Austra - Home (official video)

Austra have just unveiled the first video from their new album. “Home” is taken from their forthcoming full-length Olympia, the follow-up to 2011’s excellent debut Feel It Break, which is due for release on June 18th via Paper Bag/Domino. The video was directed by Noel Paul & Stefan Moore of That Go. Watch it now.

HUMANS - Wicked Games (feat. Tristan Orchard) (Official Video)

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If you like electonically inclined indie dance music, then be sure to listen to HUMANS. Based in East Vancouver, mighty talented friends Robbie Slade (lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer, sampler) and Peter Ricq (synthesizer/sampler, groovebox, vocoder, backup vocals) are a self-described “dynamic live indie electronic pop act in the vein of LCD Soundsystem, Jamie xx and Junior Boys.” I’ve only just recently listened to (and loved!) them for the first time when I came across the incredibly sensual(!) new video for their electronic re-interpretation of Chris Isaak's 1989 classic “Wicked Game,” but HUMANS are hardly a new band with four critically acclaimed EPs from 2010 to 2013, sold out tours and an upcoming debut LP, slated for 2014 via Hybridity, under their belt. Besides their cleverly produced anthemic danceable indie-pop music, Vancouver duo also offers an outstanding visual side that is absolutely entertaining to watch. Outside of music, Ricq is a producer, designer, writer, illustrator and director and together with Slade, they throw each creative element of their expertise to make the all-round powerful force that is HUMANS.

Watch them reinvent music-video-sexiness in the video for “Wicked Games” and redefine friendship in the fantastic video for “Possession” below. Also listen to their synthy, atmospheric take on Bruce Springsteen's “Streets of Philadelphia.” If you still just can't get enough of these guys, check out the new video for “Runnin,” the vocal-infused dancefloor burner by Ricq's side project Gang Signs. Enjoy!

Gold & Youth - Jewel

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We’re getting closer to the released date of Vancouver-based band Gold & Youth's debut album Beyond Wilderness and we personally have been having a hard time containing our excitement ever since seeing them open for Diamond Rings last December at La Sala Rossa. The album comes out on May 14th via Arts & Crafts and they’ve just shared a new track from it just a few days ago. Listen to “Jewel” below.

Austra - Home

"Home" is taken from Austra's forthcoming album Olympia, the follow-up to 2011’s excellent debut Feel It Break, which will see the light of day on June 18th via Paper Bag/Domino. Stream it below!

Camilla Sparksss - I’ll Teach You to Hunt

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Barbara Lehnhoff is an artist who grew up in the Indian reserves on the Great Lakes of Canada, and she forms half of Swiss Canadian art punk band Peter Kernel. She also goes under the moniker of Camilla Sparksss when she does solo work, which is a recent development. On the Camper Records have just released a 7” vinyl picture disc for her new single “I’ll Teach You to Hunt” and in the process, she’s made her self-directed video for the electro-tinged track available. Watch it below.

Sally Shapiro - Starman (feat. Electric Youth)

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Swedish Italo-disco duo Sally Shapiro have just released a video for “Starman,” their collaboration with Canadians Electric Youth. The track is a single taken from their third effort Somewhere Else due for release via Paper Bag Records on February 26th. Check out the video, directed by German director Edwin Brienen, below.

We Are Wolves - As The Moon Sets

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On February 26th, Montréal electrofuzz trio We Are Wolves will be back on the prowl with their fourth sacrifice—their first since 2009’s Invisible Violence—on the altar of rock. La Mort Pop Club is the title of their new record, which will be released through Dare to Care Records. You can stream “As The Moon Sets,” the first single from the new album, below.

Crystal Castles - Sad Eyes

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Watch the video for “Sad Eyes,” the latest single to be taken from Canadian electro outfit Crystal Castles' third album (III), out since the end of 2012 via Fiction/Casablanca. The grainy video, shot in Toronto and Berlin, was directed by Rob Hawkins and Marc Pannozzo.

Interview: Diamond Rings

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When Diamond Rings agreed to do an interview with me the morning of his show in Montréal, I was happy to learn that fame had not gone to his head. Despite being tired from his arrival (and having been delayed at the border), Jon O’Regan took the time to explain the focus of his new album Free Dimensional and his aspirations, not just as an artist, but a performer.

It’s 11:14 a.m. and in one minute, all the back-and-forth emails and mental preparation was going to come down to him picking up the phone. Before his second LP, O’Regan was an up-and-comer from Toronto whose last appearance in Montréal left his audience dazed about his look and sexuality. Overcoming Crohn’s disease gave him a new outlook on life when approaching his second album. “I just want people to be themselves when they listen to this album. My hopes are to inspire others to be themselves.”

Free Dimensional, the follow-up to his 2010 debut Special Affections, is an eclectic mix of pop and electro, with a touch of alternative rock; debuting the song “Just Like Me” to audiences on the Late Show with David Letterman and CBC’s Studio Q. Much like his lyrics and performances, O’Regan exudes confidence on stage. He attributes his new found success to the control in his work and himself. Unlike, his first album that was more emotional and computerized. “The second album doesn’t focus on one specific genre, but a range which is why it’s called Free Dimensional. It’s meant to be a fun way to explore different genres.”

Although you can find him on YouTube with a guitar in hand, don’t expect an acoustic album anytime soon. “I really want to focus on the sound and my dancing; I’m currently taking dance lessons to improve the choreography.” If you watch videos like “Wait and See” from Special Affections and “Just Like Me,” the choreography is not Diamond Rings strong suit, but it serves its entertainment purposes. “Instruments do play a key role and I am focusing on the production. All of these elements are what is going to help me as an artist.”

Inspired by the 80’s and 90’s fashion and music scene, O’Regan reveals who he would collaborate with if he ever had a chance. “I was really into C+C Music Factory and 2 Unlimited, I would really be down to do a collaboration if I had to choose.” Prominent artists amongst the house scene that defined the 90’s inspired this boy from Toronto to make a revival through his fluorescent leggings and acid wash denims. However, don’t let the fashion in his videos fool you, because on stage he is by-product of the London punk street fashion glamorized for the audience.

By the end of the conversation I asked him one last question: Where would your dream concert be? “I’d have to say the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto; it was one of my first concerts where I saw Weezer play.” We laughed as he went on to describe the outdoor scenery and vibe of the crowd at that concert, which is a charismatic energy he brings to every one of his concerts. Thanks to Magali Ould at Secret City Records and Blue Skies Turned Black for making this interview possible.

This interview was conducted by and published with the consent of collaborator Alyssa Boicel, a Montreal-based Californian who stalks electro and dance artist as a profession.

Trust - Heaven

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Hey hey hey! We’re finally back after a week of no updates at all (we’ve missed you very much!) and we come bearing the video for the most impeccable piece of dark electronica you’ll hear in a long time. It is the new Petra Collins-directed video for the Toronto-based goth dance duo Trust's (who are Robert Alfons and Austra-drummer Maya Postepski) 80s-drenched, synth-laden, sensual track, appropriately titled “Heaven” — well, it did feel like heaven listening to this song, as well as the other 10 songs from TRST, the duo’s debut LP in which “Heaven” appears.

TRST was released through Arts & Crafts this year on February 28, but if you’ve yet to listen this unapologetically sexual, dark and dancey album, you can stream it in full on this page after the watch.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!