Your First Listen: 9 songs you need to discover this week


It’s time for Your First Listen, where we show you songs you need to discover this week!

This Indie88 feature is presented with Bay Bloor Radio.

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen on air. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs every day in Indie88 beginning at 10 a.m.

Online, we expand the list with a couple more tunes. This week, we’re showcasing new music from Chvrches, Chromeo, Portugal. The Man, and more.

Check out nine songs you need to discover this week below.

Chvrches – “Over”

“Over” is the first song that Chvrches have released since signing a new record deal with Island Records in North America and EMI in the UK. The new cut settled in nicely to this week’s Your First Listen broadcast component on Indie88.

Chromeo – “Words With You”

Chromeo have returned with a new single, “Words With You,” their first proper studio release since 2018’s Head Over Heels.

“For all intents and purposes, this is the first official Chromeo single since our last studio album,” the duo said in a release. “It’s a statement: a mix of new and familiar. The new: the horn section and live instruments, played throughout, from the drums to the bass to our array of synths. The familiar: the groove and the tone, two signature things that we’ve been honing for almost 20 years now. The idea was to come out with something that felt sophisticated and slick, with just enough swagger and wit to make you smile. So come over and lend an ear…we’d like to have a word with you.”

Inhaler – “Love Will Get You There”

Inhaler released their eagerly-awaited second album Cuts & Bruiseson Polydor Records/Universal Music Canada last month. The uplifting  single “Love Will Get You There” is the latest from the group to hit the airwaves at Indie88.

Portugal. The Man – “Dummy”

The latest single from Portugal. The Man has not only taken over radio airwaves, it’s also featured in Taco Bell’s new $5 Cravings Trio late-night menu TV spot.

shy kids – “family name”

Toronto-based indie outfit shy kids released their new EP Fresh Off A Feeling today, which arrives with a visualizer video for the focus track “family name.”

Nemahsis – “i wanna be your right hand”

GTA-based artists Nemahsis is currently featured on-air via Your First Listen. The latest single “i wanna be your right hand” recently arrived with a video directed by Norman Wong and Amy Gardner.

Tommy Lefroy – “Slick”

Duo Tommy Lefroy have shared the highly-anticipated EP Rivals today, featuring new tracks “The Mess” and “Slick.” They’re also up for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the JUNO Awards.

Victoria Anthony – “Can’t Hold Back”

17-year-old Vancouver-based artist Victoria Anthony has been pulling down big streaming numbers behind her new single “Can’t Hold Back.” Drawing praise from the likes of MTV and Alternative Press, this Canadian auteur is one to watch.

Frankie Flowers – “Bad Dream”

Frankie Flowers emerged from an abysmal breakup by feeding her urge to create some genre-bending tracks that blend elements of dark-wave, indie-pop, and post-punk. The latest from Frankie Flowers, “Bad Dream,” lands in this week’s Your First Listen.




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