Each week, staff from CBC Music, Radio 2, 3, Sonica and CBC regions across the country collect songs they just can't get out of their heads, and make a case for why you should listen, too. Press play below and discover new songs for your listening list.
Let us know in the comments or via @CBCMusic what catches your ear, or if you have a new song you just can't stop playing.
Bishop Nehru, ‘Love What You Do’
If you’re in need of some inspirational easing into the week (or day, or hour), press play on this chill track from Bishop Nehru. The New York rapper has been making waves in the hip-hop world for a few years now, garnering respect from heavy hitters like Kendrick Lamar, which is already impressive, but add the fact that he’s only 19 years old and his talent will make you do a double-take.
— Nicolle Weeks (@nikkerized)
Drake, ‘One Dance’ (Justin Bieber remix)
Despite all of Drake’s success, the one thing that alluded him was a solo number 1 song. He finally got that this year with “One Dance,” the undeniably catchy, dancehall-inflected single from his (also number 1) album, Views. If there was any doubt that “One Dance” was already clutching the throne for 2016 song of the summer, Justin Bieber just hopped on the remix to give it that extra push, handling both the verse and hook with aplomb.
— Jesse Kinos-Goodin (@JesseKG)
Khari Wendell McClelland, 'Roll On'
While Khari Wendell McClelland is a Vancouver resident, his roots are in Detroit, Mich., and the tracing of African-American history is an undeniable and powerful element of his music. Indeed, McClelland's own great-great-great grandmother escaped slavery in the United States by coming to Canada. Ahead of opening for Lauryn Hill next month at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, McClelland will release his Fleeting is the Time EP, due out on June 9. McClelland performed "Roll On" from the release at a CBC Music taping earlier this year, and the song is a powerful and spiritually affirming testament to his dedication in honouring his ancestors.
— Del F. Cowie (@vibesandstuff)
Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson, ‘Tears’
Here’s a snippet of the new track from England’s breakout electronica-meets-classical group, Clean Bandit. It’s only 1:28 but it contains a verse and the chorus, which is just enough to make fans impatient for the release of the band’s much-anticipated second album, expected in 2017. For “Tears,” they’ve teamed up with vocalist Louisa Johnson, winner of The X Factor 2015, who seems more than up to the challenge of matching the electricity Clean Bandit achieved on “Rather Be,” its collaboration with Jess Glynne that won the 2015 Grammy Award for best dance recording.
— Robert Rowat (@rkhr)
Nick Jonas feat.Ty Dolla $ign, ‘Bacon’
When life gives you lemons, "throw some bacon on it." At least, that's what Nick Jonas says. In a recent interview with Pop Crush, the singer said his song "Bacon" is all about being single and the freedom that comes along with it. "The idea is when you are out of a relationship and you start to be OK with the fact that it's ended. In my case my life was great, it's so good that we should throw some bacon on it to make it even better," he said. The tune, featuring Ty Dolla $ign, is a great collaboration between the two. The song is mid-tempo, mixed with the right amount of sultry and trap. The single is the latest to drop from his forthcoming album, Last Year Was Complicated.
— Kiah Welsh (@simplykiah)
De La Soul feat. Snoop Dogg, 'Pain'
Here’s an amuse-bouche to get your mouths watering: an old-school jam with bumpin’ beats, soulful hooks and the funky flow of lyrical masters De La Soul and guest rapper Snoop D-O-double-G. The main course — the group’s eighth album and its first in 12 years — is coming on Aug. 26 and is the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign. I’m hungry.
—Amer Alkhatib (@ameralkhatib)
Angel Olsen, ‘Intern’
Maybe it’s because I recently returned from a week-long vacation, but when I hit play on Angel Olsen’s new single, “Intern,” upon returning to work, the long stretch of the words “Going through the motions as you sing your song/ doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done/ still gotta wake up and be someone,” popped any residual bubble of bliss I was taking comfort in. “Intern,” off the St. Louis artist’s upcoming album, My Woman, is a swirling, slow-burning synth number content with wallowing in the monotony of love and life and the never-ending cycles we keep falling into. The song isn’t without its glimmer of hope, though, as Olsen’s gorgeous falsetto lifts us up, even if for just a brief moment, with the reassurance of “falling in love, but I swear it’s the last time.”
Listen to the full song via Spotify, and the trailer below.
— Melody Lau (@melodylamb)