6 songs you need to hear this week
Each week, staff from CBC Music and CBC regions across the country collect songs they just can't get out of their heads, and make a case for why you should listen, too. Press play below and discover new songs for your listening list.
Let us know in the comments or via @CBCMusic what catches your ear, or if you have a new song you just can't stop playing.
Shura, 'What's It Gonna Be?'
British artist Shura released her full-length debut, Nothing's Real, last week — an album that's been years in the making — and it easily ranks up there as one of the year's best pop albums so far. "What's It Gonna Be?", one of the album's singles, is a prime example of what Shura excels at doing: contemplating romances (or in this case, the unlikeliness of one) with an astute sense of clarity that's channelled through a laser-cut hook. Although this track follows a crush into a dead end, there's still a thrill to the track's layered synths, a rush of endorphins that makes anything feel possible.
— Melody Lau (@melodylamb)
Gently defiant and a little mournful, this simple piano-driven ballad is for all the broken hearts that have been pieced back together — and are trying their best to stay that way. "I didn't lose myself/ this time, baby," Beyries sings, her voice wise and strong, building a fortress with every chorus.
— Andrea Warner (@_andreawarner)
Tory Lanez, 'Controlla'
Toronto's Tory Lanez can't seem to escape the Drake comparisons — rightfully so considering their history, however brief it may be. But as the "other guy from Toronto," as Lanez has said, it's probably for the best. Case in point: this remix of one of the standout tracks from Drake's Views. Lanez not only makes the song his own, but manages to one-up the "Six God" on his own track by changing the lyrics up and singing it with an effortless-sounding Auto-Tuned patois. It sounds like someone who's stockpiling an arsenal in order to come for the throne.
— Jesse Kinos-Goodin (@JesseKG)
Liteyears, 'Rhythm in the Stars'
Five-piece Toronto pop band Liteyears is an ambitious group. The video for "Rhythm in the Stars" is just one of five that the band shot for its debut EP, American Towns, over the course of a single weekend. The other videos include timpani, a string quartet and a 40-piece concert orchestra. "Rhythm in the Stars" is a sprawling anthem with mature verses, but it isn't afraid to party in the chorus. If this first single is any indication, the debut from Liteyears is going to be a good one.
— Judith Lynch (@CBCJudith)
Little Scream, 'Dark Dance'
It's easy to picture yourself twirling around to Little Scream's "Dark Dance," a hushed, poppy track from her May 2016 album, Cult Following, so it's an extra treat to get such a beautifully choreographed video to go with it this week. Directed by Lee Skinner, the video features dancers Tavia Christina and Zenon Zubyk, who take us from their rundown shack in the middle of a field to a delightfully strange parade, complete with a miniature horse and an alpaca. A perfect pairing for those of us who can't live solely on a diet of optimistic summer jams.
— Holly Gordon (@hollygowritely)
Geneva, 'Yours to Keep'
Toronto singer Geneva's blend of R&B and electronic sounds is typified on "Yours to Keep", the opening song from her recent Exhale EP released by Urbnet. Sonically taking on the atmospheric ambience currently prevalent in R&B, Geneva distinguishes herself with her tangible head-over-heels positivity and the song's insistently melodic chorus.
— Del Cowie (@vibesandstuff)