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 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.
Pixies – “Classic Masher”
The Pixies are back, and with their second release since their break up back in 1991. Of course there’s a lineup change: Kim Deal has been replaced by Paz Lenchantin, who you may remember as a member of A Perfect Circle back in the day. Let’s get to one off the New record Head Carrier, this one sounds like classic pop Pixies: this is “Classic Masher”.
A Tribe Called Red – “R.E.D.”
A Tribe Called Red is much buzzed about, and for good reason. The group puts on a stellar live set: powerful, political, unique, and making fantastic electro tracks by mixing first nations pow wow drums and vocals with beats. Their list of collaborators is also pretty impressive. Take this track “RED” which features Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) and Iraqi-Canadian MC Narcy. The track also samples First Nations drum group Black Bear. Here’s the latest from A Tribe Called Red, “R.E.D.” on your first listen
CRX – “Ways To Fake It”
If you love The Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age, you might already know about CRX, the latest project from The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi. Josh Homme produced the debut record New Skin which is out October 28th, and gives you enough time to get into it before the Toronto show at the Garrison in November. Enjoy some riffy indie pop from CRX this is “Ways to Fake It” on Your First listen.
Harrison Brome – “Midnight Island”
Bob Moses will be back in town playing the Danforth October 15th, and they’re bringing someone from their hometown of Vancouver along to open: twenty-year-old Harrison Brome. He’s just getting some buzz, so show up early to the show for those “I saw them first” bragging rights.
Justice – “Randy”
French electronic duo Justice …or Just-eece if you want to be proper about it, will be releasing their first album in five years November 18th. It’s called Woman and it sounds like it’ll be interesting. It features few new guest vocalists as well as the London Contemporary Orchestra. To tide you over, here’s a sneak peak, here’s “Randy”