New Canadian singer @Dallaspaige17 has a sultry, rhythmic winner with “Spaceship”

DALLAS, “Spaceship”

You can tell 19 year-old Toronto-born Dallas has grown up with great songs by the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé at her disposal, which puts her in similar contention to newer successes like Jhané Aiko and Kehlani.  While not as Top 40 focused as the recent success of fellow Canadian Jessie Reyez, “Spaceship” is more about the flow and groove, much along the lines of what another award-winning Canadian, Melanie Fiona, has been releasing over the past 10 years or so.  Dallas’ voice is well-suited to “Spaceship” and has a lot of potential to grow in subsequent releases.  Produced and co-written by 3Stripe and singer/songwriter Veronica, who continue to be very prolific and in a change of pace here, R&B fans will enjoy “Spaceship”.  Add it to your Into The Flow playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on May 24, 2018 at 9:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A new edgy “Anthem” is here courtesy of Toronto’s @OmarJabermusic and @3Stripeofficial

OMAR JABER and 3STRIPE, “Anthem”

“Anthem” by Toronto singer/songwriter Omar Jaber and 3Stripe – which is the new project for singer/songwriter/producer Adam Bertucci – is edgy, alt.rock which is bound to catch the ears of new music listeners if you hear it on the radio.  It does indeed have all of those anthemic qualities, including a gritty, unique vocal by Omar that weaves a story that you’ll want to hear more to get to know all of the words.  The tempo is taut, with a lot of potential room for fist pumping, and the overall sound is tight, as reliable as Adam’s past productions, including “In The Mood”, which he co-wrote with fellow Torontonian Veronica and went gold recently in Belgium.  “Anthem” is definitely one for college and alternative radio stations to get to know better with a potential for a long playlist life.  It also comes to you as part of Omar’s recent self-titled EP.

Published in: on April 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto’s @FrancoisKlark offers solid story-telling pop with “Run”

FRANÇOIS KLARK, “Run”

Newcomer François Klark is off to a fine start with his second single release “Run”, from his forthcoming album “Love”.  Hailing originally from South Africa but now based in Toronto, François has a soft, appealing voice that appears to have some soulful power which we get to hear in key moments of “Run”.  Sort of a cautionary tale, in its video “Run” offers pause for thought, when encountering a bad scene with his special guy, that if you ran from it at first, would you still do it a second time?  Or, does it just play out in your head that way?  François knows how to weave a good story and “Run” should be aimed initially at Canadian radio listeners for worthy national exposure.  Check out the video at the link above.

Published in: on March 18, 2018 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#Toronto’s @Aphrosemusic has a wicked set of pipes to be heard in bluesy “Move On”

APHROSE, “Move On”

It’s not often that I get to write about talent that is literally in my neighbourhood, which in Toronto is the former city of Scarborough.  Following folks like The Weeknd and Francesco Yates,  Aphrose has arrived, ready for you to be compelled by her powerful and soulful voice in “Move On”.  There are many parts to this young woman’s voice but most strikingly you will want to say Amy Winehouse, Pink, Adele, Fiona Apple, Alicia Keys, and a few others, just to start.  Aphrose (aka Joanna Mohammed) has the command and restraint in her blend of blues, R&B, rock and pop to keep your attention in “Move On”.  This is a great start and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Aphrose during the rest of 2018.  Check out the unique video for “Move On” above.  Perhaps you’ll make out more of its intent than I did but it’s an interesting introduction for Aphrose.

Published in: on March 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto’s @FrancescoYates dazzles with sexy Spanish flavours of “Come Over”

FRANCESCO YATES, “Come Over”

One of the most talented new singers from Canada is back with his first single in over 2 years.  My fellow Scarborough denizen (along with The Weeknd) Francesco Yates remains someone to watch after such a promising debut with his self-titled EP, following it up with a standout vocal on the much-played international hit “Sugar” by Robin Schulz.  Since then “Come Over” and other songs have been in the works while the singer occasionally made local concert appearances, which continue to solidify his outstanding stage presence and guitar playing.  “Come Over” is a sexy piece of business, set to a lilting Spanish cha cha-like rhythm which could be played on radio and in clubs next to the reggaton of “Despacito” for a wickedly smooth flow that will keep listeners’ attention.  Francesco possesses an excellent, diverse, and wide-ranging vocal talent that will continue to be recognizable on Canadian radio.  I’m hoping that the charm of “Come Over” as well as what will come next will allow for another international breakout for the hard-working and talented Francesco.  Add “Come Over” to your playlist of promising vocalists at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on February 3, 2018 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A festival of the 6 in the mix: @KeysNKrates return with @ToryLanez in “Music To My Ears”

KEYS N KRATES featuring TORY LANEZ, “Music To My Ears”

Long-time staples on the international dance scene who always draw a sizeable crowd, Toronto’s Keys N Krates are back stronger than ever and perhaps more on a pop tip with “Music To My Ears” from their new album Cura.  It was wise to bring in multiple award winner R&B/pop singer Tory Lanez, also hailing from the greater Toronto area, who provides a recognizable and playful vocal to “Music To My Ears”, which certainly doesn’t sound like what we’ve heard from K N K before.  This is really fresh-sounding, standing out amid so much sound-alike dance music in 2018.  Listen for “Music To My Ears” in clubs and on radio, which by all rights should not miss out on playing what is an obvious hit in the making!!

Published in: on February 3, 2018 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto’s @RiverTiber returns with hypnotic, R&B-influenced “Patience”

RIVER TIBER, “Patience”

If his new songs are anything like “Patience”, 2018 is going to be a stellar year and well worth the wait for singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley, aka River Tiber, about whom I’ve written regularly over the last number of years.  We haven’t heard from Tommy since his quickie 2016 EP for Red Bull, “Illusions”, and his critically acclaimed album Indigo.  Never sacrificing quality for quantity in much the same vein as his friends and collaborators such as Grammy-nominee Daniel Caesar (at whose Toronto concert he recently performed), Kaytranada, and BADBADNOTGOOD, “Patience” is as layered and complex as ever, but it jumps back on to the R&B groove that pervaded and took to another level past River Tiber songs like “Let You Go” and “No Talk”.  The story of “Patience” unfolds in a rather understated way but is then anchored with a full-on intense and hypnotic jam, and a stunning vocal chorus, but not until the 1:35 mark, so wait for it!!  Be sure to add “Patience” to your playlists using the Spotify link above.

River Tiber performs at The Mod Club in Toronto on Friday December 29.

Published in: on December 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Meet Canada’s new fresh-voiced charmer @QuintonnCochran with “In Your Eyes”

QUINTON COCHRAN, “In Your Eyes”  

Fans of the CBC’s recent Searchlight Showcase will already know 17 year old Torontonian Quinton Cochran as a finalist in that competition.  But if you don’t like me, then we have a new fresh-voiced domestic talent to root for.  Immediate comparisons will go to Shawn Mendes and they aren’t unwarranted with a similar easy-going charm that goes a long way on its own.  Quinton may have an edge though with a voice that could likely sing any song put in front of him and make it work.  New single and lyric video “In Your Eyes” has Quinton singing in a higher, more powerful voice sometimes equally suited to someone like Shawn.  He’s also newly signed to Radar Love Records, which is run by Glass Tiger drummer Michael Hanson, which is a great previous Canadian music generation connection to have behind him.  Quinton Cochran is definitely one to watch starting NOW!

 

Published in: on October 20, 2017 at 10:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“High Tide” is gentle and inspiring folk/pop EP from Toronto’s @JustinNozuka

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JUSTIN NOZUKA, High Tide (EP)

It’s so hard to believe that Justin Nozuka’s first album Holly was released 10 years ago this Fall, and the thoughtful and emotion-wrenching lead single “After Tonight” became one of my go-to songs for not only the next year but forever more, it has endured so very well.  Flash forward and we’re now at the start of a fourth album release for Justin.  He’s chosen to release it in EP parts instead of all at once, so the first three-song offering is called “High Tide”.  It’s a gracious blend of folk and pop and rock like no one else is making.  Inspired greatly by love and nature, you can feel the gentle power particularly in “No Place In Mind”, which reminds me a lot of songs from Justin’s 2010 album You I Wind Land & Sea.  Opener “All I Need” is satisfying and slicker pop, and could be a nice slice of ear candy for pop/adult/alternative radio.  “Hourglass” takes some kind early advice from parents to reflect on and use as empowering self-realization.  High Tide is a true pleasure to hear, with a lot to say crammed into the thoughts of three songs.  You can check out the entire EP at the Spotify link below, but be sure to pick it up at your favourite digital store too.

Toronto’s @InMyComa returns as a quartet with a cool video for rocker “Beautiful Mind”

IN MY COMA, “Beautiful Mind”

Even in the music world, six years between your first two records is a long time, but when you can engage fans like Toronto-based band In My Coma did supporting their debut album Magnets & Miracles, then you turn them into keepers who stick with you for when your new music is ready.  Now at last we have the new single “Beautiful Mind”, with a more refined, polished sound that also continues to allow In My Coma to rock out like they have done in the past as they continue to acquire wider appeal for their songs.  

The original trio of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Jasper James, bassist LauraDoll, and drummer Mike Paterson was expanded not long ago to include keyboardist Linz Clark, and In My Coma has really gelled as a quartet in concert, opening for the likes of classic Canadian rockers Moist, the diverse USS, and most recently longtime rockers Nazareth.  

To make a big splash, the band has a striking video for “Beautiful Mind”, with ink-and-paper-like images of the band members performing with a series of often comical characters, including the John Oliver-inspired #JustAddZebras, in this case a dancing one.

The music of In My Coma appeals to fans of rock music transcending the 80’s new wave of Duran Duran, and 90’s grunge of Pearl Jam, to the likes of today’s Cage The Elephant.  The co-founder of Moist, Mark Makoway, has produced the band’s upcoming second album Next Life, due on October 6.  

I’m looking forward to the ongoing evolution of In My Coma – some of the finest taltned folks in the biz who are already getting early support from the likes of long-time radio host and Canadian music historian Alan Cross.  Give the video a good solid watch up top!

Published in: on September 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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