Eight essential new songs by Toronto artists

Check out these new tracks from Chippy Nonstop, LAL, Boyfrn and more

We took a break from our usual Bandcamp Friday-timed schedule of our favourite local music to bring you The Sound of Toronto Right Now earlier this month, so we’re back with a special mid-month roundup of under-the-radar tunes to keep you warm. Plus: one former Sound of Toronto cover star.

While you’re here, though, don’t miss Toronto artists, including some stars of that package, with new music. Jane Inc.’s debut album, Number One, is out today. Joncro has a new song. There’s a new Korea Town Acid video. The Darcys’ Jason Couse and Wes Marskell became producers for another artist with the debut single from outlaw country project Billy and the Devil. And Witch Prophet dropped another impossibly cool new single. – RICHARD TRAPUNSKI

Chippy Nonstop x DJ Genderfluid: Breaking Your Heart

A fixture in Toronto’s electronic and dance music scenes and former Sound of Toronto NOW cover star, Chippy Nonstop is known for mind-melting DJ sets. In her latest single from her upcoming album (a collaborative project with DJ Genderfluid), she wants to break everyone’s heart. It’s a poppy dance anthem designed for leaving it all on the dance floor. I can’t help but imagine hearing it blasting through speakers at 3 am at a warehouse rave. We can all dream!  – KELSEY ADAMS

Aminata: 36K

It’s been awhile since Aminata has glided on a beat like this. Like on the music she used to make as one half of the duo bizZarh, her breathy and escapist raps ebb and flow like water. She has an uncanny ability to effortlessly drop thought-provoking and incisive bars. KA

Boyfrn: Last Night 

On Last Night, Boyfrn is rapping about a love on its last legs and struggling to let go, a well-worn narrative many can relate to. But what makes this track feel so fresh is his evasive and hard-to-define sound. He masters all the songs he’s juggling, rapping and singing in three different voices while the production moves from ethereal and gentle to abrasive and guttural. KA

LAL: End Of This World Together (Ciel’s Moebius Trip)

This is an iconic Toronto link-up. LAL have been releasing contemplative downtempo music for over 20 years and Ciel is an emerging voice who has made a mark in the city’s electronic scene in recent years. Her spin raises the BPM quite a bit from LAL’s original and creates an exhilarating sonic experience. Reflecting on the events of last year, of being isolated and rediscovering stillness, LAL felt ready to “enter a new paradigm.” If the world is going to end, we will weather it collectively. KA

Quezal: Me In 20 years (Moses Sumney cover)

Moses Sumney is hard to emulate, with a voice that can reach otherworldly heights. but she Quezal stands her ground. Her version is paired down and delicate, pleading and harrowing. I was immediately taken by the tenderness of her rendition. Sometimes the simplest things are the most moving. KA

Young Clancy & Matthew Progress: PARABLE 3

Young Clancy’s production sets up the perfect playground for Progress to flex his rhymes. He rides the old-school type beat, spitting about identity, destiny and the hypocrisies of life. It’s such a tease that it’s less than two minutes long. KA

Yung Bakugo feat. Kafayé: Slow Burn

A perfect track to play as the late evening sun streams through your window, Slow Burn is all vibes. Bakugo produces and raps and the assist from Kafayé’s melodic voice brings the jazzy track together. Pressing play on this is like a cheat code for starting summer early. KA

Spawnkiss feat. Special Costello & Bésé: Sore Sight (Hemingway mix)

Here’s a link-up of Canadian artists you might not know but who should be on your radar. A cross-genre link-up on jazzy Toronto electronic label Cosmic Resonance, this is a downbeat and funky track to kick back with and glide into your weekend. RT


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