Kaytranada and Aminé's sweltering new collab, and 5 more songs you need to hear this week
Listen to fresh Canadian tracks from Mother Tongues, Kibra, Keeper E. 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:
- Conro featuring Boslen.
- Mother Tongues.
- Kibra featuring Sasha L. Henry.
- Keeper E.
- Terrell Morris.
- Kaytraminé featuring Amaarae.
Scroll down to find out why you need to listen, too.
What new Canadian tunes are you currently obsessed with? Share them with us on Instagram @cbc_music.
To hear more about these standout songs, tune in to CBC Music Mornings every Thursday (Canada-wide) with producer Ryan Chung and host Saroja Coelho, and Here and Now with Gill Deacon every Wednesday afternoon (in Toronto). Both are available via CBC Listen.
'Just Like You,' Conro feat. Boslen
"I was just jamming on the piano and I wrote some chords that fit way too good!" That's how B.C.-based DJ/producer Conro stumbled upon the hook for his latest single, "Just Like You," an EDM banger that grabs you with big energy from the outset and basically doesn't let go. It lavishly sets the stage for Boslen, whose sung verse climbs in pitch with each stanza as he posits "I think you need somewhere to sin" with his inviting baritone, before the richly orchestrated chorus returns. Watch for Conro's new EP, Melodramatic, due out June 29 via Monstercat. — Robert Rowat
'Worm Day,' Mother Tongues
Lukas Cheung and Charise Aragoza are veteran role players in the Toronto music scene by now, having performed in various bands (Luna Li, Lee Paradise) and shared the stage with U.S. Girls, Dilly Dally and F--ked Up. On July 21, Cheung and Aragoza are finally stepping into the spotlight as Mother Tongues with their debut album, Love in a Vicious Way, dropping via Wavy Hazy Records. "Worm Day" is the second single off that upcoming record, a dreamy shoegaze track that's beaming with warmth and nostalgia even when its lyrics point to something darker. "You found a place/ in my heart I can't erase/ the damage here is done/ I take it out on everyone," Aragoza sings, letting people and feelings from the past worm their way into her brain. Cheung has said in a statement that the band's album is "an exploration of the darker ways we love, the parts with teeth ... this record is about surrendering to that feeling." Consider us ready to give in to that feeling, too. — Melody Lau
'If Things Change,' Kibra feat. Sasha L. Henry
Singer-songwriter Kibra lives by divine timing, as she understands that everything comes at its appointed moment. Her new single, "If Things Change," is a clear reflection of that: not only is the song driven by gospel-esque organs and the beautiful vocal backing of a choir that sits you down at Sunday-morning service, but Kibra also makes you believe that anything is possible with her light but commanding voice. And as if the song isn't a standout on its own, Kibra calls on the help of Sasha L. Henry to really put you in your feels — ones that will make you feel powerful enough to run through a brick wall the moment Henry belts that powerful voice. The song is an alluring mix of jazz and R&B — and it's the perfect setting for Kibra's light to shine. — Ryan Chung
'Nothing Going On,' Keeper E.
The cusp of summer is prime time to feel bored, impatiently waiting for the longer days to fulfil their promise. Halifax songwriter/producer Keeper E. feels it, but instead of wallowing she leans into the comfort of routine on "Nothing Going On," a bright, humming synth number that spirals in and out of the type of obsessive thinking we tend to do when left alone too long. "Talking too much to overcompensate/ thinking too little and saying too much/ I'm waiting for somebody to tell me to shut up," she wallows, before the pre-chorus pulls her out of that mind rut. By the time Keeper E. lightheartedly repeats the song's title in the chorus, you're unexpectedly on your feet. "Even with all the waiting and boredom of life, this song is still a kind of celebration of ennui," she said via press release. "Sometimes it's nice to have nothing going on. It's nice to have a monotonous routine that you can rely on. Sometimes the wait for things makes them even better when they happen." — Holly Gordon
'Sayonara,' Boyfrn, Terrell Morris
There's a playful energy between high-school pals Boyfrn and Terrell Morris as the two trade verses about leaving a love interest in the dust on the alt-hip-hop single "Sayonara." "Tell that girl don't pray for me/ I'm gone gone like sayonara," are the lyrics to the addictive chorus, with Boyfrn making some shady quips about his love interest getting bankrolled by a rich parent. Morris continues to air out his lightly salted contempt with his animated, fast-paced rapping, warning that getting his heart broken will lead to repercussions. Over buzzy instrumentals and a trappy beat, the pair articulate how they're levelling up and making money: "I got the means to better you, but I want better, too," raps Morris. With thundering bass, the funk-laced track is the perfect theme song for "any ratchet activities this summer," as Boyfrn explained on Instagram. — Natalie Harmsen
'Sossaup,' Kaytraminé feat. Amaarae
Montreal DJ and producer Kaytranada has teamed up with American rapper Aminé on a new collaborative project, and the two artists even conjoined their names to birth the new moniker Kaytraminé. The duo released its debut self-titled album on May 19, and although the two artists have worked on tracks here and there for the past decade, this album is their first major joint effort. The 11 tracks include features from heavyweights like Pharrell and Snoop Dogg and new-school rappers Big Sean and Freddie Gibbs. On "Sossaup," a track featuring emerging hip-hop and Afro-pop artist Amaarae, a bubbling beat reminiscent of Bubba-era Kaytranada sweeps things up into a lush and heady frenzy. Aminé and Amaarae trade off-the-cuff, raunchy lyrics, boasting an enviable confidence in their own sexual prowess. The track is made for those instances on the dance floor where the whole crowd is undulating in unison, like a fluid wave of bodies all enraptured in the heat of the moment. — Kelsey Adams