New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Jan 06, 2020): The Rebels of Tijuana, Worldtown Soundsystem, The Hempolics, and more!

Artist: The Rebels of Tijuana

Song: “Chameau”

Album/EP: La dominicaine

French is typically not the language one would associate with sun-bleached desert rock, but here we are in 2020 where assumptions are made up and the language doesn’t matter. Laconic vocals, washed-out cymbals, and hazy sand-blasted guitars lend a fine-grain smoothness to this tune – it goes down smooth like a long-forgotten bottle of acidic whiskey in the high heat.


Artist: Worldtown Soundsystem

Song: “Freedom”

Album/EP: Surrounded

A full and varied dance & world music tune that benefits from serious heavy lifting in the percussion section, “Freedom” is a grabbing tune from Philadelphia-based Worldtown Soundsystem. There’s all kinds of ear candy to focus in on – sultry saxes, soaring strings, and sanctified synths included – but those syncopated bongos, claves, and shakers really do take the sonic cake.


Artist: The Hempolics

Song: “Play On”

Album/EP: Single

Is this honest-to-goodness reggae? In my Inbox?! It’s been a while since any rocksteady has come down the pipes, but The Hempolics’ effort shone amongst the crowd. Crisp drums, muted horns, syrupy vocals, and a tastefully restrained leaning on samples and reverb helps “Play On” feel fresh and light on its feet.


Artist: Danny De La Rosa

Song: “Acid Flame”

Album/EP: 12 Weekends

Clean and bright alt rock with a clearly obvious acid/psych leaning, “Acid Flame” benefits from its deep hooks and catchy riffs. Vocal effects in the pre-choruses and sinewy guitars especially help with the recurring psych feel.


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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