Gayance's 'song for rebirth,' and 4 more songs you need to hear this week

Listen to fresh Canadian tracks from Vivek Shraya, Gayance, Harrison and more.

Listen to fresh Canadian tracks from Vivek Shraya, Gayance, Harrison and more

Haitian-Montrealer Gayance stands in the middle of the frame, her hair braided and spread out in the air, wearing a hot pink jacket and matching pink and green pants.
Gayance's song 'Moon Rising' featuring Judith Little D is on our list of must-hear songs this week. (Floor Velhust; design by CBC Music)

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:

  • K. Forest.
  • Vivek Shraya.
  • Harrison featuring Kadhja Bonet.
  • Desirée Dawson.
  • Gayance featuring Judith Little D.

Scroll down to find out why you need to listen. 

What new Canadian tunes are you currently obsessed with? Share them with us on Twitter @CBCMusic.

To hear more about these standout songs, tune in to CBC Music Mornings every Thursday with producer Ryan Chung and host Saroja Coelho, available via CBC Listen.

'$weet n $our,' K. Forest

R&B musician K. Forest will release his fifth album, Pray for a Beautiful Sky, in March, and if his latest single is any indication, it's going to be his best yet. "$weet n $our" begins hesitantly, with Forest stammering the first line — "I need to tell you the ... truth" — before a positively molten bassline kicks the song into gear. It gives him the confidence to lay it on the line: "You like to pick and then choose/ just as long as it suits you, baby," he sings. "And it's those things that you do/ that got me breaking this news, baby." Production is restrained (apart from the aforementioned lavish bass), keeping the attention on Forest's vocals, which are tuneful and sincere and beg the question: who'd want to yank his chain like this? — Robert Rowat

'Good Luck (You're F--ked),' Vivek Shraya

Listening to romantic songs during the week of Valentine's Day is overrated. Instead, I would like to offer you Vivek Shraya's latest single, "Good Luck (You're F--ked)." Strings here — provided by Grammy-nominated Drew Jurecka (Dua Lipa, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith) — aren't employed to make you swoon as much as they're musically swinging their fists at you via this shimmering pop kiss-off. Inspired by men's post-#MeToo complaints that everything they say to a woman can now be criticized to the point of their cancellation, Shraya's song extends this brilliant response: "Good luck, you're f--ked/ hats off, I've had enough." This choice of profanity is not only fun and empowering to sing along to, but as Shraya says in a press release: "In this song, swearing marks an intentional exit, the door slamming behind me!" The result, produced by James Bunton with additional vocals by Alanna Stuart (Bonjay) and Kamilah Apong (Tush), is a glorious anthem that will inspire women and femmes everywhere to dance, sing and flip the bird to those still desperately clinging onto the patriarchy. — Melody Lau 

Editor's note: song contains explicit language.

'Float,' Harrison feat. Kadhja Bonet

Toronto producer Harrison dropped a new single last week that is a chef's kiss of a downtempo R&B jam for a dreamy two-and-a-half minutes. Featured L.A. singer Kadhja Bonet drifts atop the taut bassline, singing of a love that takes more than it gives: "Do you wanna fill me up like a cheap balloon / that deflates when you leave the room?" Her vocals are delicate, the lyrics tiptoeing around this relationship that can't last. The lightness of her voice and the simplicity of the production are an addictive pair, giving us the first preview of what's to come on Harrison's upcoming and third album this spring. The companion single to "Float," the instrumental "A View From the Sky," is a "deep study of jazz," he says in the press release, after a personal dark period, and both tracks show us that the producer — who at 27 has a Juno-nominated album and countless notable collaborations under his belt — has plenty more for us. — Holly Gordon

'Lonely,' Desirée Dawson

To celebrate Black History Month, ArtHaus has released a compilation of songs from Black Canadian musicians from Western Canada, which includes Desirée Dawson's new jazzy, summery track "Lonely." Everyone gets lonely sometimes, but it's something Dawson would prefer not to admit or dwell on. Instead, she sweetly sings about savouring moments of togetherness, even when they're a little turbulent: "I want your body, your mind and your heart/ I wanna argue then kiss in the car," she sings. The horns brighten things up and give the song a dash of sass, resulting in a more uptempo, pop bop than we're used to from the singer-songwriter. With a delightfully brazen outlook, the lyrics implore you to question your independence. "I need a lot of space, but I need to see your face," she explains, an undeniably enticing invitation to succumb to desire. — Natalie Harmsen

'Moon Rising (10 Years),' Gayance feat. Judith Little D

"Moon Rising" is resilient joy set to a jazzy bassline and rollicking congas. It's the third single from Gayance's debut album, Mascarade, out March 3 — and one of CBC Music's most anticipated of the year. The album flits between techno, breakbeat and free jazz, and "Moon Rising" is a standout thanks to its relentless groove and Judith Little D's glorious vocal. In a press release, Gayance called it "a song for rebirth and dancing through your transformation." The gospel track is inspired by her late grandfather, who she says was one of the first people to introduce congas to worship in Quebec churches. There's a spiritual throughline in Gayance's music, which is very much tied to the cathartic release of dancing and partying that can be akin to attending a holy sermon. The only difference is that her pulpit is the stage that hosts her turntables. Gayance started producing her own music in 2020, and her releases so far have been brilliantly composed and full of the spirit that her DJ sets embody: uplifting, sensuous and sweat-inducing. I can't wait to hear Mascarade on a dance floor. — Kelsey Adams


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