Your First Listen: Week of Dec. 14

5 remarkable songs you need to hear

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.

Miike Snow – “Genghis Khan”

“Genhis Khan” comes off of Miike Snow’s third full length, III. The guys in Miike Snow say they LOVE writing hooks – but they don’t want you to get sick of them. They said to Rolling Stone they want to get “people into singing the chorus … without making them feel like idiots.” YOU WILL sing along. YOU WON’T feel like an idiot.

Bear Mountain – “Hopeful”

After releasing their debut album in 2013, Vancouver’s Bear Mountain toured with acts like Cut Copy, MS MR, Bloc Party, and more Last week they headlined their own show in Toronto, and you can expect their second album sometime in the new year. This song is a reason to feel hopeful about their sophomore record.

Chairlift – “Romeo”

Together for a decade, Brooklyn duo Chairlift are setting up to release their third studio album, Moth, in January. If you’ve never heard of ‘em, you ALMOST have – they’ve been nominated for an MTV music award, had their music in an iPod commercial, and they’ve even COLLABORATED WITH BEYONCE.

You Say Party – “Ignorance”

After the tragic death of their drummer in 2011, BC band You Say Party went on an indefinite hiatus. They played a few shows here and there but now they are making their triumphant return with a new song called “Ignorance”. Welcome back You Say Party… we missed you.

Sleigh Bells – “Champions of Unrestricted Beauty”

Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells are working on a new album but recently said they just couldn’t wait and decided to release one of the songs from it. You’ll hear that they’re a little more polished and poppy but they still hold onto their noise pop roots; just wait til you hear those DRUMS.