Cherrie Laurel Releases New Material

Sometimes you wake up after having a dream that feels so real that you almost second guess yourself that it happened. The music of Cherrie Laurel, the pseudonym of multi instrumentalist, producer and singer Brittney Rand, occupies this space. Most of you may be familiar with Rand's former band, the danceable and ethereal Mu, and while the music of Cherrie Laurel may not be straying too far from that last project, Rand infuses her new work with an amazingly personal touch that everything becomes so very immediate.

Ladytron Release New Single in Advance of February Album

It's been a long time for Ladytron. So long, in fact, that likely none of you readers remember the time we had them DJ an ION anniversary party, around twelve to thirteen years ago. We should really congratulate and appreciate any act that not only made it out of the summer of electroclash with their careers (and septums) intact, due to the genre being one of the first to be born and die in the same year. Their newest single, "Far From Home" is actually a return to the Berlin (the band, not the city) sound they made their primary inroads with.

Vancouver's HUMANS on Going Forward and "Going Late"

Vancouver has had quite the burgeoning electronic music scene bubbling up from the city’s DIY spaces to the mainstream the last several years, and at the forefront of this movement have been local dance floor heroes HUMANS. Made up of the very chill and personable duo Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq, HUMANS have gone from performing for late night audiences in crowded after-hours spots to being nominated for a JUNO and traveling the world playing for gigantic crowds at massive festivals like Coachella.

Autogramm - Merging Musical Histories

Sometimes you need to look to the past to move into the future. As musicians that have played in a ton of successful and varied projects throughout the years, the three fresh fellows that make up Autogramm have embraced that sentiment. Drawing from the traditions of late 70s and early 80s pop and punk rock power trios, the band has found a fresh and fun take on modern pop music that doesn’t feel at all dated.

Gregg Allman - I'm No Angel

When he wasn’t jamming with his brother Duane, Gregg Allman was quietly rocking a different circuit: the American court system. Married a staggering seven times in his 69 years on this planet (nice), Allman’s legal fees were the stuff of legend. But rather than mellow out and trade in his motorcycle for a minivan, Allman embraced his bad boy status as he approached middle age, dropping the surprise hit album I’m No Angel while on the cusp of turning 40.

Old Man Canyon Releases New Single

Vancouver has the sneakiest music scene in North America. In Canada, Toronto is the centre of the musical universe and the consensus, worldwide, seems to be that anything else of value can only be found in LA or New York. Known as a city that is extremely hard to create art in, it seems that the talented musicians in Vancouver, if they are able to stick with it, create some of the best and brightest music that’s available anywhere. Case in point, Old Man Canyon.

BOOTY EP Release New Track "Marscapone"

With the seasons changing and everyone settling into darker days, we find ourselves lucky that Vancouver’s purveyors of the dreamiest pop around, Booty EP, have released a new song to help us with the transition. “Marscapone” checks all the boxes for fans of the local duo. Ethereal vocals, chiming guitar lines and waves upon waves of lovely synths -- plus we get the added bonus of having the whole proceedings balanced out with an incredibly soothing saxophone break.

UK Electronic Duo TENDER Release New Track

There are those moments when you are lying in bed and your mind has decided that it is not going to shut off. All you wish is to quietly drift off to sleep but your brain has decided the opposite. UK dance production team TENDER has taken that mostly universal experience, and crafted a soundtrack to it. Their new album, Fear Of Falling Asleep, was written about those moments when the body and the brain are locked in this seemingly eternal struggle.

The Faint Release New Single, "Chameleon Nights"

Certain eras are so often defined by the music that comes out of those times that it’s hard not to think back on a time and be inundated by memories of the tracks that you had in heavy rotation. In the early to mid 2000s there wasn’t a place you could go and not hear the blaring sounds of the burgeoning electro punk movement. The sounds of clubs and retail stores were filled with bands that brought together 80s era synths with stabbing distorted guitars mixed with super dance-y drum beats.

Yelle Share Two New Remixes

It's a classic story: Boy meets Musician. Boy listens to Musician's music. Boy necks a bottle of prosecco and gets his tits out to Musician's music at an after-hours he stupidly paid too much to get into. Boy hears remix of Musician's song. Boy gets sad.

I wouldn't say that I'm capital-S sad about these remixes for YELLE's OMG!!!, but they've confirmed what we know for 93% of remixes released into the wild -- the original doesn't need to be fucked with.