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 Weeknd – “Secrets”
What’s old is new again with the latest Weeknd track, featuring the blueprint of The Romantics “Talking in Your Sleep” complete with sample of Tears for Fears “Pale Shelter.” It has the familiarity of ’80s classics to match his MJ-like smooth vocals, but with a 2016 twist. Solid gold!
Tomi Swick – “Liberty”
Some people have started comparing Hamilton to the ‘Brooklyn of Toronto’… that is, if Toronto were the Manhattan. I’m not sure I agree, but I will say the Hammer’s music scene is thriving and Tomi Swick’s soulful vocals and sold songwriting has been a big part of it for well over a decade. Here’s the latest from Tomi Swick, “Liberty.”
Kings of Leon – “Around the World”
Kings of Leon really tried to reinvent themselves with this new record Walls, switching up their longtime producer and recording in unfamiliar surroundings… LA. See if you hear something a bit sunnier on this one, “Around the World”.
Repartee – “Die B4 U”
Hopefully you saw Repartee rule our third birthday party back in September. The band, originally from
St. John’s, Newfoundland, now call Toronto home. Trivia fact: singer Meg is a trained opera singer. Here’s their latest “Die B4 U.”
Cage the Elephant – “Cold Cold Cold”
These guys are from Bowling Green, Kentucky but always sound British to me, could be because the influence seeped in when they related to London, England. But Cage the Elephant came back to America to work with the Black Keys Dan Auerbach on the album Tell Me I’m Pretty. This one is a bit reminiscent Simon & Garfunkel’s “A Hazy Shade Of Winter,” and fitting for the season, Cage The Elephant “Cold Cold Cold.”