advertisement
FYI

Single Servings, Jan. 31, 2022

In this week’s Single Servings, The Weather Station makes a surprisingly quick return, Pierre Kwenders pays tribute to one of his heroes, Begonia falls in love, and much more!

 

Single Servings, Jan. 31, 2022

By Jason Schneider

In this week’s Single Servings, The Weather Station makes a surprisingly quick return, Pierre Kwenders pays tribute to one of his heroes, Begonia falls in love, and much more!


 

Bryan Adams – Never Gonna Rain

Release Date: Jan. 25

Label: BMG

It’s been quite some time since the Canadian Music Hall of Famer Adams has appeared on a lot of peoples’ radar, but his upcoming album So Happy It Hurts (out March 11) might be a sign of a mini-renaissance. The latest single, Never Gonna Rain, finds Adams getting back to basics with a simple, stripped-down rock sound that highlights his voice, which—it’s easy to forget—is as distinctive as Rod Stewart’s.

advertisement

Stream/Purchase: https://bryanadams.lnk.to/NeverGonnaRainPR

 

The Weather Station – Endless Time

Release Date: Jan. 25

Label: Next Door Records

Only a year after releasing the internationally acclaimed album Ignorance, Tamara Lindeman’s ever-evolving project is poised to release a follow-up, How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars, on March 4. First taste Endless Time is a stark piano ballad that finds Lindeman furthering Ignorance’s theme of the growing climate crisis, echoing a lot of the fear and anxiety felt by her audience.

Stream/Purchase

 

July Talk – I Am Water

Release Date: Jan. 27

Label: Danuta/Six Shooter Records

Although released last November as a stand-alone single, July Talk’s I Am Water now has a trippy video, directed by Jared Raab, described as “disaster realism meets hypercolour existentialism.” Indeed, any additional chemical stimulation isn’t really necessary, as the visuals are enough to heighten the song’s hard-driving, jagged sound.

Stream/Purchase

 

Kyle McKearney & Jason McCoy – Hunger Strike

Release Date: Jan. 27

Label: Independent

Canadian country legend McCoy and rising Calgary-based Americana star McKearney team up on this cover of the Temple Of The Dog classic to raise funds for Food Banks Canada. The campaign runs until Feb. 20, and donations can be made at https://foodbankscanada.akaraisin.com/ui/hungerstrike.

advertisement

Stream/Purchase

 

Pierre Kwenders – Papa Wemba

Release Date: Jan. 26

Label: Arts & Crafts

Congolese-born, Montreal-based musician and DJ Kwenders releases José Louis and the Paradox of Love on April 29, which expands the sounds of his previous two Polaris Prize-recognized efforts. On Papa Wemba, Kwenders pays homage to his homeland and specifically the artist it’s named after, the “King of Rumba Rock” and pioneer of the La Sape subcultural movement who died in 2016.

Stream/Purchase

 

Digging Roots – Skoden

Release Date: Jan. 26

Label: Ishkōdé Records

This latest single from Digging Roots’ fourth album, Zhawenim, offers a burst of energy and positivity with buzzing blues edges and driving momentum. Skoden itself represents a call for solidarity in the face of chaos and oppression. As one half of the duo, Raven Kanatakta, says, “Skoden speaks about a mindset of action and the adverse environmental impacts that we’ve created for our planet. The sooner we embrace the concept of compassion the sooner we can lead with our hearts.”

Stream/Purchase

 

Begonia – It’s Too Quiet

Release Date: Jan. 26

Label: Rex Baby Records

Winnipeg dynamo Begonia's latest effort It’s Too Quiet follows last year’s one-off single Heaven, offering a soulful, sultry slow jam that revels in the uncertainty and excitement of new love. Alexa Dirks herself describes it as, “When you just want to be around someone all the time but aren't sure how they feel about you, you second guess every text and every phone call before finally just letting the other person know how you feel. I feel like this phase of a relationship is all at once exhilarating and torturous.”

advertisement

Stream/Purchase

 

Sham Family – Plaque Protection

Release Date: Jan. 19

Label: Wavy Haze Records

advertisement

The buzziest Toronto band of 2022 so far appears to be Sham Family, whose politically-charged, post-punk influenced self-titled four-song debut EP is now starting to make the rounds. Plaque Protection takes aim at corporate domination within society, with its jagged beats and guitars carrying on the spirit of Gang Of Four and Wire.

Stream/Purchase

 

Eamon McGrath – Age Of Unease

Release Date: Jan. 28

Label: Saved By Vinyl

McGrath has built his reputation as a hard-touring punk troubadour, but his upcoming album Bells Of Hope (out Feb. 25) promises some bold new artistic directions. That’s clearly apparent on Age Of Unease, on which McGrath’s plainspoken sadness over what he’s lost over the past two years is contrasted with a buoyant, synth-drenched production approach. In all, a sign of a new beginning.

Bandcamp

 

The Lucky Ones – A Fifth Of You

Release Date: Jan. 28

Label: Independent

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2020, Yukon's The Lucky Ones has quickly come to be regarded as one of Canada’s finest roots music ensembles. Their sophomore album Slow Dance, Square Dance, Barn Dance, continues to see their sound evolve on nine new original tunes that showcase the band’s wide-ranging musical chops and true tales of life in the Far North. Recorded over a four-day span, the album and its standout tracks such as A Fifth Of You alternately convey all the atmosphere of an intimate live performance and a raucous night out on the tiles.

Bandcamp

advertisement
Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
Rb Hip Hop

Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

keep readingShow less
advertisement