5 Indie Songs That Defy Genre

Who needs labels anyway?

Some artists choose to colour within the lines, creating great music within their particular genre, while others would rather draw a whole new picture.

Give these 5 genre-busting songs a spin:

Shad – “Remember To Remember (ft. Lights)”

Shad never fails to deliver clever and insightful lyrics. Not to mention he plays guitar live and consistently challenges the idea of what hip-hop is all about. This track is just further proof that he is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets.

The Knocks – “Comfortable (ft. X Ambassadors)”

The Knocks, with the help of X Ambassadors have given their NYC disco vibes the rock star treatment. Crowded dance floors around the world, REJOICE!

James Blake – “Life Round Here (ft. Chance the Rapper)”

Two of the music industry’s more curious stars teamed up for this track in October 2013, resulting in a collaboration we just can’t put our finger on. Chance’s verse weaves and meshes perfectly with Blake’s crooning and spacey production, leaving us with a track that is very easy on the ears. Is spacey-techno-alternative-r&b-hip hop a genre?

The Strumbellas – “Sailing”

FolkPop, RockGrass, AltCountry, these are all words that have tried to encapsulate the genre of Toronto’s own Strumbellas. Whatever you want to call it, you’ll be stomping and moving your feet along to this track.

St. Lucia – “Elevate”

Jean-Philp Grobler, or St. Lucia as we now know him, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he sang in a boys choir and was inspired to make music by the likes of Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Sting, and Phil Collins. Those influences, along with the ever-evolving Brooklyn music scene combined to give us “Elevate” and all the vibes that come with it.