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premiere: Yumi Zouma – Depths (Pt. I)

As the internet's self-proclaimed most devoted Yumi Zouma fans, we feel pretty comfortable declaring the group's beautiful new sophomore full-length Willowbank their best yet, and our official album of fall 2017...

KOTOMI

premiere: Kotomi – Ooh La La

LA composer/producer/songwriter Lauren Hillman aka Kotomi drops a late summer jam of 2017 contender with this balmy electronic pop banger, which elicits all the magical nervous energy and anticipation of a steamy late night dancefloor encounter in some exotic tropical locale, as it smolders and pulses with shades of the best of Chairlift, Major Lazer, and early Madonna...

ABSENT LOVER

video premiere: Exit Someone – Absent Lover

Our favorite Canadian couple Thom Gillies + June Moon aka Exit Someone star in the dreamy, pastel-hued new visual presentation for their woozy latest single, "Absent Lover". Watch the Cameron Mitchell-directed vid below, and catch the group at one of their upcoming dates this month in Toronto + Montreal:

Jessy Lanza - I Talk BB

video premiere: Jessy Lanza – I Talk BB

As we count down the hours to her set at this weekend's dance party of the year, Jessy Lanza blesses us with new visuals for her floating Oh No highlight "I Talk BB"...

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GORILLA VS. BEAR YACHT ROCK 2017 MIX

Presenting our second annual summer mixtape of modern yacht rock vibes: Like last year, we’re using the term "yacht rock" loosely here, to include myriad sounds inspired by smooth, sumptous soft rock grooves, while occasionally veering off into balearica, pillowy soft funk, sophistipop, cosmic disco novelties, psych-soul, and darker forms of hypnogogia. Listen/download + check the full tracklist below:

GORILLA VS. BEAR ALBUMS OF 2016

It may or may not be that time yet, but here is the highly subjective list of our 60 favorite albums -- too long, I know, but we could have gone much deeper -- from an unfathomably weird, incredible, terrifying 2016. It was a year marked by loss and uncertainty, and that might be why music felt more monumental to us than ever. Thanks for sticking with us for another year. Check the full list + a lovingly curated four-hour Spotify playlist below, and as always, we'd love to hear about your favorites that we might have missed.

GORILLA VS. BEAR’s ALBUMS OF 2016

Jacques Greene x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: EBHONI interview

EBHONI

Ebhoni is a young singer/songwriter from Toronto I came across a few months ago, when she self-released a collection of tracks to SoundCloud called Mood Ring. As I brought up to her during our chat, though there’s a lot of really good music coming out of Toronto right now, the shadow OVO and XO casts is rather large...

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Jacques Greene x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Tiga

TIGA WOKE

Tiga is a bit of a towering mythical figure in Montreal, in part due to his amazing larger than life persona but also because pretty much every facet of the local nightlife owes something to him. He's run an essential record store, venues, still operates a label (Turbo) and has come down to earth to play great sets and educate people (myself amongst them) on the delights of freak nightlife and dance music...

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Jacques Greene x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Rochelle Jordan

ROCHELLE JORDAN

Ok this is not a drill.

I saw KLSH (Rochelle's longest close collaborator/ producer) on twitter say her new album is a wrap.

There's really exciting R&B coming out of Toronto that isn't of the OVO / XO variety and Rochelle is at the forefront of all of it for me...

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Jacques Greene x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Jim-E Stack

JIM-EE

I met Jim-E a few years ago thru the WeDidIt boys, and just like them he exudes an incredible youthful, friendly, witty energy. His music always reflects it. It's also the best when people you know seem to be constantly topping themselves and exploring new areas of their craft...

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Jacques Greene x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Blue Hawaii interview

Blue Hawaii credit Landon Speers

Blue Hawaii are a great band from Montreal composed of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, who also plays in Braids, and Alex Cowan. After a four-year hiatus they are finally coming back to release Tenderness on Arbutus later this year. I've loved this band for quite some time and thought it would be a perfect time to catch up with both of them on Skype. -- Jacques Greene

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premiere: Kotomi – Ooh La La

KOTOMI

LA composer/producer/songwriter Lauren Hillman aka Kotomi drops a late summer jam of 2017 contender with this balmy electronic pop banger, which elicits all the magical nervous energy and anticipation of a steamy late night dancefloor encounter in some exotic tropical locale, as it smolders and pulses with shades of the best of Chairlift, Major Lazer, and early Madonna...

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Washed Out x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Nanoo by Yamantaka Eye

EYE

As you can probably tell, I’m pretty into weird, obscure collage-based art and this is another great example. This work is from a super-rare art book by the leader of Japanese noise band Boredoms. It reminds me a lot of Bjorn Copeland’s work (of Black Dice fame) which I also love. Pure chaos, using anything and everything for source material. -- Washed Out

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