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New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Aug 09, 2021): Emma-Jean Thackray, The Weeknd, Iron Lizards, and more!

Every week, we’re sent dozens if not hundreds of promotional emails from agents, PR firms, and hopeful artists containing the latest releases from around the world. From the biggest superstars to the ambitious self-starters we comb through it all to highlight to you what we’ve been digging, the tunes that caught our eye, and the recommended selections that make the notifications worth it. This is New Music From The Inbox!

Artist: Emma-Jean Thackray

Song: “Our People”

Album/EP: Yellow

An indelible funk/jazz piece that brings Emma-Jean Thackray’s incredible gruff voice and arrangement wizardry to a frantic and spinning live set, “Our People” is an exceptional offering from the UK artist. Splashing and incessant drums spiral off into a controlled calamity as keys, tuba, and chanting four-part vocals swirl and sway together. There’s a satisfyingly chaotic busy-ness to this tune’s composition that has the masterful drumming of Dougal Taylor at its centre.


Artist: The Weeknd

Song: “Take My Breath”

Album/EP: Single

Hot take: with “Take My Breath”, The Weeknd is taking a respectable swipe at MJ’s King of Pop title. A huge, banging, love-fest collision of synth-pop and disco draws some of the best songwriting we’ve seen out of the Toronto native. Glitzy keys, massive high-register vocals, an anthemic bass groove, and a speaker-pumping, stadium-filling hook cements another banger in The Weeknd’s ever-growing catalogue.


Artist: Iron Lizards

Song: “Obey / Annihilate”

Album/EP: Hungry for Action

Raw, redlining amps and incessantly flailing drums spell destruction for all who stand in French power trio Iron Lizards’ way. The thrash of 80s hardcore and the greasy sheen of DIY garage come together in “Obey / Annihilate” in a way that outright screams classic rock and roll rebellion. It’s rough, it’s unhinged, it’s intoxicating.


Artist: Gunke

Song: “Mum”

Album/EP: Single

Bright and catchy indie clashes with the pessimistic lyrical content of Glaswegian solo artist Gunke in recent single “Mum”. Lines like ‘I don’t think your mum really likes me, but that’s ok ’cause no one does’ tucks into sneaky spaces between airy electric guitars and disarmingly optimistic syllabic vocals.


Artist: Smashed Gladys

Song: “Never Take No”

Album/EP: Single

Your ears aren’t deceiving you: “Never Take No” is bonafide hair metal straight from the 80s, originally a demo produced by Gene Simmons in 1983 that has since been remastered in a posthumous release honouring Smashed Gladys’ late frontwoman Sally Cato. Soaring guitars and Cato’s snarling vocals show Simmons’ fingerprints, creating a gargantuan stadium-rock single.


Mathew Kahansky

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.

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