Here at CBC Music, we're always on high alert for new songs by Canadian artists.
This week, we're listening to new tracks by Drake and Meek Mill, Ian Daniel Kehoe, Hannah Georgas, Robotaki and Langston Francis. Scroll down to find out why you need to hear them, too.
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‘Going Bad,’ Meek Mill feat. Drake
Back in 2015, rappers Drake and Meek Mill were at the centre of music’s biggest beef. After Meek accused Drake of using a ghostwriter on their collaboration “R.I.C.O.” — a claim that Drake continued to battle last year when he reignited his feud with Pusha T — the two traded diss tracks that ignited the rap community and the internet at large.
But almost four years later, Drake and Meek Mill have finally made amends and put the hate behind them. Out of this came “Going Bad,” a new collaboration off Meek’s 2018 comeback album, Championships. Last week, they released a music video for the track, which finds the two former foes suited up and trading verses, flexing their riches and presenting a united front against other adversaries over a menacing piano-laden beat. While we appreciated the memes and the diss tracks, we’re definitely happy to see these two join forces once again.
— Melody Lau
‘Love is a Stranger’ (Eurythmics cover), Hannah Georgas
Hannah Georgas has released another single from her upcoming Imprints EP, and this time it’s a hypnotic cover of Eurythmics’ “Love is a Stranger.” Set to a brooding guitar line with drums and keys, it starts as a stripped-down version of the original, building up to the swirl of Georgas singing, “I want you/ I want you/ I want you/ it’s an obsession.” Her voice guides your way through this almost destructive, love-possessed mindset set by the 1982 Eurythmics sleeper hit, making the song more promise than plea. The video is mood-perfect as a black-and-white recording of Georgas performing the cover at Massey Hall.
— Holly Gordon
‘All I Can Do,’ Robotaki
With “All I Can Do,” Robotaki (a.k.a. Preston Chin) not only makes his debut on Foreign Family Collective, with whom an EP is forthcoming, but also shows a new side to his craft. Dialing back the neo-soul vibe of songs like “Brooklyn '95” and “Butterscotch,” he seems to be fostering a more atmospheric and psychedelic sound, and we’re here for it, especially because it accentuates the song’s self-reflective tone: “Sometimes you get so attached to the way you were with someone that when it’s suddenly over, you start asking questions that ultimately don’t have answers, or at least the ones that you’re looking for,” he says. “Sometimes all you can do is move on.”
— Robert Rowat
‘One Picture,’ Ian Daniel Kehoe
Ian Daniel Kehoe runs in many circles — formerly of Attack in Black and under the moniker Marine Dreams, and touring drummer for the Weather Station and Andy Shauf — but March 22 will mark the first time he releases an album under his own name. “One Picture” is the first single off Secret Republic, a synth-driven love song that professes a deep connection while holding that affection at picture-length.
"'One Picture' has absolutely nothing to do with an actual photograph, and at least something to do with the very real sensation which can occur between two people (often, who love each other) of having been made out of like materials,” Kehoe says, of the song. “If in the past we met/ did the body forget/ and did the mind sweep clean/ the times we weren’t ready yet?” he sings, drifting alone, face painted in silver, through empty frames. It’s a beautiful sentiment, but is this person in love, or in love with being in love? It’s easy enough to get lost in Kehoe’s world that it doesn’t matter much. — HG
‘These Nights,’ Langston Francis (unplugged)
At age 11, Langston Francis was busking on the street. These days, he's playing shows alongside Sean Leon and Hayley Kiyoko. Following the release of his first EP, Roaming, last November, the young musician returns with an entirely acoustic version on Roaming (unplugged). Many of the songs focus on getting stuck in cyclical relationships, but none unpack that as beautifully as the standout track, "These Nights." Caught between hurting others and being hurt, Francis recognizes that he’s “stuck on these nights/ need some time on the outside.” This unplugged version comprises only of Francis' melancholic vocals and a piano, and the black-and-white treatment of the music video adds to the sombre atmosphere. In the same vein of young pop sensations Khalid or Billie Eilish, Langston Francis brings all of the complexities of young love to his songwriting.
— Natasha Ramoutar