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BBC, CBC, NPR, RTÉ and triple j choose the songs you need to hear right now

Holly Gordon

Each week at CBC Music, our staff members pick a list of songs you need to hear, writing passionate words with the hopes that you’ll add said artist to your playlist. Once a month, though, we do something different. 

This time around, public broadcasters from across the globe weigh in on those must-hear songs. NPR MusicBBC Radio 1Ireland’s RTÉ, Australia's triple j and CBC Music hosts give an international voice toSongs You Need to Hear, choosing a song from an artist you shouldn’t miss. 

In this eighth instalment, NPR Music's Robin Hilton, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, RTÉ's Dan Hegarty, triple j's Zan Rowe and CBC's own Grant Lawrence make a case for five artists you should have on your radar. 

To hear some of these voices make the case on air, tune in to Radio 2Drive at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Host: Grant Lawrence, CBC Music
Song you need to hear: "Avalanche," Kalle Mattson

Strap yourself in for this one, because this tune is a wild and joyful ride, a collision of sound that may remind you of everything from the Decemberists to the Violent Femmes with a heaping of the E Street Band. The song is "Avalanche," courtesy of a sensitive, honest and raw singer­-songwriter named Kalle Mattson, who was decidedly a little more on the folk tip before stepping out in a large and sonic way on this new song. Mattson is originally from the small border town of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., where he was exposed to his dad's record collection at an early age. Mattson ingeniously recreates many of those classic album covers in his video for this song, which you can check out below.

Host: Dan Hegarty, RTE 2fm/2XM, The Alternative
Song you need to hear right now: "Get Amongst It," Fjokra

Trying to circumnavigate the musical globe in search for a truly unique sound can sometimes feel like looking for the edge of the world. The trick is, you judge music on whether you like it or not. Fjokra is an Irish gentleman who has been based in London for the past few years. On his current EP, Thoughtsteps, he's blended styles and influences to make a truly intoxicating cocktail of sound. You can pick any of the five tracks, they're all excellent. Take a listen to "Get Amongst It," and you'll more than likely hear what I mean.

Host: Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
Song you need to hear: "Swings and Waterslides," Viola Beach

This time 'round we’ve got a wonderful band from the north of England for you, which was first supported by BBC Introducing in Merseyside. This band is from Warrington (close to Liverpool, home of the Beatles), and played for us at the huge Reading and Leeds Festival on our own BBC Introducing stage earlier this summer. Stirring up quite the buzz over here, let me introduce you to Viola Beach with "Swings And Waterslides."

Host: Robin Hilton, co-host of NPR Music’s All Songs Considered
Song you need to hear: "Spring Breathes," Diane Coffee

It's been 50 years since the birth of psychedelic rock and pop in the U.S., and we're still feeling its effects. All you have to do is listen to a band called Diane Coffee, a group out of Indiana: it's a sound that's straight out of the 1960s. In fact, if it were 1968, Diane Coffee might be one of the biggest bands in the world. The band is fronted by Shaun Fleming, best known as the drummer for a band called Foxygen, but here he is with Diane Coffee on an epic song called "Spring Breathes." It's a song with so many hairpin turns and change-ups that it sounds like an entire album in about five minutes.

Host: Zan Rowe, triple j, Mornings
Song you need to hear: "Monday," Matt Corby 

We’ve been big fans of Matt Corby for a while here at triple j. The last single he released was voted number eight in our annual Hottest 100 music poll (the world’s biggest musical democracy) back in 2013. Now two years later he’s back with a new song, and it’s made entirely of his voice. Lucky for us, he’s got an amazing one, and "Monday" features his vocals layered to stunning effect over four minutes. Even the percussion is man-made: the claps and stomps are all completely from his body, no drum kit in sight. He laid it all down in about 10 minutes in a little cottage on the New South Wales south coast, and Corby is working on his long-awaited debut album, to be released in 2016.

Listen to Grant Lawrence, Robin Hilton and Huw Stephens on Radio 2 Drive for the radio version of Songs You Need to Hear at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. 

Click on the image below to check out the weekly Songs You Need to Hear feature, which has CBC staff across the country picking the must-hear tracks for your playlists.

What is your favourite discovery from our international edition of Songs You Need to Hear? 

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