We know you know that a picture is being taken, guys

Now that I live here, it’s time to start shining more light on the many amazing artists based out of Montreal. We last covered electronic producers Thomas White and Dear Lola, and this time I’m turning to some delightful indie pop from Les Passagers. To be completely honest, they seem to have a pretty small following so there’s not a lot out there about them. This only means that they’re really underappreciated because the music is fantastic.

As a side note: if you’re looking for more Francophone music, I just stumbled across this blog called La Playlist Du Lundi that posts a new French-language playlist every Monday. Not where I picked this song up, but they’ve got some good selections.

"Smells like updog in here"

“Smells like Updog in here”

Two guys that I’ve gotten to know a little bit since moving to the Great White North are Montreal producers Thomas White and Dear Lola. Together they’ve founded the RAW Records label, and stand as a prime example of the immense talent in our local music scene. This time around they’re teaming up to release a new EP in December featuring remixes from the rest of the RAW Records family. This Rae Sremmurd remix is just a taste of what’s to come, plus it makes for some great Sunday afternoon introspection. You’ll be hard pressed to not have “bad bitches! red cups with the ice!” stuck in your head for the rest of the week.

If you’re local, they’re kicking up a monthly event series called #SSEENN, with the first show on November 22nd at The Blue Dog.

Shirts are for squares

Just when I thought I’d completely given up on electro pop, something comes along that totally knocks me off my feet and restores the faith. When the bells start chiming shortly into Young Ejecta’s “Welcome to Love” you know it’s something special, right before it explodes into a perfect 80s ballad chorus. Neon Indian’s Leanne Macomber is usually completely naked as the character “Ejecta” in their press photos, and that ethos translates well through the music as naked, sensitive and precious.

Close your eyes and imagine you’re a cosmic pool noodle.

I’m trying to muster some cynicism over yet another musician who moves from Podunkville, USA to Los Angeles just in time to inhale the sweet smell of internet buzz from the release of his first-ever single, but you know what, I can’t. I can’t be mad about anything in a world where BØRNS’s aptly-named Candy EP exists. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to visit a candy shop in outer space (I’m sure you were just thinking about that), here’s your chance to find out with BØRNS’s first single, “10,000 Emerald Pools.” BØRNS describes this as “cosmo-inspired electro rock”, I call it whoaaaa man trippy galactic creamsicle, but I think we can all agree that this almost tooth-achingly sweet track will make you want to surf the sugary waves of space, or at least dance around in your desk chair a bit.


Okay, Lana, we get it. Why do you keep showing up here?

What about Lana Del Rey‘s music makes it an endless inspiration for remixes? If it weren’t for the litany of producers chopping her jams up into more delectable bites, she wouldn’t have as much of presence on Electric Panda Music as she does, but alas… this time around it’s French producer Monsieur Adi cranking out a phenomenal edit on “Brooklyn Baby.” And it’s not one of those where you’re exploring a direction, this one sounds like it should have been the original mix. Epic, soaring effort from the Parisian.

Bonus (older) Four Tet remix for shits and giggles and because it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want with it:

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