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Shawn Mendes, Fast Romantics, AlunaGeorge, more: songs you need to hear this week

Editorial Staff

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.

Fast Romantics, ‘Animal’

"Hey, hey I know I'm an animal," frontman Matthew Angus sings on the irresistibly charming new song from Calgary's Fast Romantics, an upbeat, propulsive ode to an unhinged night out on the town in which base instincts take over from common sense. Inspired by a particularly rough night that Angus and keyboardist Kirty witnessed, the song explores how some people act out their animal urges while others are able to tame them. Produced by the same team behind last year's shimmery summer jam, "Julia," (Gus Van Go and Werner F) it's also the lead single to their upcoming album, set for summer 2016.

— Jesse Kinos-Goodin (@JesseKG)


AlunaGeorge feat. Popcaan, ‘I’m in Control’

Alunageorge’s debut album, Body Music, was perhaps one of the most underrated releases of 2013. Packed with soulful, electronic dance anthems like “Best be Believing,” “Your Drums, Your Love” and “You Know You Like It,” Body Music was a strong, cohesive collection of songs that begs to be revisited by fans who may only know the British duo for the DJ Snake remix of “You Know You Like It” or for singer Aluna Francis’s contribution to Disclosure’s 2013 hit “White Noise.” While it’s arguable whether AlunaGeorge deserves the label of “one-hit wonder,” the duo’s latest single “I’m in Control” confirms that it’s an act that needs to be on your radar. A dancehall-infused track, also featuring Jamaican artist Popcaan, “I’m in Control” is a fiery statement of #girlboss proportions, and a catchy one at that.

— Melody Lau (@melodylamb)


Shawn Mendes, ‘Add it Up’

Shawn Mendes's vocals have only gotten better over time, and at 17 years old, he already has me swooning over his talents. While this isn’t a new Mendes track, the "Stitches" singer sang a cover of Violent Femmes’ "Add it Up" for the Season 3 premiere of the CW’s series The 100. It’s a slow piano ballad that showcases his vocal talents — a soulful rendition, full of raw emotion. He sings as if it's the last song he'll ever sing. Maybe this signals future acting cameos? I can only hope so!

— Vanessa Francone (@VanessaFrancone)


Jahkoy, ‘Odd Future’

With this song being premiered on Beats1 Radio by Zane Lowe a few days ago, the attention focused on Toronto native Jahkoy ahead of his forthcoming project, Temptations, just continues to increase. You wouldn't know it from the coolly melodic "Odd Future," from the Los Angeles-based singer. Co-produced by 19-year-old Brampton, Ont., native Ebony Oshunrinde — who, under the name WondaGurl, has already helmed tracks for Jay-Z, Rihanna and Drake — "Odd Future" finds Jahkoy negotiating boundaries of a rocky relationship through different sonic approaches. After initially applying his croon to the appropriately cloudy ambience, he contributes a short rap before deferring to a four-on-the-floor, house-infused outro. While the incessant refrain "It's all on me" may be Jahkoy pointing at himself for the relationship's failings, it might as well be referring to the potential he displays for his own success.

— Del Cowie (@vibesandstuff)

Hillsburn, ‘Run Down’

It's been quite the year for this Halifax four-piece: they went from a group recording their first demo to a band with consistently building buzz on the East Coast. Now, the former Searchlight regional champs are getting ready to release its first full-length album, In the Battle Years. Get to know the band with this great song called "Run Down." The members blend a call-and-response style of singing with an intensity that makes you think there has to be a real story behind this song, and there absolutely is: read some of their bio here. If you're looking for a band that bleeds every last drop of themselves into their work, you've found them in Hillsburn.

— Kerry Martin (@OhHiKerry)