Dylan Sinclair's impossibly romantic duet, and 3 more songs you need to hear this week
Listen to fresh Canadian tracks from Jenn Grant and Kim Harris, Sylo and more
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:
- Dylan Sinclair featuring Joyce Wrice.
- Jenn Grant and Kim Harris.
- Magi Merlin and Fernie.
Scroll down to find out why you need to listen, too.
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'Never,' Dylan Sinclair feat. Joyce Wrice
On Nov. 3, R&B musician Dylan Sinclair surprised fans with four new songs, transforming his then EP, No Longer in the Suburbs, into a fully fledged (and fully satisfying) album. The new additions include an accomplished remix of "Open" featuring Destin Conrad and Jvck James, and this impossibly romantic duet with Joyce Wrice, the L.A.-based singing juggernaut whose recent collaborators include Lucky Daye and Kaytranada. "Never" opens with a hair-raising synthesizer lick that introduces a languorous beat and a round of "heys" before the chorus kicks in. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Wrice begins stylishly, cueing a grainy acoustic guitar that joins her and Sinclair for the duration of their pillow talk. Individually, their voices fall easily on the ear; together, they're simply adorable as they sing in unison, "I just wanna shut the world off, get lost, make up for the time we lost." — Robert Rowat
It's been a relatively quiet year for Toronto R&B artist Sylo (formerly Sylo Nozra), with just a handful of singles released including "Millions" and "American Idea," two tracks that embrace more acoustic guitars than his previous output. His latest, "AIR," takes that acoustic idea and expands to almost folk territory, though never compromising his R&B foundation. Complete with swelling strings, "AIR" (which cheekily stands for "ass in rotation") finds Sylo caught in a "comfortably imperfect routine, unable to break the cycle," as is explained in a press release. "Feels like I'm waiting for more," he admits in the track's final moments, adding, "Need some reassembly/ need a rush to save me." "AIR" is our first taste of Sylo's upcoming EP, Blanket, and we can't wait to hear what other directions Sylo's music will go. — Melody Lau
'Judy,' Jenn Grant and Kim Harris
Jenn Grant released "Judy" last week, a collaboration with fellow Halifax singer-songwriter Kim Harris, and the joy bursting from their duet is uncontainable. The song is a reimagining of Harris's parents' love story, lifted by a horn section and the gorgeous combination of Grant and Harris's voices. The rallying cry of the chorus — "Judy! Give me a reason/ Judy! Something to believe in" — is anchored by backup singers Zamani and Mel Stone, and the accompanying video is its own love letter to a city both artists now call home: filmed by wife-husband team Tessa Fleming and Daniel Grant (Jenn's brother) in Dartmouth at Johnny's Snack Bar (styled as a 1960s diner), it features Mo Kenney, Aquakultre and more familiar faces as patrons — and a delightful set of outtakes after the sun sets. "Judy" is the lovestruck first taste of Grant's upcoming 2023 album, Champagne Problems, a collaborative album made with 12 different Canadian contributors. — Holly Gordon
'Dolla Bill,' Magi Merlin and Fernie
Magi Merlin and Fernie are a match made in heaven. The two Montreal artists found themselves on the same lineups and at the same parties over and over, and finally decided it was time to work together when producer Funkywhat sent Magi Merlin an unfinished version of "Dolla Bill" that he had recorded with Fernie. Magi Merlin's dry but playful delivery complements the honeyed richness of Fernie's voice to create a dreamy R&B track with an idyllic sense of escapism. "I'll take another toke/ I'll let the smoke hover/ I'll wait for ya," Magi Merlin sings airily in the chorus, prolonging the sweet suspension of time. They wrote the lyrics imagining a world where bills and the other "hazards of adult life" are nonexistent. "Dolla Bill" succeeds in sucking you out of the daily minutiae of the everyday and pulling you into a dreamscape of easy money (a quarter-million, to be exact), no-strings-attached romance and indulgence without consequence. Who wouldn't want a bit of reprieve from the harsher realities of life? — Kelsey Adams