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The Darcys, Busty and the Bass, Willa, Beauts, more: songs you need to hear this week
By
Editorial Staff

Published

April 26, 2016

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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.


Busty and the Bass, ‘I Try’ (Macy Gray cover)

The best cover songs do two things. First, they remind you about the awesomeness of the original song, and second, they do something new to that song that casts it in a new light. This new Busty and the Bass cover of Macy Gray’s 1999 hit, “I Try,” does both. The Montreal band has been playing it for a while at its shows, and has now recorded it and released a video. “What function key do I hit to watch this a million times at once??” asks fan Darcy McDonald on theband’s Facebook page. Good question!

— Robert Rowat (@rkhr)


Roisin Murphy, ‘Mastermind’

A delightful mixture of sounds and lyrics and a drum machine pieced together, Roisin Murphy's new track “Mastermind” reminds us of her musical prowess. ​An urgent, booming track that somehow manages to be pretty chill, you can pump this into your headphones all afternoon without getting bored — there's something new to discover on each listen. “Mastermind” is the lead single off ​Murphy's LP Take Her Up to Monto, ​which comes out July 8.

— Nicolle Weeks (@nikkerized)

 

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, ‘Cut Ya Down’

Brooklyn by way of Boston soul and blues man Eli “Paperboy” Reed has been consistently doing his thing for a few years now, getting attention for his Motown- and gospel-inspired sound. With his new record, he kicks things up a notch or two with this explosive version of a dark folk song that goes by many names. You may recognize the Johnny Cash version called “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” or Moby’s interpretation “Run On” — just two examples of the places this song can go. The best thing about this song could be the accompanyinghot sauce, which you can get if you pre-order Reed’s upcoming album, My Way Home.

— Jeanette Cabral (@jeanettecabral)


Walrus, 'Wearing It'

Get ready to embrace your inner psychedelia with this great new tune from Halifax rockers Walrus. If you're a fan of music that feels like a modern evolution of surf rock, with trance-inducing jangly guitar chords, Walrus just might be your next favourite group — the musical equivalent to tie-dye Fruit Roll-Ups. To me, this song sounds like a proper night out in the north end of the great harbour town. Send this track to any and all friends who keep an ear out for great new music, because Walrus is definitely on the up and come.

— Kerry Martin (@OhHiKerry)


Tika, ‘The Betrayer’

Tika the Creator has fashioned a sterling reputation for herself as one of Toronto's most productive and engaging curatorial forces. Among other things, she has helped to carve out spaces for progressive artists on stages whether through the Gyalcast podcast she co-founded or organizing The Known Unknown showcases. After her focus on being a mover and shaker in the background, Tika puts herself back into the front on the impressive new EP Some Things are Better Left Unsaid, released last week. A relationship gone awry is behind "The Betrayer," a sumptuous, guitar-laced track produced by 2nd Son, known for his work with Toronto R&B singer Allie. The sting of rejection is palpable in Tika's vocal performance, as she sings "I took you to another place/ I showed you what was in my world," before she reclaims her self-assurance. By punctuating the line "But what you did I did already!" with a soul-cleansing yelp, Tika is already on to the next. -

— Del F. Cowie (@vibesandstuff)

 

The Darcys, ‘Miracle’

The Toronto duo is back after a two-year hiatus, and how things have changed. The Darcys did a lot of soul-searching during that time, which included writing, recording and writing some more. They spent time all over the world, including L.A. and New Zealand, perfecting the new sound they wanted for their return. Saying the band took a new direction would be an understatement: Wes Marskell and Jason Couse threw everything we knew about them out the window. I'm calling this sound "pop mojo" (TM), with bits of groovy hooks. Whatever it is, it's good.

— Matthew Fisher (@MattRFisher)

 

Adam Baldwin, 'Daylight'

In a time when so many artists are telling stories about places they've never been, relationships they've never experienced and lessons they've never actually learned, it's nice to come across true authenticity in song. You'll hear exactly that with Halifax's Adam Baldwin, who writes victory anthems for the nine-to-five weekday warriors — and he's done it so well with his new track, “Daylight.” This sounds like heartland rock of the late 1970s, but with a slight flare of the modern drilled in as well. Baldwin doesn't brag with his music; he tells it like it is. — KM


Willa, ‘Hey'

Vancouver's Willa, a.k.a. Ali Milner, dropped a new song last week, and what a jam! High-energy pop music at its best. You just know everyone is going to be singing the lyrics "I could be making cash/ I could be busting ass" as loud as possible when they see her live. "Hey" comes off her upcoming debut album, Criminals + Dreamers, and if this song is any indication, it's going to get her some well deserved attention. New album drops May 6. — MF

Editor’s note: strong language warning.

 

Car Seat Headrest, ‘Fill in the Blank’

When you’re depressed, your brain doubts everything — even your right to feel depressed. This inner monologue, these wrestling thoughts that tie your mind into a knot, form the core of Car Seat Headrest’s new song, “Fill in the Blank.” It’s a rumbling, start-stop rock track that echoes the bumpy road of mental health, one where you visualize yourself being split in two just so you could take your own fists and “best up the rest of me.” But the feeling finds a victorious ending in the climax, where songwriter Will Toledo joyfully and triumphantly shouts, “I’ve got a right to be depressed!” So take those fists and throw them in the air.

— Melody Lau (@melodylamb)


Beauts, ‘Covers’

Fair warning: you'll never get the opening guitar notes of "Covers" out of your head. This new track from Halifax's Beauts hooks you as soon as those notes kick in, building a catchy pop-rock number that explodes into a scrappier party in the second half. "Covers" is the lead single from the band's second EP, Waves/Wash, which comes out on June 10 — and it sounds like you’ll want it for your summer party playlists.

— Holly Gordon (@hollygowritely)