DijahSB and Harrison's 'hot ass' new collaboration, and 4 more songs you need to hear this week
Fresh new Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now
Here at CBC Music, we're always on high alert for new songs by Canadian artists.
This week, we're listening to new tracks from:
- Cadence Weapon.
- DijahSB and Harrison.
- TheHonestGuy featuring Malaika Khadijaa.
- Elio featuring Charli XCX.
- Book Buddies.
Scroll down to find out why you need to listen, too.
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Hit play on our brand new 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 Coehlo reveal the standout new Canadian song.
'Senna,' Cadence Weapon
Rollie Pemberton, a.k.a. Cadence Weapon, spent most of his career working on his own, but in recent years, he has expanded his collaborative circle to include a roster of notable Canadian producers. One of his most successful and productive partnerships has been with electronic musician Jacques Greene, who provided beats for "The Host" and "High Rise" off Cadence Weapon's 2018 self-titled release. "[Greene's] beats are like little obstacle courses, constantly shifting and changing," Pemberton wrote in a recent newsletter, describing his love of Greene's production. "It's fun to figure out how I can fit into them."
Pemberton and Greene's process is a kinetic exercise that has always yielded new and exciting results, and that's no different on their latest offering, "Senna," off Cadence Weapon's upcoming album, Parallel World (out April 30). Over a dark, whistling synth soundscape, Pemberton dashes through Greene's futuristic beats with an agility that's fitting for a song that pays homage to Brazilian Formula 1 champ Aryton Senna. Pemberton says "Senna" is "an anthem about someone who took the road less travelled and became a legend in the process." If you've been paying attention to Cadence Weapon's career over the past 15 years, you'd recognize a similar trajectory taking shape. — Melody Lau
'By Myself,' DijahSB, Harrison
I had to learn to float by myself
Had to build the boat by myself
Had to find and make the most by myself
Had to find the coast by myself
Keep my head above the waters how I cope by myself.
DijahSB is back with a new single from their upcoming album, and the jazz-inflected, bass-heavy vibe the rapper serves with producer Harrison only makes the sharp edge of that chorus dig deeper. "'By Myself' gives you a little bit of insight on what my album Head Above the Waters tries to tackle," DijahSB said via statement. "I also wanted to slow it down and show people that I'm not always about shit that can make you dance; I got bars too. Harrison is like a brother to me and I haven't even met him yet. He really blessed me with a hot ass beat." Look out for Head Above the Waters as of April 23.