Hannah Georgas, JP Saxe, Grae and more: songs you need to hear this week
4 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:
- JP Saxe.
- Hannah Georgas.
- Aluna featuring Kaytranada and Rema.
Scroll down to find out why you need to hear them, too.
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'A Little bit Yours,' JP Saxe
I let myself want you,
I let myself hope,
I let myself feel things I know that you don't.
JP Saxe is back with another ballad for the lovelorn, and it's the perfect song to cry to if that's the mood you're in (which is perfectly healthy, according to this music therapist). There's nothing groundbreaking about Saxe's songs, yet they strike the listener as unique because of his immediately recognizable voice and compelling, vulnerable delivery. In the pre-chorus of "A Little bit Yours," he dips into his low register to sing, "All I do/ is get over you," with an arresting melodic contour that will resonate with even the most jaded individuals. Emotions surge (as does the piano accompaniment) for repeats of the chorus, quoted above, which is when you and your tear-streaked face can sing along. — Robert Rowat
Songs often benefit from specificity, and on "2725," Toronto pop singer Grae wants you to know the exact number of miles that separate her from a long-distance love. "2725/ that's how many miles your bed is from mine," she coos over a heartbeat drum kick. Sonically, the track is pretty simple: a looping guitar riff and synth accents float above like butterflies swirling around in Grae's stomach as she daydreams about hopping on a plane just so she can look into this person's "dark brown eyes." Most of this year has been defined by the distance we must keep from one another and on "2725," Grae captures this longing to be physical with someone so perfectly. — Melody Lau
'Same Mistakes,' Hannah Georgas
"I wish I could go back and tell my younger self/ none of this matters even though it hurts like hell." Hannah Georgas zeroes in with nostalgic specificity on the second verse of "Same Mistakes," inviting us to comfort our younger selves for the mistakes we may have repeated. Though this single came out earlier this summer, Georgas' new album, All That Emotion (produced by the National's Aaron Dessner), came out officially on Sept. 4, and lead singles "That Emotion" and "Same Mistakes" are tracks we just can't give up. The slide guitar and piano play a moody game of call-and-response on the latter, giving depth to a sparse track that doesn't quite run three minutes. "But I can change/ I won't make the same mistakes," Georgas promises herself, closing out the song with a soft hum. An intimate conversation with herself, "Same Mistakes" feels like a promise we've all made — and may continue to make. — Holly Gordon
'The Recipe,' Aluna feat. Kaytranada, Rema
On Aluna's first solo release, the British artist wanted to "reimagine dance to incorporate Black history, and the African-born or African diaspora-made dance music that is considered 'subculture' or 'sub-genre'," as she told DIY Mag. In order to accomplish this, she invited a select number of producers and collaborators to help her bring her vision to life, including Montreal's very own Kaytranada. "The Recipe'' combines Aluna's honeyed vocals with Kaytranada's interstellar funk beats, and tops it off with a guest verse from Nigerian singer Rema. The result is an undeniably danceable, celebratory recipe for success. — ML