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Your invitation to Tobi and Selah Sue's pity party, and 4 more songs you need to hear this week

Fresh Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now.

Fresh Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now

Belgian musician Selah Sue collaborates with Canada's Tobi on her latest single, 'Hurray.' (Selah Sue/Facebook)

Each week, CBC Music producers come together to highlight Canada's best new tracks.

This week, we got hooked on new songs from:

  • Caribou.
  • Selah Sue featuring Tobi.
  • Myst Milano.
  • dvsn and Ty Dolla $ign.
  • Munya.

Scroll down to find out why you need to hear them, too.

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

Hit play on our Songs You Need to Hear stream, filled with songs that CBC Music's producers have chosen for their playlists, and tune into CBC Music Mornings every Thursday to hear CBC Music's Jess Huddleston and Saroja Coelho reveal which of these tracks is the standout new Canadian song.


'You Can do It,' Caribou 

One of Caribou's great strengths is the way he utilizes a single phrase, looping a sequence of words in a manner that both bolsters its meaning while also rendering it into a sonic mood. On his latest single, "You Can do It," Caribou's Dan Snaith treats the title's four-word phrase like an instrument of its own, layering it atop warm synths. As "you can do it" repeats over and over again, the syllables are chopped up, collapsing into a forward momentum that is echoed in its hypnotizing video featuring dogs running in slow motion and leaping into the air to catch a Frisbee. Move aside, "Hang in there, baby" cat posters — we have a new motivational visual to look at, and listen to. — Melody Lau 


'Hurray,' Selah Sue feat. Tobi

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the pity party," announces Toronto rapper Tobi, kicking off his collaboration with Belgian singer-songwriter Selah Sue. A horn-backed jam that projects a laundry list of insecurities on the world, "Hurray" has a chorus that rolls off the tongue and a swagger that doesn't care if those judgments are hypocritical. "Get away get away get away get away/ from what it says about me (aay)/ I'm judging everybody/ when I'm just as guilty," Selah Sue sings, as Tobi slides into the back half of the song, delivering a brief but bright feature to admit that "misery loves company" — so why don't you "come and join in the fun with me"? It's impossible not to. — Holly Gordon


'Mynt,' Myst Milano

Myst Milano is a chameleon. The rapper, producer, DJ and community organizer is hard to pin down, from their ever-changing looks to their Rolodex of musical influences. It's what makes the anticipation of new music from the Toronto artist so exhilarating. You never know exactly what you're about to hear. It's fitting, then, that Milano's recently released debut album is titled Shapeshyfter. The range of sounds on the album is indicative of the ballroom, punk and dance music scenes that Milano is embedded in. They wrote and produced all the songs, including standout track, "Mynt." Milano rides the beat swathed in hazy synth and glittering drums effortlessly. It's a self-assured anthem, with witty wordplay and recurring lyrics about all the ways Milano reigns supreme  — they keep it "poppin' in this b----h like a bad knee," "like a prescription," and "like some acne." Mint or as Milano has stylized it, mynt, is fresh and invigorating. They know they've got that irresistible zing and aren't afraid to show it. — Kelsey Adams

 

'Memories,' dvsn, Ty Dolla $ign

Collaborations between musicians have become the norm on singles, but it's much less common for them to put out full albums together the way Canadian R&B duo dvsn and American rapper/vocalist (and OVO Sound labelmate) Ty Dolla $ign have done with Cheers to the Best Memories. A highlight from the 11-song set is the quasi-title track, "Memories," a stirring, midtempo, gospel-tinged ode to the transformative powers of sex. "Givin' you the best of me when you sexin' me/ We gon' need a room to make some memories tonight," Ty asserts in the chorus with dvsn's Daniel Daley singing backup. The song's absolutely lavish collage of sound — Noah "40" Shebib joins dvsn's Anthony Paul Jefferies, a.k.a. Nineteen85, on production duties — compensates for the admittedly guileless but overall effective lyrics. — Robert Rowat


'Cocoa Beach,' Munya 

There's an otherworldly quality to everything Quebec artist Josie Boivin, a.k.a. Munya, makes. Whether it's the actual songwriting process, in which Boivin describes as music coming to her "from another world" or literally featuring an alien in her music video, the music of Munya can feel beamed down to Earth and presented as shimmering indie-pop melodies. Munya's latest, "Cocoa Beach," from her upcoming debut album, Voyage to Mars (out Nov. 5), may evoke thoughts of space at first — Cocoa Beach is a town 15 miles from the John F. Kennedy Space Centre — but it's a song that's much more grounded in our everyday lives. Based on a disco-inspired foundation of rhythm guitars and a grooving bassline, "Cocoa Beach" is about "being fearless, about finding your inner force and embracing failure as your path to happiness," according to a statement. "It's about pushing yourself over your limits and accomplishing the impossible through sheer force of will." And it's not a solitary mission, as Boivin encourages on the pre-chorus: "We can make it together." — ML 

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