Lido Pimienta: Eso Que Tu Haces

Lido Pimienta (who won the 2017 Polaris Prize for her debut album, La Papessa) has returned with a radiant song from her second album, Miss Colombia. Colombia-born and Toronto-based Pimienta combines soulful synth-pop, international rhythms and pretty vocals within her music. “Eso Que Tu Haces” (translated: “That thing you do / Is not love”) is no exception. Clapping percussion keeps the pace, as synth arrangements …

dvsn: A Muse

New from Canadian duo dvsn (aka singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85), “A Muse” is a slinky, sublime song. Beginning with the pared-back keys of Lonnie Liston’s “A Garden of Peace” (also sampled by Jay-Z on “Dead Presidents” and Mary J Blige on “Take Me As I Am”), the bass soon kicks in, along with plenty of ’90s R&B influences. A diversion from their somewhat-trademark …

Alexis Neon: Sink Into It

From the Canadian duo’s forthcoming Seven Windows EP, “Sink Into It” is a grainy and cinematic track made for gloomy days. “Your skin is like sand / I sink into it,” the melody emphasizes. Though subdued, the song is precise and expansive, and there’s significance to the omnipresent melancholy—even when keys, a slow strumming guitar or strings are all that surface.