At CBC Music, we’re always on the lookout for new songs from Canadian artists.
This week we are listening to new tracks from:
- Jocelyn Gould.
- Julienne Riolino.
- Bootleg alcohol.
- Fit pillow.
- Tami Neilson.
- Bbno$ and Diplo.
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“Lover Come Back to Me”, Jocelyn Gould
After winning a Juno award in 2021 for his debut album, stylish travelerjazz guitarist Jocelyn Gould is back to outdo herself with golden hour, an amazing collection of six originals and four standards. His solo rendition of “Sweet Lorraine” is beautifully timed and phrased, and saxophonist Jon Gordon is an eloquent guest on three tracks, but I single out his quartet’s rendition on “Lover Come Back to Me” as particularly orderly and driving. After a pensive solo intro, Gould’s guitar is joined by Will Bonness’ piano, Rodney Whitacre’s bass and Quincy Davis’ drums for a breathless ride through this Sigmund Romberg classic. The guitar-piano interaction in the lead of the melody will have you smiling, and Gould, Bonness and Davis each take on impressive solos that will have you replaying the track to catch all the nuance and fun. — Robert Rowat
“Lone Ranger”, Julianna Riolino
“I’m a lone ranger in this lonely world,” Julianna Riolino confidently announces on the chorus of her brand new single, which was accompanied by the announcement of the Toronto singer-songwriter’s debut solo album this fall. Riolino, normally a member of Daniel Romano’s backing band The Outfit, flipped the script to take center stage, with Romano taking over as guitarist for his songs this time around. With finger-snapping backing vocalists, honky-tonk piano and a distinctive vocal, “Lone Ranger” is both a long, cold drink and a clear call to Americana fans: Riolino is about to make his mark. long-awaited solo. all blue will be released October 14 via You’ve Changed Records. —Holly Gordon
‘Obomi Nga’, Moonshine
Montreal collective Moonshine is back with a new club-ready single. “Obomi Nga” is a teaser of what to expect SMS for location Vol. 5the highly anticipated sequel to their Juno-nominated compilation album, SMS for location Vol. 4. They enlisted Uproot Andy from Brooklyn, MC Redbul and MC Azas from Kinshasa and recorded the track in their three respective cities. Moonshine prides itself on having a truly global sound and has incorporated an Amapiano touch into “Obomi Nga”. The South African dance music genre has gained popularity outside of its home country and is poised for a global takeover. Amapiano is punctuated with simmering baselines that sound like they’re on their way somewhere but never quite reach their destination – it’s a genre that favors a steady, consistent beat over prolonged build-ups and release. extravagant and cathartic. “Obomi Nga” follows suit, its catharsis lying in the consistency of the percussive rhythm and call-and-response chorus. It’s the kind of song you could dance to all night. — Kelsey Adams
‘Down Hill’, Drake
There are too many arguments to make for or against Drake’s surprise dance album, Honestly it doesn’t matter – and for the most part they are in direct conflict with each other. For one thing, he’s taken a different path, deepening a sound he’s been skirting around for years. On the other hand, under the glitzy guise of gender exploration, it’s still the same old Drizzy – his tame, singing falsetto nursing an ego once again bruised by women, disloyalty and his general indifference .
For me, any chapter of an artist’s story is meant to be there, so I don’t think about it much deeper than that, although I find it intriguing that one of the most underrated songs of the album is one of only two that his faithful producer Noah “40” Shebib has touched. The little Gen Z cousin of classics like “Passionfruit” or “With You”, “Down Hill” has an effortless pop sensibility that really shines, given that it’s composed of a few finger snaps, atmospheric synth and choir songs. The story is nothing new, but releasing a Drake dance album at the height of the June heatwave – is that really what we came here for? A bottom line to consider: don’t overthink it, or him. If you’re ready to be bored with a new Drake album, you’ll find a way to make it happen, no matter the format. But if you let yourself be immersed in the movement, the highlights, the zeitgeist, you might be surprised what you think of it later. —Jess Huddleston
‘Cellar Door,’ Pillow Fite
Halifax folk-pop duo Pillow Fite formed amid the pandemic – with vocalist Art Ross arriving brand new on the scene and practicing guitarist Aaron Green leaving local bands Floodland and Hello Delaware – and their authentic songs and sapphic love lyrics found a fan base immediately. Their first EP, Beat, doesn’t aspire to any particular genre, allowing Ross and Green to stretch and test their songwriting skills to see where they land. On “Cellar Door,” that place is a dark country corner, where Green balances his electric guitar and banjo to create a moody but waiting bed for Ross as they sing, “Your body looks like a landmine. I want to caress and kiss / I need a map to see my way, I hope there’s no paths I’ve missed.”
“‘Cellar Door’ was written in the first month with a new partner, when the romance is fresh and the desire is intense,” Ross explained via email. “This song is dear to my heart, it was written at a strange time in my life,” they continued. “I had just gotten a divorce, was living alone for the first time and was starting to build healthy relationships.” Beat was released on June 24, and I highly recommend that you listen long after this stellar opener. —HG
“Careless Woman”, Tami Neilson
Mine, mine, your body is mine
To play with, legislate, honey, I’ll decide
I want to care less
(Careless, carefree) I wanna care less
Tami Neilson’s raucous and driving anthem of resistance was almost prescient. Neilson wrote the track, the third single from his upcoming album, Kingmakerin response to a collection of sexist and misogynistic dating advice she encountered in a 1938 issue of Parade Magazine. One of the tips read: “Careless women never attract gentlemen. Don’t talk while dancing, because when a man dances, he wants to dance.” Neilson’s song has already been on repeat in my personal playlist for weeks. But since last Friday, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down 50 years of Roe v. Wade and legal abortion, it took a new place in my head and my heart.
Neilson is one of countless musicians who have taken to social media to express its dismay at this historic decision, writing“I’ve spent the last week doing interviews for KINGMAKER, repeatedly answering the question of why there’s so much ‘anger’ in the lyrics. That’s why. It’s justified anger . It’s personal.” What’s hugely powerful about “Careless Woman” is the space it leaves for rage alongside its joyful expression of release. They’re a shared beat, especially in the face of oppression, and Neilson conjures up three perfect minutes of soulful pop challenge. —Andrea Warner
‘Pogo’, bbno$ and Diplo
It was a surprise when Diplo released a remix of bbno$’s hit “Edamame” late last year, but it was also a stamp of approval from the superstar DJ. Fast forward six months and we now have both artists dropping “Pogo” – another unexpected release, and likely another relationship hit. (Surprises definitely seem to be bbno$’s MO, whether it’s his clothing choices, his choice of collaborators, or him popping up everywhere, including the 2022 Juno Awards.) “Pogo” is deeply rooted in house music and pushes the Vancouver-based rapper’s sound into club anthem territory. The classic house groove will get your body moving from the opening bars, but it’s at the two-minute mark that we hear that quintessentially fresh bbno$ delivery, and when the track slips into the pocket of excellence. —Ben Aylsworth