There are some rumours circulating about the good fellas The Chainsmokers working on an album.
This is good news to someone like me who not only knows how to get ratchet as fuck, with a lampshade on his head, talking to a mirror at a house party, thinking he’s about to score with a girl, but also to casual music listeners alike. I have been tracking these guys’ career since their humble beginnings in NY around 2012/13. It is really interesting to see people make strides in their careers and retain who they are at the same time. Their new single Paris is a well executed song that gives you just enough. I can be hammered and still sing the lyrics and also allow myself to get emotional if need be, or just party to it and jump around like an idiot with a shit eating grin on my face. I will let the song speak for itself here.
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It’s been 5 months since Alberta based artist HERO released his last project VHS POP and he returns with an exquisite remix to Kiiara’s “Hang Up tha Phone” from her debut EP Low Kii Savage which really showcase his flexible production. Stream below.
NY indie rock band The Lemon Twigs at its core is brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario. The band’s debut record Do Hollywood came out last year and each brother wrote five songs on the record. When you see them play live, the brothers switch instruments, so they can sing the songs each wrote. Although young–the youngest D’Addario is still a teenager–the brothers have been immersed in music since they were born. Their father is a professional musician and their mother is a lifelong music fan.
Do Hollywood got started after the brothers sent Jonathan Rado, frontman of California indie rock band Foxygen, some demos over Twitter. Before they knew it, the band was signed to legendary label 4AD (home of SOHN, Deerhunter, Future Islands, The National, among others) and working with Rado on what would become Do Hollywood.
I got to hang out with the brothers the last time they were in town. Do the brothers really fight a lot? What was it like working with Jonathan Rado from Foxygen? What are the details behind the secret debut record that the D’Addario brothers have disavowed? Which legendary musician’s career would each brother like to have? You’ll have to listen to find out. (Also check out the extended version of my chat with the D’Addario brothers below for more fun with The Lemon Twigs!)
My hang sesh with The Lemon Twigs turned out to be so fun, there was a lot of talk I couldn’t fit into the radio version of the show. In the extended version of the show, I talk with the brothers about growing up in a musical family, two more songs from the Do Hollywood record (“Hi+Lo” and “As Long As We’re Together”) and the other secrets the brothers are hiding. Listen to our chat!
Tracks played on the extended version of the interview…
1) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “These Words” (mp3)
2) Foxygen, …And Star Power (2014) “Brooklyn Police Station” (background)
3) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Baby, Baby” (partial)
4) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “I Wanna Prove To You”
5) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “As Long As We’re Together”
6) The Lemon Twigs, What We Know (2014) “The Corners I Was Locked Behind (When I Was There)”
7) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Hi+Lo”
8) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Haroomata”
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2016 was great for growth from several artists that we mentioned on last year’s list with most either gaining a demographic outside of Canada or preparing their next major release. With that in mind we’ll be highlighting new artists we haven’t covered that are new or re-branding themselves, check it out below!
We caught on late into the year for bbno$ aka Alexander Gumuchian’ flamboyant underground trap tracks that get several thousand plays with a growing fan base but better late than never. There’s a sense of humour that tags along with it all but its undeniable that he’s made some catchy bangers, yuh… dat way.
It’s been a steady pace of releases from Rapper DaamCP consistently handing out Trap influenced tracks with the content only getting more raw and intriguing. We’re sure people will be catching on and seeing him open for acts soon enough.
There are a lot of electronic acts coming out of Vancouver but duo Diana Boss aka Sam Steele and Josh McRae have definitely honed the playful house they’ve been putting out for the last year. Their latest EP West Coast out on Groundwerk gives you a taste of their potential and where they can take it.
Musician Christopher Smith started Dralms in search of something different and in 2015 they released their debut LP Shook which blended Alternative Rock with electronic undertones resulting in a beautifully unique 10-track project. We’re hoping to hear new material from them this year.
One of the most underrated rappers to have come out in 2016 is ESES, he was steadily releasing music through out the year ranging from Trap, R&B to Dancehall. We first heard of him through his Withinroots feature but his solo material assures us his diverse presence.
We were waiting for music from them since 2012 and in 2016 they suddenly released their debut LP Breaking (King Deluxe) consisting of all the smooth elements we wanted from Evy Jane’s vocals and Jeremiah Klein’s production which perfectly compliment each other. We hope they don’t take a long break again and continue to release in 2017.
Violinist/singer Hannah Epperson has made waves after her performance award from Peak back in 2013, since then she’s gone onto lend her talents to several collaborative projects based in New York. Her lushes debut album UPSWEEP carries a unique screenplay through out which is supported by Electronic Pop to more down-tempo vibes.
Coming from an acting background Hayleau aka Hayley Law had been quietly working on her debut solo project for most of last year. Hayley eventually opened for Bibi Bourelly this past year followed by releasing her debut self titled EP which included 6 seducing tracks. If you haven’t heard of Hayleau yet we highly suggest catching up because we see big things for her in the new year.
Persistence is key especially in a time where art can get filtered through so quickly, that’s why Immerze continues to impress with every release growing his sound and style. His latest single “Ying Ying” and music video for “2 Cents/Black Bond” stand out from his previous work and gives us a glimpse into what he has coming from his next project My Momma Knows I’m Trappin EP out February.
With only 5 tracks released this past year R&B act Jay Branks caught our attention with “Ain’t Playin'” and “4 The Love” which really demonstrated his vocal range and bumpin’ production. His latest single “For You” which came along with visuals is the perfect way to start off the new year. We hope to see a debut project from him, check out the music video below.
Vancity’s nicest is well known and is definitely not a new comer but is setting up quite the release following up his Sneakers & Video Games mixtapes from back in 2010-2012. The up coming project titled Bonus will surely remind everyone that JayKin is not to be forgotten or shoved aside, we can’t wait to hear it.
Quickly rising electronic producer Juelz made some waves in 2016, putting out his debut EP on Flow-Fi got him some traction but his continuous releases were really heavy, complex and literally unavoidable. Accompanied by his collaborations with Falcons, Andrew Luce and being featured on Anna Lunoe’s Hyper House on Beats1 it’s easy to say people are paying attention to the kid.
Originally coming from an Opera and classical background 19 year old singer Matthew V released his debut 7-track album Sounds infusing his previous knowledge with a modern Pop/R&B style. We hope to hear more from this young act.
Trio band Mother Upduff have been at it for quite some time having released three EP’s last year with their latest The Decay blending all the musicians tastes into a soulful psychedelic lo fi rock project. With the now established members we hope to hear a more full body project this new year.
We had a feeling ninetyfour aka Tevin Douglas would be end up on this list once he released his debut project It’s Yours: a bass heavy Rap/R&B album. He has stayed consistent with material including several music videos and his two latest, we’re excited to see where he takes it from here.
From working with Brevner to his contribution to Kai Sky Walker’s work Stevie Ross has finally released his debut album Something In Wonderland and it’s neo-soul/indie vibes will keep you warm this winter. With this project being in the vault for 5 years and still sounding relevant today is a statement in itself.
Coming from a DJ background Tails started to produce his own remixes that ranged from Trap, R&B to Boom-bap with most of it gaining over 100k plays on Soundcloud. After linking up with music collective Film Noir he collaborated with several producers including Alexander Lewis, Maximus MMC and graves. which really gained the proper attention. It’s been awhile since he’s put something out so we’re sure this year he’ll be unleashing some crazy stuff.
Singer Willa definitely polished her sound in 2016 releasing two heavy singles that carried a more darker undertone to her approach on Pop. Gaining over 1.9 million plays on Spotify is a solid statement for her work.
R&B act Withinroots released an exquisite debut 6-track EP titled Two Years Back ranging from Soul, down-tempo and flat out smooth R&B. Eventually an exquisite music video was released for “Clouds” followed by “Strėėts” and “Chåkra” giving us a great taste for what’s to come.
Indie Pop band Youngblood released their first single titled “Feel Alright” last year which was a dreamy introduction to a group that had surely caught our attention. In September they released their debut EP by the same name consisting of 5 catchy Pop songs that had us wanting more.