks?) If you like this tune you can buy it for as little as $1 here.

The Amount Of Light We Give Off – “Relationships” {Post-Punk/Electronic}

Seeing that the word “relationship” scares the living bejesus out of me, this dark, mysterious and gloomy-as-hell track pretty much sums up how I feel about relationships in general. The group is based out of Germany, and if you dig the Bono-like vocals/experimental U2 vibes in the tune make sure you buy it for $1 here.

Sarah Koon – “Pretty Simple” {Experimental Pop}

This track is anything but “pretty simple” and unlike anything we’ve ever covered here at RMD. Sarah’s unique sound can only be described as a cross between Tori Amos and Vampire Weekend, and there’s a lot of hidden classic elements in the track as well (diggin’ the harp yo!) If you like this song you can buy it as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page.

Los Árboles - “How To Rebuild Myself” {Indie Folk/Instrumental} + Free download

This here is one of the best instrumental submissions we’ve received so far in 2014, but the fact that this artist is a 19-year-old Argentinian makes this song extra, extra special. You can download the track for free in the player below, but if you do make sure you give the dude some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Canopies – “Miss You Now” {Electropop} + Free download

As soon as we read about the Cut Copy/Tame Impala comparisons we just knew this group would be packing the punches, but this track exceeded all of our expectations. The five-piece are based out of Milwaukee, and if you like this song you can download it for free over at their Soundcloud page.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 11, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Synthpop

Korean Drama – “Jimmy” {Punk/Garage Rock}

This one-minute-long track is more badass than any punk song we’ve ever covered here at RMD, and if this is what Korean drama actually sounds like then Kim Jong-un better watch his 100% backed-up ass yo!! (J-Jimmy?) Their forthcoming cassette release Reply 1994 isn’t due out until May, but in the mean time you can follow them on Twitter here.

Costado – “Capricorn One” {Shoegaze/Psych Rock}

It’s been a little slow on the shoegaze front so far in 2014 (actually it’s been more like slower than molasses in January kind-of-slow…) so as soon as we hear a good shoegazey tune we jump all over that shit. This group is based out of New York, and you can check out the rest of their work over at their Bandcamp page.

Luha – “Lullaby” {Electronic/Dream Pop}

With a sound that crosses between Radiohead and The Cranberries and vocals similar to that of CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, it’s safe to say that Luha has all the ingredients any music blogger could hope for when it comes to independent submissions. And because this chicka deserves waaay more Facebook “likes” than 95, you can follow her on Facebook here.

Film/Noir – “Sirens” {Synthpop/Dream Pop} + Free download

This London-based artist is only 19 years old, so the fact that he managed to create such a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world electronic tune is pretty impressive for someone at such a ripe young age. His new EP isn’t going to be released until this summer, but if you’re as impatient as I am you download this track for free in the player below.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We’re getting some pretty wicked Passion Pit vibes from this track, which is the first single off the Gothenburg-based group’s forthcoming EP. Plus they recently recorded some tunes in a 19th century inn as well as in a cabin on Sweden’s West Coast archipelago which makes them extra badass. If you like this tune you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

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Guest post: 10 Canadian Artists Who Are Cooler Than Justin Bieber

March 5, 2014 in Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Indie, Noise Rock, Psych Pop, R&B, Rock, Synthpop, Synthrock

This article was written by Jason Schellhardt, a writer for the ticket search engine, Rukkus.com.

When asked to name a Canadian musician, most Americans immediately think of Justin Bieber–sometimes Nickelback or Celine Dion. That is a pretty bum rap for a country that has given us plenty of much cooler bands to celebrate. In case you have not heard, Bieber is quickly wearing out his welcome in the U.S. In honor of his 20th birthday, here are 10 Canadian artists who are way cooler than the Biebs.

1. Arcade Fire

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Because, duh. Forget Canada for a minute, this might be the biggest indie band in the world. Arcade Fire has won Grammys and rocked sold out festivals and arenas across the globe. Despite the band’s overwhelming success, Win Butler has never been caught pissing in a mop bucket or egging his neighbor’s house.

2. Grimes

Why she is cooler than Bieber: This indie-pop/electronic icon hails from Vancouver, and is one of the most buzzed-about artists in recent memory. Her unique blend of hip-hop, electronic and pop elements is unprecedented and accessible to a wide range of listeners. In December, Grimes got the ultimate co-sign, inking a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Bieber’s coolest hip-hop endorsement is Lil’ Twist. Advantage: Grimes.

3. Mac DeMarco

Why he is cooler than Bieber: This dude just exudes coolness. In a relative short amount of time, DeMarco has made a reputation based on his raunchy, raucous live shows. His guitar-heavy indie jams have drawn praise from all over the internets, and DeMarco is reportedly working on new material with Tyler, the Creator. The Edmonton native still uses a guitar he bought for 30 Canadian dollars. That’s pretty punk-rock.

4. Chromeo

Why they are cooler than Bieber: At first glance, Chromeo’s suave ‘lady’s men’ persona may seem like schtick, but these guys have the grooves to back it up. The band’s forthcoming album, White Women, is one of the most anticipated releases of 2014. Sure, Bieber can pull chicks with ease, but P-Thugg and Dave One do it with a lot more style.

5. Purity Ring

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Sonically, Purity Ring is probably the most direct competitor to Bieber on this list– though, the competition is not so close. The Edmonton-based duo writes beautiful pop tracks–with substance –and reside at the top of one of the most relevant scenes in music right now. The electro-pop market has become crowded, but few bands have found more success there than Purity Ring.

6. Metric

Why they are cooler than Bieber: This Toronto-based band has been around almost as long as Bieber has been alive. Metric is one of the first bands to start dabbling in the indie dance-rock arena. With a livewire frontwoman like Emily Haines, it is hard to avoid the Yeah Yeah Yeahs comparison here.

7. Death From Above 1979

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Musically, Death From Above 1979 is the antithesis of Justin Bieber. The duo of Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger have created a surprisingly danceable, yet super-heavy strain of thrash rock that has made fans out of metalheads and EDM kids alike. The band is reportedly working on a new album, which would be its first release since 2005.

8. The Weeknd

Why he is cooler than Bieber: The frequent Drake-collaborator is at the forefront of the PBR&B movement and he boasts the finest falsetto this side of Prince. This dude can hit high-notes that Bieber hasn’t seen since he turned 16. Also, The Weeknd’s mysterious vibe and absence from the public eye is something that Bieber should consider trying.

9. METZ

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Apparently Toronto is a hotbed for super heavy, scrappy artists. METZ is a three-piece, no-nonsense noise rock band that has managed to make major waves with only one full-length release. This band was one of the most talked-about acts at last year’s SXSW, and they certainly have a bright future ahead on them.

10. Majical Cloudz

Why they are cooler than Bieber: This synthpop duo has been recording for a few years, but really its stride in 2012 with its Turns Turns Turns EP. Majical Cloudz makes very moody, atmospheric music that tends to make Devon Welsh’s lyrics the focal point of most tracks. While recording his early EPs, Welsh collaborated often with Grimes. Here’s hoping Majical Cloudz finds similar success.

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