Welcome to Vol. 8 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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Hayden James – “Something About You” (Odesza Remix)
This downtempo electronic track blurs the line between piano lullaby and neo-house.
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Odesza has been teasing this remix of “Something About You” in their live sets for months now, and fans have patiently waited. Using almost nothing but the main local line pitched incredibly high, Odesza essentially took apart the entire Hayden James version, replacing its dance-orientated sound to that of a shimmering house beat. Since the release of the Seatle-based duo’s critically acclaimed EP My Friends Never Die, mostly every release since then has been met with high praise and a cult-like following.
Jon Lawless – “Capital” feat. Daniela Andrade
Subtlety is the key to the back and forth vocalists in this larger than life alternative track.
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Normally under the moniker Swim Good, Toronto producer Jon Lawless decided to change things up and use his real name for this track. Recalling the downtempo ballad-esque sounds of “Anthems For A Seventeen-Year Old Girl” from Broken Social Scene, Lawless draws influences from soft environmental textures. “Capital” is the opening track from his EP Out One Night. Take a listen above, fans of Broken Social Scene, Fiest and Stars will appreciate.
Seoul – “Stay With Us”
Reverberating synths, soulful bass and shimmering high ends make up this motivating electronic song.
Seoul have blasted off of the scene from their homes in Montreal after the release of their stunning LP I Become A Shade. Whether it’s intentional or not, this band is full of soul, — with bass lines reminiscent of old Motown tracks, layered over top minimalist electronic melodies. Seoul has just been attached to Stars for their upcoming Fall tour, and are playing in their hometown for Osheaga this weekend. This dream-pop band is one you’ll be hearing a lot about, so check them out above.
Dilly Dally – “Desire”
Moving between breathy and raspy vocals gives this grunge track all the grit it needs.
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Calling themselves “soft grunge”, Dilly Dally draws major influences from Kurt Cobain, Christopher Owens and Pete Doherty for their “lackadaisical sorrow”. Sounding like the rebirth of The Pixies, this Toronto-based group has been working the grunge scene for nearly twelve years. Though they have had a revolving door of drummers and bassists, Lead vocalists Katie Monks and guitar player Liz Ball have stayed consistent. They’re heavy, coarse and melodic, — everything you need to get you through to the weekend.
Written by Dave Setton.