So Fresh And So Clean

Why recycle last year’s playlist? Here are the best party-starting tunes to emerge from 2014 thus far.

Los Awesome, Schoolboy Q 

Man Of The Year might have been the bigger hit from Q’s second full-length, but this Pharrell-produced track is the danciest by far.

Schoolboy Q plays the Sound Academy Friday (November 21).  

Seasoned Dope, Skratch Bastid 

Only Toronto-via-Halifax remix master Paul Murphy (aka Skratch Bastid) would think to combine Future Islands’ heartbreaking earworm single Seasons with Pusha T’s drug-slinging banger Move That Dope. Results are predictably genius.

Skratch Bastid plays Adelaide Hall Saturday (November 22).

Our Love, Caribou 

The title track from Canadian expat Dan Snaith’s latest album starts out chill and cool, but – like any good party should – gets wild and bass-heavy about halfway through.

Caribou plays the Danforth Music Hall with Jessy Lanza Monday (November 24).

Kathy Lee, Jessy Lanza 

Technically, this finger-snapping electro R&B song came out on 2013’s Pull My Hair Back. But it certainly got more attention when its video was shortlisted for the Prism Prize, and the album was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Both happened this year.

Jessy Lanza plays the Danforth Music Hall with Caribou on Monday (November 24).

Oh My Darling Don’t Cry, Run the Jewels

The song with what might be the densest, most urgent production on an album full of dense, urgent production. The sonic equivalent of a blast of fresh air.

Run the Jewels play the Danforth Music Hall Wednesday (November 26)

Systematic, Arkells

It’s from High Noon, the album the Hamilton band released this year, but like much of the record, Systematic has a classic 80s pop feel. 

Arkells play the Danforth Music Hall November 27-29

Set Fire, Jazz Cartier 

Prove to your friends you know more Toronto rappers than just Drizzy. Save this hard-rapping, hard-clapping jam for the post-2 am hardcore guests.

Jazz Cartier plays the Garrison November 28.

LGBT, Lowell

Queer power shout-along anthem. Definitely better than YMCA.

Lowell plays the Garrison December 5.

2 On, Tinashe 

The hit that not only coined a new phrase for “turnt up” but also landed L.A. R&B singer Tinashe a spot at OVO Fest.

Tinashe plays Tattoo December 14.

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