MC & Leader of Arrested Development SPEECH Releases Anthemic Call-to-Action “A Different World” Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Fri Feb 19, 2021

2 x GRAMMY Award-winning artist Speech has put his MC talents, artistic integrity, and passion for socio-political issues to quick use as he delivers an anthemic call-to-action single, “A Different World”.

Check out the extended versions here on Spotify: “A Different World:

The dedicated MC and member of legendary Afro-centric hip hop group Arrested Development had watched in horror alongside millions of Americans — and onlookers from around the world — as a swath of die-hard Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. last month.

“The rebellion that happened on January 6th was the curtain being pulled back on race, lies, and darkness in America,” he says. “This song had to be made to become proactive in shaping our collective future.

Legendary Icon Alan Frew of Glass Tiger and Pineo & Loeb team up for Collaboration on “Hey Jude”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

Alan Frew of Legendary Canadian Grammy Nominated Rock Band Glass Tiger and producer duo PINEO & LOEB team up to take on one of the greatest songs ever written, Hey Jude. This explosive cover of the iconic Beatles song honours the original while taking it in thrilling new directions, weaving in “I Am The Walrus'' and restructuring it around festival ready drops of bass. Featuring a chorus of background singers, soaring sax and 808 drums, it takes the song into the 21st century while staying true to its roots.

Julian Lennon who, Paul McCartney wrote the song for in 1968, approved of this version, gave his support and offered us the advice to really try and make the song our own. “Julian’s feedback inspired us to rearrange the song's structure and work in some of his fathers lyrics to the ending.” says LOEB. Paul originally titled the song “Hey Jules”, referring to Julian's nickname but changed the line to Jude as it felt better to sing. Alan references this in the new cover by singing “Hey Jules” midway through.

Teen Alt Pop / EDM Prodigy Mikalyn Releases New Single, “I Love You Too Much”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

At 2.5 Million streams, Canadian alt-pop and EDM prodigy Mikalyn Hay unfurls an infectiously grasping new single, “I Love You Too Much”.

Check out “I Love You Too Much” on YouTube here:

“It’s dreamy, it’s heartfelt, and it’s got a melody that floats along at a pace that reminds me of life in the small city I grew up in,” the Guelph, Ontario-based chanteuse offers of the track that’s a sonic sidestep from her EDM foothold. “The distorted drums and 808 bass from Chris give it an urban touch.”

She’s referring to producer Chris Grey (88Glam, K. Forest), with whom she’s collaborated with since they were early teens. “We’ve long worked together,” Mikalyn details, “since we were discovering who we are as individual artists, and as a combined force.”

Toronto's Soul Rockers BAD BREED Release New Video for Emotional Track, “Not in My Life”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

Toronto-based rock fusion group Bad Breed has just released its latest — and possibly most emotional — single, “Not in My Life”.

Check out “Not in My Life” here on YouTube:

The vulnerable song serves as the third single from the band’s long-awaited sophomore album Ferocious Love (2020) — often referred to as “The Bad Breed in Ferocious Love.” The eight-track record is the band’s first full-length release since their 2015 debut, The Violent World of Bad Breed.

The five-minute soul-rock track was released alongside a black and white homemade music video featuring an assortment of people close to the band lip-syncing along. The tune is jam-packed with an allotment of tasty blues riffs — reminiscent of those from The Jimi Hendrix Experience — and backed by some of the finest, tightest drum and bass work in the modern rock era.

Toronto's Rock Duo ECLECTICUS Deliver Fifth Album, Five Point 0 & Lead Single “Took Me for Granted”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

Not ones to let the doldrums of winter or pandemic restrictions mute their music or motivations, Canadian rock duo Eclecticus serve up their fierce and energetic new single, “Took Me for Granted”

Check out  “Took Me for Granted” on YouTube here:

Fresh from their fifth album — aptly titled Five Point 0 — co-fronts Gar Reid and Tiina LeMay say the five-track release is quick to capture their distinct point of view as songwriters and performers. “We let loose with this record,” LeMay shares. “It’s catchy and colourful!”

Landing four months after their previous offering, 2020’s Take Me Away, the duo say making Five Point 0 was cathartic and reinvigorating. Specifically: the video for “Took Me for Granted,” was shot on location in their home in Toronto.

Award-Winning Rapper & Entrepreneur Cloudy Wingz Releases New Single “Papi Chulo”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

Haitian-American rapper, songwriter, investor, and entrepreneur Cloudy Wingz — William Clark — releases new single, “Papi Chulo”.

The song is the first to land ahead of his forthcoming debut album, Culture Shock — set for release this Spring.

Check out “Papi Chulo” here:

“This is my first album so I wanted to make the best music possible, of course, but I also wanted to experiment with different styles in order to create something that all different walks of life can hold onto for years to come,” he explains. “I wanted to rap straight bars from the heart, and stay true to hip hop while also touching on subjects like growth, love, sacrifice, dedication, disloyalty, wins, losses, inspirations, anger, and death.

The release draws on inspiration from Cloudy Wingz’ storied life, while giving listeners the opportunity to get to know him on many different levels.

Black Creek Reign x Danny Fernandes Releases New Single with It’s Up to “You & I”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

In a pairing for the modern ages, award-winning Canadian funk-pop reggae-rockers Black Creek Reign have collaborated with multi-Platinum, multi-award winning and SiriusXM Artist of the Year Danny Fernandes in this, their new single “You & I”.

Check out the video here on YouTube:

With a sound that beckons back to the glory days of guitar-centric bar rock — we’re talking inspirational nods to the likes of Santana, Hendrix and Chicago — Black Creek Reign and members Darren Armoogam and Lex Stultz add this powerful dance-pop track to their now-signature blend of rock, funk, with dashes of reggae, pop and jazz.

Folk Rock Project The All Canadian Soundclash Releases New Single — “I want it”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

‘Brooding, yet uplifting’ are two ways to describe Canadian singer/songwriter Andrew Michelin, and his indie folk alt-rock project The All Canadian Soundclash’s new single, “I want it”.

Falling in line with Michelin’s now-signature ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to his craft, the song joins “I Can See You Loving Me” as one of two singles The All Canadian Soundclash has released this year; the pair follow the project’s self-titled debut EP, which landed last summer, and came to be throughout months of restrictions post-COVID-19 outbreak.

“I’ve always found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process,” Michelin shares, “so, when the world went into lockdown last year, I took the opportunity to write, and rewrite.”

More specifically, the Ottawa-based artist seized the opportunity to take a deep dive into his hefty arsenal of songs he’s accumulated throughout the past decade or so. “I wanted to see if there was anything worth releasing,” he recalls, “and there was.”

Award-Winning Alt-Hip Hop Duo DRAE Explore Hypocrisy & Humanization in New Single, “Sleep”

Fri Feb 19, 2021

At 35,000+ Spotify streams and rising, award-winning Canadian duo DRAE channel their explosive blues-rock riffs into heady alt-hip hop rhythms and immersive electronic arrangements with this, their new single, “Sleep”.

Watch and listen to “Sleep” on YouTube here:

The track speaks to the concept of looking around, seeing a society rife with hypocrisy and in a dearth of empathy, and saying “I’ve had enough. I’m tired. I’m going back to bed,” the pair say.

“The lyrics are reflective of society, the human experience, and our interactions with each other,” frontman and producer Andre Thibault explains. “They point out a lot of hypocrisy and inconsistencies in the way we behave versus how we expect others to behave.

Trap-Soul Hip Hop Artist & Producer Marcus Haran Ventures to the “Otherside”

Fri Feb 12, 2021

Once again showing he’s unafraid to broach topics others fear to tread, Toronto’s trap-soul hip hop artist Marcus Haran drops his new single, “Otherside”

Check out “Otherside” on YouTube here:

In this case, it’s themes of addiction, abuse, and mental health, and it’s a stunning revisit to Haran’s very real, very raw lyrical storytelling roots found throughout his breakthrough LP — Marcus Haran: A True Story. a Soundscape to in-Difference. (2018). The 10-track conceptual album of jazzy, velvet vox was rife with truth-telling, touching on his life story being a Parisian-born Sri Lankan refugee, having vitiligo, and painful childhood memories of being used as a drug mule, and experiences with depression and abuse.

Country Artist Matt Morson Puts His Heart on His Sleeve in New Single, “Take a Chance”

Fri Feb 12, 2021

After making his official comeback last summer, Nobleton, Ontario-born country singer Matt Morson has just released his latest single — it’s called “Take a Chance.”

Check it out here on YouTube:

Though the powerful country ballad sounds like a bit of a different approach for the Nobleton-based artist, it’s actually a style of song he admits to write in quite frequently — though it’s one he’s neither recorded or released prior to 2021.

Upon talking about “Take a Chance,” Morson revealed it had actually been written for a while. “[It] was written many moons ago, for my girlfriend, if I’m being honest,” he reveals. “Since then, it has become so much more…It's not just a love song, but also a song of hope.”

Synth-Popper Grumpy Kitty Boy Confronts Reality in Striking New “Blue Eyes”

Fri Feb 12, 2021

Award-nominated and internationally esteemed Toronto-based artist Juro Kim Feliz’s synth-pop alter ego Grumpy Kitty Boy personifies the plight of people who need to let go of the past, live in the present, and look after themselves further ahead in this, his new single, “Blue Eyes” – watch and listen on YouTube here:

With a sentiment surrounding ‘but who am I? I’ll never know,” Grumpy Kitty Boy’s story surrounds feeling lost while singing about things that “don’t make sense,” Feliz explains. “He seems to suffer from amnesia while living in his ‘Unwanted’ adoption box, and sings about things like the night sky, zodiac signs, shattered TV screens, horizon lines…”

Theatrical Power Pop Band Douglas Von Irvin’s Carnival Announces Spooky New Single, “Ultra Man”

Fri Feb 12, 2021

Douglas Von Irvin’s Carnival, or DVIC, is an up-and-coming songwriting collective dedicated to generating feelings and emotion with not only their music, but films too. The project was formed by the mysterious lead singer, Von Irvin and the band’s “spiritual advisor,” Dr. Prycenstein (Dave Pryce).

To kick off the new year, the “Monster Garage Pop” pioneers have just announced the release of their fifth and latest single, “Ultra Man” — along with a brand-new, theatrical music video. The four minute, 20 second-spanning video extravaganza is a space epic, starring Von Irvin as a lost pilot, and Dr. Prycenstein as his crewmate.

Check out “Ultra Man” here on YouTube:

Award-Winning Country Artist Alexis Taylor Whisks Audiences on a “Getaway” with New Single

Fri Feb 12, 2021

With a year of increased travel restrictions both behind us, and ahead further still, award-winning Canadian country-pop artist Alexis Taylor’s new single is the “Getaway” audiences just may need.

Listen to the video of ‘Getaway’ on YouTube here:

“If there was ever a need to escape from reality and take a vacation, 2020 and 2021 are it,” the Huntsville, Ontario-raised, Nashville, Tennessee-based artist muses. “Since so many of us were stuck inside our homes, I had the idea that perhaps a vacation does not necessarily mean going to a particular place, but rather a ‘Getaway’ can be about the person or people you are with.

Toronto R&B Artist Jordana Of Earth Drops Sultry New Single, “Tell Me”

Fri Feb 05, 2021

At 85,000+ streams on Spotify alone, rising R&B singer Jordana of Earth has just added to her library, releasing her latest single: an extremely catchy and moody love song entitled “Tell Me”.

Check out “Tell Me” on Spotify here:

Keeping true to her already-established sound, the 1990s-inspired track takes elements of the Electropop genre — reminiscent of Daft Punk, The Weeknd and late-era Janet Jackson — with the added surprise of an extremely emotional guitar solo to really up the ante.

“’Tell Me’ was written from the standpoint of someone (me) who is used to the hustle — with little time for romance — but is about getting caught up with someone who they just can’t take their mind off of,” said Jordana in regards to the creation of the four minute, 20 second-spanning tune.

Prescilla Una Soars off to a “Better Place Than Heaven” in her New Double-Single

Fri Feb 05, 2021

Prescilla Una soars off to a “Better Place Than Heaven” in this, the new double-single from her sophomore album, Enlighten.

Check out “Better Place Than Heaven” here on YouTube:

“Better Place Than Heaven” is an extremely emotional acoustic track, which is sporadically backed by a bone-chilling piano melody and a haunting vocal performance found within the chorus.

“’Better Place Than Heaven’ came to me in a dream,” Una says, in regards to the songwriting process. “I picked up my guitar immediately to find the chords, notes and proper strumming techniques, to catch the song before I lost it.”

Folk Musician James Culleton Uses AR Technology to Bring Children’s Concept Album & New Single to Life

Fri Feb 05, 2021

It’s time to meet the main characters in Canadian folk musician James Culleton’s children’s concept AR technology album Unusual Friendships, with  this: the release of his new single “Little White Paws”

“‘Little White Paws” describes each of the characters in Unusual Friendships and gives the listeners the basic facts to what they are about to embark on,” Culleton shares of the song in its relation to the album. “This first song is sort of a preface to the full story.”

Unusual Friendships and the lead single, “Little White Paws” — which was recorded in both English and French:

Little White Paws

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Bop = Pure Fun x A Bit Of Drama Joshua Sade James Aims to Get “Closer” in New Single

Fri Feb 05, 2021

If the equation for a bop = pure fun x a bit of drama, Canadian artist Joshua Sade James and his new single “Closer” proves he’s a wizard with the formula.

Watch “Closer” on YouTube here:

“I feel like, if Twilight had a pop theme song for Bella’s mood swings between Jacob and Edward… This would be it,” the multi-talented artist explains. “I want people to start jamming out, then catch themselves saying, ‘oh, WAIT. I thought this was a happy song.’

“I wrote this song at the beginning of mine and my partner’s relationship and, over a year later, it rings more true than ever,” James shares of his personal and evolving inspiration behind the track. “Since COVID-19 restrictions shut down the borders, we haven’t seen each other in over nine months, so ‘(pushing) people out of my way to get a little bit closer’ doesn’t sound too far off.

“I bet it’s the same for anyone who’s separated right now.

Anthony Liguori – Midnight in Memphis

Fri Feb 05, 2021

Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist Music....the universal language and no one speaks it better than Anthony Liguori. Perhaps you would never suspect this handsome down to earth talent from New Jersey of being so close to the truth, but he is. Fostered in the love of his music, he has overcome the busy and noisy sounds of his upbeat surroundings with the ease and beauty of a Bennett "sonata" and the gentle touch of a B. J. Thomas "rainfall".  Anthony has been able to remain true to who and what he is. Regarding his talent and direction in which he has moved his career, he has been a straightforward guy. 

His latest release – “Midnight in Memphis” is a fast moving rockabilly tune, a tribute to the King and captures the essence of Elvis. Whether you are an Elvis fan or not – the song is cleverly written, well-produced and has hooks all over it. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Check out this great song here: