Each week we feature five remarkable songs that 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.
Weezer – “Africa”
In December a 14-year-old from Cleveland named Mary was learning Weezer songs for her School of Rock cover band and thought of a great idea: Weezer should cover Toto’s 80’s hit “Africa.” She then launched a Twitter campaign and account @weezerafrica and tweeted at Weezer every day. Her persistence has paid off, we have been blessed by the rains… well… Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa”!
Brave Shores – “Magic Man”
After releasing the synth-pop track “Cult Kids” back in February, Brother/ sister duo Brave Shores have emerged out of nowhere with a boatload of new material! They’ve shared ‘Part 1’ of their upcoming album La Hoo La La. It’s dreamy, synth-heavy golden pop, like this one “Magic Man.”
St. Vincent – “Fast Slow Disco”
At Coachella, St. Vincent teased a reworked version of the track “Slow Disco” and here it is! The original was a slower orchestral ballad and this new version, “Fast Slow Disco,” it definitely more disco tinged and uptempo.
Gorillaz ft. George Benson – “Humility”
Your favourite virtual band Gorillaz have finally announced their next album, The Now Now will be out June 29th, and as opposed to their collab heavy last release, this new album will focus on the groups 4 main members. This one has a chill summer vibe.
Barns Courtney – “Glitter and Gold”
Barns Courtney used to be in a punk band called Dive Bella Dive then went alt-country-rock. Though a lot of his tunes have landed in TV series, this one has been been quite a big break, gaining so much attention as the theme song to Netflix’s Safe.