London-based singer-songwriter Tara Priya has been steadily making a name for herself with her brand of R&B-infused pop, and recently released her new EP Friends Like These. The American’s latest single, the sassy “Who That” blends a graceful funk beat, strings, classic ‘60s soul, and a wickedly catchy whistling hook and draws the listener in immediately. It’s a pop gem, and you can listen to the new radio mix—a punchier, more insistent version of what you hear on the EP—below.
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Calgary, Alberta band Chron Goblin have been steadily gaining momentum over the last few years, their brand of psychedelic heavy rock improving with each new release. Their fourth album Backwater finds the band’s sound crystallizing to the point where these guys lock themselves into a ferocious groove and keep listeners riveted. Which, if you play this swaggering style of music, is crucial: in command, but loose. Like David Wooderson. You hear it in Chron Goblin’s new track “Give Way”.
Billing themselves as “moonlit folk rock”, Los Angeles trio Distant Cousins are poised to leap on to the folk rock bandwagon currently occupied by the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe. Typically breezy, catchy, and unapologetically cute, the band’s new track “Taste of Tomorrow”, is an immediate highlight of their new EP, which comes out on 15 October (pre-order it here). It’s folk rock built for festival crowds, singing about the sunshine, boasting a snappy funk rhythm section, and sing-along vocals made for crowds of tens of thousands. Beware, this sucker’s going to be in your head all day.
Creators of one of the most unique hybrids in heavy music over the past dozen years, UK band Crippled Black Phoenix have artfully balanced progressive rock, doom metal, post-rock, ambient music, and Victorian influences in a way that defies categorization. However, in the wake of their 2014 album White Light Generator, founding member Justin Greaves became embroiled in a public feud with former guitarist Karl Demata over legal ownership of the band name.
The Montreal duo of Karl Raymond and Alex Racine have been churning out heavy rock for the past decade as October Sky, slowly building a reputation as a promising young live act. Their latest EP Rise, which comes out on 9 October, continues that ascent. Combining the force of similar UK duo Royal Blood with the progressive tendencies of Muse, the new tunes are sleek and visceral, and well worth hearing. Which, as it so happens, you can do below.