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Whitehorse to Busty and the Bass: 4 songs you need to hear this week
By
Editorial Staff

Published

January 25, 2017

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Each week, staff from CBC Music, Radio 2, 3 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, ‘Up Top’

After priming the pump with three EPs, Montreal’s Busty and the Bass will finally dowse their funk-thirsty fans with their first full-length later this year. “Up Top,” the album’s first single, takes the nonet’s characteristic funk-disco-soul fusion and cranks it up a notch with stellar production by Neal Pogue (Earth, Wind and Fire, Outkast, Nikki Minaj). Vocalist Nick Ferraro has really found his groove (not to mention a new fifth in his falsetto) and the band’s good-time vibe has reached new heights.

— Robert Rowat (@rkhr)


Her Harbour, ‘Chime and Knell’

Gabrielle Giguere's music as Her Harbour is elegant and stately, but there's also this intense emotional sweep to her songs, and perhaps never more so than in "Chime and Knell," the second single from her forthcoming release, Go Gently Into the Night. The track aches and chills with longing, but it never lapses into hopelessness. Instead there's something like hope pulling the words from her body, the melody from her bones. It's a beautiful meditation on loss and love.

— Andrea Warner (@_andreawarner)

 

Whitehorse, ‘Boys Like You’

With this shiny new track, Whitehorse extend their musical parameters far beyond anything we have heard from them to date; more than a folk act, more than an indie duo, they continue a swoop through genres, taking the best of each chapter with them as they hammer on. You never know what you're going to get from this husband-and-wife duo, but their insatiable appetite for musical exploration results in songs that are thoughtful, bold, and provocative each and every time. "Boys Like You" is a fine concoction that calls for a little bit of Beck, some Radiohead, a touch of lyrical spin like Junior Senior, and an undeniable flare that is completely and undeniably Whitehorse.

— Kerry Martin (@OhHiKerry)

 

Keshia Chanté, ‘F--k it Tho’

Keshia Chanté's new record gives me all the feels. With this song title alone she demands your attention and the track doesn’t disappoint: it’s an infectious, contemporary R&B mix that's gritty yet whimsical. But it's Chanté's raw emotions that transcend the song. I can feel her heartbreak, tension and confusion. Then, toward the end of the chorus, there’s a feeling of triumph when the beat hits heavy: the situation will be okay. If you're going through a breakup, Chanté will be rooting you through it, singing “Yeah, f--k it though.”

— Kiah Welsh (@simplykiah)

Editor's note: strong language warning.

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