Under the Radar Vol. 4

Check out new music from Beirut, Hollow Coves, Jessy Lanza, and Petite Noir

Welcome to Vol. 4 of “Under The Radar“. Every week we get together and discuss what’s exciting. We vote and share the best with you here. This week we have four tracks to share from a great mix of bands, including some local talent. If you like what you hear, check out our Under the Radar channel on JAM by Indie88.

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Beirut – “No No No”

The curious synths and bouncing drums of “No No No” will surely brighten your morning.

Growing up in New Mexico, Beirut frontman Zach Condon was exposed to a lot mariachi music, which is probably the reason the band sounds the way it does. Incorporating horns and bossa in with indie-synth has led to Beirut’s worldly yet unique sound. Although the nature of this song (and video) is somewhat playful, their upcoming album (due out September 11th) is written mostly about a rough divorce Condon went through and overcoming health issues.

Petite Noir – “Chess”

This hypnotizing mixture of soulful falsetto and booming baritone will leave you in a trance.

Yannick Ilunga, the South African musician who goes under the pseudonym “Petite Noir” might just be the most impressive person you’ll hear all day. Much like a game of chess, Ilunga takes turns in this conversational song from different perspectives by switching between falsetto, mid-range and baritone vocals with ease. Using a well balanced layering of natural and electronic sounds, Petite Noir sounds like candy to the ears. Fans of LCD Soundsystem and TV On The Radio be warned.

Jessy Lanza – “Kathy Lee”

The airy vocals, laid back beat and choppy effects are the perfect ingredients that make up this experimental dance track.

Hamilton-based artist Jessy Lanza has been regarded as one of the best new electronic-pop acts today. Comparative to SZA or James Blake, Lanza uses ethereal vocals, and bounces them off a spotless and refined backing track. Co-written by fellow Canadian Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys, this is sure to be on your summer playlist.

Hollow Coves- “The Woods”

Two voices, two guitars, and beautiful melodies make up this gorgeous folk track.

This earthy, acoustic duo, composed of Matt Carins and Ryan Henderson have quickly gathered worldwide praise since their formation in 2013. Only having a three song demo to their name, Drifting‘s success has launched them outside of Brisbane, Australia — even getting mention from One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. Their simple acoustic ballads will bring “chilled vibes to you”. Take a listen if your’re a fan of Sufjan Stevens or Fleet Foxes.

Written by Dave Setton.