The Beaches, Haviah Mighty, Jon Vinyl with Tash and more: songs you need to hear this week
Five new tracks to add to your playlist right now.
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 the Beaches, Amaal, Riit, Haviah Mighty and Tash with Jon Vinyl. Scroll down to find out why you need to hear them, too.
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'Wishy Washy,' Haviah Mighty feat. Omega Mighty
"In Women Colour" and "Waves," the first two singles off Haviah Mighty's upcoming album, 13th Floor, established the Toronto rapper as a spitfire MC whose flow and lyrical precision is at its sharpest. But on her third single, "Wishy Washy," Mighty is ready to loosen up and make her early bid for song of the summer. Co-produced by Taabu and A Tribe Called Red's 2oolman, the track fuses reggae, dancehall and pop into something that may sound breezy at first, but is taking direct aim at those who are perhaps too comfortable being indecisive or flaky. Teaming up with her sister, Omega Mighty, Haviah proves that she can nail a catchy chorus just as much as she can execute more technical feats. Keep this track on-hand for the summer months ahead.
— Melody Lau
'Coming & Going,' Amaal
"Am I coming? Going? Coming," asks Amaal on her second track of 2019, a slow jam with subtle innuendo ("Your emotions speaking oceans under me") and a sophisticated nocturnal vibe. The ambiguity in the song's title finds expression through a meandering, quasi-improvised vocal line that denies you the satisfaction of a full-blown chorus. Instead, you just submit to Amaal's tuneful, obsessive musings on relationships, mixed signals and whether to fight your feelings.
Hear Amaal and all your favourite R&B/soul artists on Marvin's Room, hosted by Amanda Parris Fridays at 7 p.m. on CBC Music and Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBC Radio One.
— Robert Rowat
'Euphemism,' Tash with Jon Vinyl
A powerhouse singer from Australia and an R&B singer from Toronto (with co-signs from Drake's OVO label and former high-school classmate Shawn Mendes) may seem a distant pairing, but when you have a little help from Instagram, anything is possible. "I came across Tash's music via Instagram after stumbling on an acoustic video of hers. I was blown away by her voice and decided to reach out," Vinyl explained.
What came of that sounds seamless. Tash and Vinyl's vocals glide ever so smoothly over each other, as the give-and-take of Tash singing, "Don't need you, don't need you," and Vinyl responding, "I need you," gets to the heart of wanting to be independent in a relationship while simultaneously giving in to it. Produced by Mark J. Feist (Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige), this collaboration has the makings of a heavy hitter, and we hope it's not the end of their work together.
— Holly Gordon
Written after a break-up and subsequent Tinder date, "Qaumajuapik" ("You are Shining") finds Nunavut electro-pop artist Riit layering throat singing, staccato breaths, eerie synth lines and field recordings from the North atop her plaintive vocals. Intense attraction has the ability to alter one's sense of time, Riit explains in Inuktitut; a blink can contain a universe. And by the song's chorus, her ethereal voice warms your heart before it punches out with haunting whispers, and you're left yearning for more.
Watch for Ritt's upcoming debut full-length, produced by Graham Walsh (Holy F--k).
— Vanja Mutabdzija Jaksic
'Snake Tongue,' the Beaches
"Why would you think I'd wanna meet you?" It's a sentiment that runs through the minds of many people who receive creepy, unsolicited messages online. It's also the crux of the Beaches' latest single, "Snake Tongue," an empowering anthem that laughs in the face of those who send these unwanted advances. Over a catchy pop-rock melody, the members of the Beaches simultaneously channel their frustrations while also brushing off this rampant form of harassment without giving these creeps the time or energy they so crave. And topping it all off is the wonderfully satisfying mid-song chant — come on, let's all repeat this — "Stop sending me all your dick pics/ they are boring me to pieces!" — ML