Song of the day (No. 20)

Today’s song of the day is not a song, but a remix, and a very special one at that. Here is the ¡BORRACHO! Spring Romance MIXX, perfect for the hopeless romantics and the balmy evening ahead.

“Spring is here. People are out on the streets looking sexy as hell. Here is a play list to facilitate some 4AM fun. Perhaps with that special someone you’ve just left the bar with and are getting to know in the cab.”

Download it here:


WILDLIFE to release debut album this summer

Toronto’s Wildlife, a quintent of free-spirited, adventurous, rowdy young lads are unveiling their debut album, Strike Hard, Young Diamond via Easy Tiger Records on July 13th, 2010.

Wildlife has been garnering quite the buzz  from their emotive live sets alone, as they leave the crowd blissful, sweaty, danced-out and wanting more. Now more than ever, it’s all about the live show for up-and-coming bands, and Wildlife is a perfect testament to how rocking the live stage is the not-so-secret sauce to embarking on a magical music career.

Recorded at Vibewrangler Studios with Michael Keire and Glen Marshall (Feist & Apostle of Hustle), I have high hopes for this album. These fun-loving Canadians are proud to be releasing a record with the ethos, “Youth is wide-eyed, carefree, and irresponsible and we’re all part of it.” Very relatable, wouldn’t you say? If only we could all be young and carefree forever.

Watch the live basement recording of ‘American Eyes’:

May 28 @ The Garrison, TORONTO
May 30 @ The Atria, OSHAWA
June 18 @ Sneaky Dees, TORONTO (**NXNE Easy Tiger showcase)
July 13 @ Horseshoe Tavern, TORONTO (**CD Release party)

Song of the day (No. 19)

‘Swoon’, the second single from The Chemical Brothers latest album, Further is totally cool. If it is any indicator of the rest of the album, I think we’re in for a very lovely surprise. I’ve never been a huge Chemical Brothers fan, but I’m happy to say I’m well on my way after hearing this fun-filled gem.

Further is set to drop on June 22nd.

Swoon (radio edit) – The Chemical Brothers

Song of the day (No. 18)

Former Hot Chip member, Rob Smoughton is making quite the splash with his solo project, Grovesnor. His debut album, Soft Return will be unveiled on May 25, thanks to Lo Recordings. Clash Music couldn’t have given a more accurate description: “Grovesnor is the electro-pop equivalent of Barry White.” 

‘Taxi from the Airport’ is “run, run tight pants” 80s Brit-pop revival laced with juicy R&B notes. The lyrics tell a story, and you can almost picture the faded music video that would go with them, if it could keep up that is.

Taxi From The Airport – Grovesnor

(Long) Weekend Concert Picks: May 21-24


MIDLAKE • The Mod Club • Retro-flavoured folk rock

XAVIER RUDD • Queen Elizabeth Theatre • Get in touch with your softer side, and who doesn’t love a didgeridoo?


THE SADIES • Lee’s Palace • Toronto’s finest psychedelic country-rock


FYFE DANGERFIELD w/ Tundra Fun • El Mocambo • Lovely sunny summer indie-pop

Song of the day (No. 16 & No. 17)

Torontette apologizes for the lack of ‘daily songs’ this week. Tisk tisk, I know but things have been hectic. To make up for it, I introduce you to Fenech-Soler.

Fenech-Soler is brothers Ross & Ben Duffy and Dan Soler and Andy Lindsay. These boys are from the UK, where after a successfully North America debut at SXSW this past March, they have returned, and are now on tour. They’re getting mucho love here after they blew it up in Austin. They chose their odd name because nothing else would come up on a Google search. I completely appreciate this, as it can be interesting googling band names these days: think The Middle East, Madrid or Tanlines (my attempts to ‘google’ these guys in particular have been previously mentioned here).

In a recent interview they said, “It started with us just messing with the computer and now it’s actually turned into something.” It has definitely turned into something great for these blokes.

The Cult of Romance – Fenech-Soler

Stop and Stare – Fenech-Soler

Stop and Stare (the fur remix) – Fenech-Soler

Fenech-Soler on MySpace:

RAC does Holy Rollers soundtrack

This Thursday there’s a new movie coming out called Holy Rollers. Starring Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) and Justin Bartha (The Hangover), the film explores the issue of blind faith and Hassidic drug mules in the late 90s in New York City.

Back in early 2009, RAC’s Andre Allen Anjos signed on to create an original soundtrack for the film, which he has just released less than 12 hours ago. Since the movie was based in the 90s, Anjos decided to only use instruments from this era. I truly respect this hommage to authenticity and it takes his Holy Rollers soundtrack up a notch in my books. The soundtrack is dark and defiant much like the outside world that Eisenberg’s character becomes naively involved with. It reeks of dirty streets, red-lit bars, moral dissonance and sinful secrets….and I can’t get enough.

You can get the RAC x Holy Rollers album by clicking here.

And great news, Anjos is offering all Torontette readers at 20% discount. Just enter the code ‘torontette’ (all lower case), and get your very own copy. Listen to it before tomorrow and you’ll feel very cool when you go see the movie.

Watch the trailer here:

Anjos has also released a single with a few remixes, which you can use the ‘torontette’ discount code for as well. Click ‘er here.