Zhu

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My current workout playlist is stacked with gems right now but I find myself constantly skipping tunes until I get to Faded by Zhu. The heart wants what it wants. I don’t approve of drinking and driving, although this song kind of sounds like its’ anthem. Criminal activity aside, this is the perfect sweaty-bodies-dancing-in-a-dark-nightclub song for those with good taste. That being said, I doubt I will hear this song when I embark on my Halloween bender this weekend. That is probably a good thing because I am so in to it that I might cry if I did hear it. Few things excite me more than hearing my favourite songs appreciated by other people.

If you have glanced at this blog before it will come as no surprise that I have a strong passion for electronic music. I have some go-to favourites (Flume, Odesza, Disclosure, etc.) but I have been in the market for a new classic lately to shake things up a bit. When I came across Zhu I knew I’d found the one. This is my version of a rom com. He or she just speaks to my soul. Thank you Spotify for setting me up.

Budapest

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This song is everywhere right now and with good reason. George Ezra’s Budapest is sweet, charming and exceptionally catchy. His voice has slight Eddie Vedder-esque tones which obviously means it’s downright sexy. Normally I am a bit of a snob and when a song is taking over local radio stations it’s the last thing I want to listen to, but with this tune I am hopping right on that train. I’d put money on his career taking a huge turn for the better within the next few months. This video has over 17 million views right now. That’s nuts.

*I just googled him and he is only 21.. WHY is everyone so young now?!

Busy Earnin’

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My morning commute is killing me slowly. I find myself walking around in a haze like a 9-5 working zombie and I loathe it entirely. I actually miss bar hours at this point. I swore I’d never be a drone and look at me now :( BUT, I bet your average drone doesn’t have amazing, funky, soulful tunes blasting in their ears while they cram their bodies in to the tin can that is a Toronto subway. If they do, good for them! Union Station at 8:30 AM would be a much happier place if this were the case. Smiles are inevitable.

One such tune is Busy Earnin’ by JUNGLE. Their website hasn’t provided me with much, but it seems as if there are at least two key members in addition to a collection of other wonderful, musically-inclined individuals. Whoever they are, they make great music. This song sounds like it should be the theme to the most amazing buddy cop show the 1970’s have ever seen. Let this motivate you to keep doing what you do and earning those bills. Lord knows I love bills. #capitalism

Big Bank Dank

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After an extremely stressful few days living as a transient, I need a silly song that makes the weight on my shoulders seem a whole lot lighter. I am exaggerating, I have a home I can go back to if I have nowhere to sleep in my new city, but couch surfing can be hard too. It’s all relative, right? I realize I am being a total drama queen but sometimes it makes things better to just be real and admit your situation sucks, and do whatever you can to alleviate stress. Some people smoke, but I just listen to songs about smoking.

This tune is called Big Bank Dank and just from hearing the name it already has me smiling. Smiles are infectious and this is just what I need right now. The happy, peppy, extremely chill vibes have my spirits lifted and manages to leave me feeling like everything will work itself out after two short minutes.

Happy Birthday Reghann!

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My sister is one of the most important people in my life. She is one of those special people who has a heart so large it seems almost impossible that she could care about others as much as she does. I admire her selflessness and commitment to make the world a better place. Her creativity and passion is inspiring. One thing we have always had in common is a love of music. This has brought us even closer, especially over the past year. As my number one concert buddy, I dedicate this post to her.

Reghann and I share a love of one band in particular, Half Moon Run. These guys are an indie band out of Montreal with killer pipes and a knack for getting under your skin in the best way possible with beautiful melodies and lyrics that cut to the core. We had the pleasure of seeing them live this summer in Montreal for Osheaga. They put on an amazing performance and seemed genuinely happy to play in their hometown. The audience was absolutely enthralled, despite a couple of hiccups with the audio (the sound was too damned quiet). One of my favourites is a song called She Wants You To Know. This song is a perfect example of the unique sound these guys put out. The tempo is upbeat and the instrumentals are heavy without falling victim to that angry tone you hear so often in alternative music. Everything about it is just right. If you like this, definitely check out Full Circle. You will not be disappointed.

It Don’t Get No Better…

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Outlets like Soundcloud, IndieShuffle and Spotify make it extremely easy to find new music. When presented with such a huge selection it’s nearly impossible not to develop a never-ending need for the newest thing as a listener. My tastes are always evolving and as a result I find myself getting sick of songs after only a few plays. I seek out artists who aren’t afraid to experiment and get a little weird.

Chance the Rapper is certainly not afraid to take the road less travelled. When he released I Am Very Very Lonely earlier this year he proved himself a versatile artist in my eyes. The first time I listen whenever he gets a little experimental I’m hesitant, but after a listen or two it’s always clear this guy knows what he’s doing. He’s an artist. Chance just released a collaboration with The Social Experiment called No Better Blues and it’s one you need to hear. As a little bonus, he’s offering it as a free download on Soundcloud. As a realist (aka pessimist), sometimes I need lyrics like these. Thank you, Chance, for shaking things up and keeping my tiny attention span focused on you.

Cold War Kids… Again

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Cold War Kids are no strangers on this blog. I posted First a while back, and will surely post some more because they have been on fire lately. I listen to a lot of electronic and house music. As much as I love it, sometimes I just need a break. Cold War Kids always provide me the relief I need. There’s no replacing a solid band and killer set of vocals in my heart.

A friend of mine suggested Hot Coals and as soon as I heard it I was in love. It’s so catchy, and feels almost like Queens of the Stone Age circa my high school years with slightly less gloomy vocals. The mix is just right. Thanks for another one, guys.

Adventure Club

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Adventure Club have been releasing some gems lately that a few friends of mine have recommended. I checked out their stream and was quite impressed. It turns out they are Canadian, which is always nice, hailing from Montreal. Why does Montreal get more and more appealing by the second? Their sound is kind of dark and definitely electronic with a dash of dubstep. It’s hard not to be moved, especially by this tune. Fade features vocals that take the song from “pretty decent” to “addictive”. Enjoy xx

Duke Dumont

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Any house head who hasn’t been living under a rock lately will be familiar with the name Duke Dumont. He is a hit-maker, and this one is no different. I Got U features an impossibly fun beat and some seriously infectious female vocals. This is the perfect cardio tune to get you pumped, and also functions as a pre-party motivator. Just play it, you will understand.

atOlla

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atOlla is a duo out of Sydney that consists of a vocalist, Matilda Stephanie Paget, and producer James Santos. According to Facebook, their song entitled Ayapaneco has been getting some buzz on the internet and I’m sure their fan base is rapidly increasing. I came across these guys somehow on Soundcloud and I dig their unique, spacey vibes. This song made my evening walk home through downtown Toronto a whole lot more exciting. It was the perfect way to wrap up my first day as a working girl (not prostitute) in the city. Also, I liked their song on Soundcloud and they sent me a message saying thanks. Talk about a nice personalized touch. That is the way to win hearts!

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