Cœur de pirate's disco-inflected dance track, and 5 more songs you need to hear this week
Fresh Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now
Each week, CBC Music producers come together to highlight Canada's best new tracks.
This week, we got hooked on new songs from:
- Cœur de pirate.
- Jean-Michel Blais.
- DijahSB featuring Mick Jenkins.
- Big Red Machine and La Force.
- Naya Ali.
Scroll down to find out why you need to hear them, too.
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Hit play on our Songs You Need to Hear stream, filled with songs that CBC Music's producers have chosen for their playlists, and tune into CBC Music Mornings every Thursday to hear CBC Music's Jess Huddleston and Saroja Coelho reveal which of these tracks is the standout new Canadian song.
'Oh Shit.… Are we in Love?,' Valley
The sudden, miraculous onslaught of love has been the subject of millions of songs. Instead, this new song from Valley celebrates love that evolves over time. If you wait — and hope — long enough, maybe that friendship will bloom into something more. "Oh, shit, are we in love?," goes the chorus, "I only fell when I gave up." It's the stuff of dreams, and the song's video, directed by Sunset Sahil, accentuates that surreal aspect, with the four bandmates cavorting around Toronto and, one by one, becoming malleable. (It reaches its apogee at 2:35, during the final repeat of the chorus, when bassist Alex DiMauro actually becomes his own bright blue Slurpee.) The video is as charming as the buoyant pop music this group delivers from its seemingly endless supply. — Robert Rowat
'On s'aimera toujours,' Cœur de pirate
In the video for her latest track, Cœur de pirate emerges from an RV in a scintillating dress, covered in shimmering soft pink and fuschia tassels. As lush strings and synth come in, an infectious disco-inflected beat takes over. The Montreal singer-songwriter has long had the market cornered on heart-wrenching, poetic francophone songwriting and this new single from her forthcoming album is no exception. On first listen, it's an emphatic dance-along track. Whichever stylist had the idea to put Béatrice Martin in that dress knew what they were doing — the song begs to be twirled around to, while wearing a big, poofy dress. Listening deeper, the lyrics bring to life a love that can withstand anything, one that rises from the ashes. Martin writes of a love where the mere breath of her lover can cure all ailments, one where the outside world's influence has no bearing: "Qu'importe ce qu'on dit de nous, on vit à deux ce que l'on ne sait pas." — Kelsey Adams
'Murmures,' Jean-Michel Blais
Neo-classical favourite Jean-Michel Blais is back with "Murmures," the celebrated pianist's first-ever recording with an ensemble, and possibly one of his most stirring love songs yet. The first single off his forthcoming album, "Murmures" showcases the Montreal musician's ability to use keys as a direct depiction of emotion — in this case, balancing the melancholy of loss with the brightness of hope. "Murmures" would be a cinematic piano ballad on its own, but the string and wind accompaniment adds a rich flourish that rounds out the heartfelt Blais experience — leaving us truly excited for the rest of this elevated new collection. — JH
'Here to Dance,' DijahSB feat. Mick Jenkins
The dance floor can be a cathartic space, a place where emotions are processed through movement and dance. Other times, it's an escape from that very thing — where your brain can simply shut off and be absorbed by the music. The latter is what Toronto rapper DijahSB is encouraging on their latest single, "Here to Dance," featuring Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins. With Jenkins taking a more laid-back, melodic approach, DijahSB is given ample room to shine, employing their rhythmic cadence to ride out the smooth mid-tempo groove provided by producer Reon Vangèr. "I ain't do this rap shit just to see how it goes," they rap, "But I did plant a seed just to see if it grows." With two albums, and an upcoming EP (due out Sept. 17), under their belt — not to mention a Polaris Music Prize shortlist nomination for their sophomore release, Head Above the Waters — it's clear that DijahSB's career is blossoming into something big. — Melody Lau
'8:22 a.m.,' Big Red Machine and La Force
"And it's that time in the morning, when I was born," La Force (real name Ariel Engle) sings on this shining moment within Big Red Machine's highly collaborative new album, her agile voice dancing around the glittery melody like sun on water. A side project from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner, Big Red Machine expertly tapped Engle for this delightful morning anthem, with Vernon's famous falsetto joining her as they lyrically walk through the day, answering questions of loneliness with the realization that we're all very much connected. — Jess Huddleston
'Stop Playin,' Naya Ali
Naya Ali knows she's a champion and she's ready for the rest of us to catch up. "Stop Playin" from the second part of her debut album, Godspeed: Elevated, positions the Montreal-based Ethiopian rapper as someone not to mess with and an artist not to underestimate. Triumphant horns are the backbone of the production, done by Grammy-winning, Toronto-based songwriter and producer Adrian X. The rasp in her voice gives her bars gravitas; when she's demanding respect her words carry weight: "Stop playing better give me my respect, I ain't bout it better cut me my cheque." She's keeping her foot on everyone's necks, and while she's boastful, she swears her actions back up all her words: "I don't talk, put you out like a light." Ali contemplates her past and her emotional struggles but with a bravado that makes her seem so assured. — KA