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 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.
The Chemical Brothers – “C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L”
If you were a teen in the 90s, U.K. electro acts like the Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers changed the sound of alternative music in North America, counter balancing the guitar heavy grunge scene. They also paved the way for superstar DJ culture and the EDM scene which would blow up down the line. The Chemical Brothers have been around for 25 years and really show no sign of slowing down. Last year they released a new record, and recently released this earworm that will have you spell out their name indefinitely (so you won’t forget them, surely.)
Charlotte Cardin – “Dirty Dirty”
If you love the singing competition show The Voice, know that without it we may not have this artist. Charlotte Cardin was a finalist in the French Canadian version, La Voix, back in 2014. Fast forward two years and one EP later, she’s released music in both official languages and has a growing following. You’ll hear here name a lot more in 2107 so get to know Charlotte Cardin.
Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam – “In a Blackout”
If you love New York Indie Rock from the mid 2000s do I have a treat for you! New Yorkers The Walkmen went on hiatus in 2014, but their singer has gone solo and hooked up with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam. Over the past two years they’ve been putting together a record, and it sounds like a perfect soundtrack for a dive bar jukebox in Brooklyn (or for a great indie movie soundtrack.) Here’s Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam “In a Blackout.”
Elephant Stone – “Manipulator”
Montreal’s Elephant Stone bring groovy and catching tracks to you on their new album Shop of Fools. This one was almost buried because early demos were a bit too rock-y for their liking, but after mixing a of Motown and house beats together it all started to sound right. Here’s the result: “Manipulator.”
M83 – “Road Blaster”
French electro band M83 are really bringing the ’80s back with the synthesized horns and retro guitars on this dance track. It’s one to crank in your Dad’s vintage Ferrari when you borrow while skipping school… and what I’m saying is this could be in a Ferris Bueller remake. M83 “Road Blaster”
Image by Gaëlle Leroyer via Charlotte Cardin