Welcome to the weekend, friends. The past few weeks have been somber ones in Canadian music, but the outpouring of love, community and new art has made each day a little better. Today is a ripe one for new music, so dive in below and proceed to spruce up those weekend playlists.
Gord Downie’s final solo album is an incredibly hard listen, start to finish. The Tragically Hip frontman passed last week at the age of 53, and Introduce Yerself is a haunting, beautiful 23-song parting gift to his fans, band and family. “This is my solo record. Each song is about a person,” Downie said in a video last month. The second last song on the album, “Far Away And Blurred” is a galloping piano ballad that waltzes through his great journey with someone—someone he loved, someone who will know that Gord was singing to them.
One of New York-based duo Overcoats’ most recent singles has gotten a stripped-down treatment that will stop you in your tracks. Like all great Overcoats songs, it’s Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s effortless harmonies that carry the tinkering song—but on this acoustic version, new end-of-song components breathe fresh life into the already great original.
Changing lanes for a minute (pun alert), this new beat from Migos and rap’s top queens is worth a listen or 30. Cardi B, who recently broke records with the chart-topping “Bodak Yellow,” links up with her boo Offset and his squad, as well as hip-hop genius Minaj, on this infectious banger—giving collab conspirators everywhere something new to aim for.
Oof. If this doesn’t cut to the gooey core of you, I really don’t know what will. I consider it to deem anything Frank mostly untouchable, but Australian crooner Rakei anchors this Channel Orange gem in only deep piano keys and his velvety croon—getting my immediate seal of approval.
Any song that evokes immediate “You’re Makin’ Me High” vibes is a homerun, IMO—therefore this smooth album opener from OVO’s Majid Jordan is out of the park. The combination of Majid’s subdued, acrobatic runs and that repetitive thump would normally make for a fine mid-album treat, but leading the album with this demonstrates the duo’s growth and rightful confidence.