While Rayland Baxter‘s latest LP Imaginary Man gave us a keen observation of the human condition, Baxter has re-visited key tracks from the record for a new point of view on the Soho EP, which is out today and sold digitally and off stage. The EP was recorded at Dean St Studios in London that was previously Tony Visconti‘s space for recording with T. Rex, David Bowie and more. Last month, Austin Garage-Psych rockers White Denim announced their upcoming album Stiff and their first single “Holda You (I’m Psycho)“, and today they continue to build the hype by dropping another single entitled “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)“. Premiered on Nerdist on Monday, the single implements more of the funk-leaning tendencies that the band has shown to be more than capable of pulling off. After building a hearty amount of anticipation through his social media announcements and his performance on Hollywood Today, pop sensation Greyson Chance finally releases his latest single, “Hit & Run”.
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“An impeccable sophomore break-out.” – Stereogum
“It’s a rare thing when an artist scores a hat trick like this-a great melody, a genius arrangement and finely crafted lyrics.” – NPR Music
While Rayland Baxter‘s latest LP Imaginary Man gave us a keen observation of the human condition, Baxter has re-visited key tracks from the record for a new point of view on the Soho EP, which will be released February 5th digitally and off stage. Listen + Share the EP’s rendition of Mr. Rodriguez now.
The EP was recorded at Dean St Studios in London that was previously Tony Visconti’s space for recording with T. Rex, David Bowie and more. “George Harrison’s old pump organ lives in this studio and that’s what you hear along with the guitar and vocal on ‘Mr. Rodriguez’,” Baxter explained.
Able Island is the sophomore record by Toronto based Language Arts – it’s dedicated to their home, Nova Scotia, and is inspired by the mystique of the feral Sable Island. Recorded across Canada in a myriad of locations (bedrooms, basements, hotels, clubs, alleyways, cottages, etc.) it is DIY in its truest form. Having already been released digitally, the album has received notable features/reviews in Noisey, CBC, BeatRoute, NOW Magazine, Quick Before It Melts, plus many more, and now finally becomes available physically on vinyl. Also available on vinyl for the first time is Mediac, the fourth album and triumphant return of Indie Rock veterans The Most Serene Republic after almost half a decade of silence. The ten songs on Mediac were recorded by the band over four years throughout Toronto, produced by The Most Serene Republic’s Ryan Lenssen and mixed by sonic architect David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals & Los Campesinos!). Originally released digitally on November 13, 2015, it received features in Stereogum, Exclaim!, CBC Music, and more, as well as led to a sold out show at the Horseshoe Tavern last month. Mediac is now available to purchase on a 145 gram white vinyl including a digital download card.
Forged from rock ‘n’ roll soul, blue-collar charm and a renegade attitude, rock quintet Royal Tusk are set to release their full-length debut, DealBreaker, on May 6th via MapleMusic Recordings. Produced by the award-winning Eric Ratz (Big Wreck, Monster Truck, Arkells, Billy Talent), DealBreaker captures the true raw energy Royal Tusk wield, and the result is loud and guitar-driven with hints of Americana and soul. The first single, Fever, premiered on AMBY this morning, and truly embraces a dynamic evolution in the band’s sound. Check it out HERE and pre-order the album, with instant download of Fever HERE.
“I set out to make a solo record to empower myself to stand on my own, to speak from my heart and sing with my voice.”
Toronto, ON – January 25, 2016 – On April 1st Heather Rankin is set to release her debut solo album, A Fine Line, via MapleMusic Recordings. Best known for her recordings and performances with the multi-platinum selling musical group, The Rankin Family, Heather has created an 11 song collection produced by David Tyson (Co-writer/producer of Alannah Myles, Black Velvet and Amanda Marshall, Dark Horse). The new album includes a cover of Tears For Fears’ 1985 hit, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, featuring hip hop artist Quake Matthews. Fans are encouraged to follow Heather on Facebook and Twitter to take part in the creation of a video for Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Have a listen to the track now and pre-order the album at heatherrankin.ca.
After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings, Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line. This is Heather like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others.
“When I set out to make this record I planned to record an entire CD of songs by other writers and I hoped to throw in a few of my own. As the project evolved I ended up cowriting seven of the eleven tracks with my producer, David Tyson.” Heather continues; “My executive producer, Frank Davies introduced the idea of recording a cover song from the 80’s. We collectively loved ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Tears For Fears and I realized that the lyric for this song resonated with me now more than ever.”
A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like We Walk As One conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. A song like David Tyson’s Valentine is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart.
This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes, has been featured on the recordings of such artists as The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Will Ackerman and will cohost the 2016 ECMA’s this April with Ashley MacIsaac. Perhaps the most dramatic sense of balance in A Fine Line is Rankin’s own graceful sense of balance between her own musical past, present and future. After more than two decades in the business, A Fine Line suggests that we are only now getting to know Heather Rankin. She has always been known as the youngest of The Rankin Family, but now, as a solo artist, in some ways, she sounds younger, and more timely, than ever.
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Heather Rankin is best known for her recordings and performances with the multi-platinum selling musical group, The Rankin Family. Heather makes her solo debut with a cover of Tears for Fears classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” a fresh departure from the typical Rankin Family music stylings, it’s the first single off her upcoming album, A Fine Line. Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk return with their hot new single “Fever” whose video premiered today on A Music Blog, Yea?. The track comes from their upcoming debut full-length album DealBreaker, produced by JUNO award-winning producer Eric Ratz. Pre-order the full album, out May 6, on iTunes to get Fever instantly. Margaret Glaspy has released double single “You and I / Somebody to Anybody” ahead of touring with ATO label mate Rayland Baxter this winter including a show on February 9 at The Drake.
Slaight Music – champion and prime supporter of the Canadian music industry – announced today that Kayla Diamond is the winner of “It’s Your Shot 2015”, Canada’s premiere songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which drew over 1,000 entrants, encourages artists from all music genres to submit a song and/or video to www.itsyourshot.ca for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $50,000.
The “It’s Your Shot” competition is one of the many initiatives put forth by Slaight Music—a company focused on discovering, developing, inspiring and supporting Canadian recording artists.
Each year, Slaight Music partners with one of Canada’s major record labels to support this initiative. This year Kayla Diamond will receive distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support via MapleMusic Recordings Canada, along with a professional photo session, a professionally written biography, the development of an artist website, social network pages and an opportunity to perform at a high-profile musical event in 2016.
Austin southern rock band White Denim have unleashed the first song from what they call their “first truly live record.” The NPR premiered Holda You (I’m Psycho) is taken from the group’s upcoming album Stiff, described by frontman James Petralli as a “high heat, high energy, good times record.” The high-octane track certainly holds up to that description, all hundred-mile-an-hour squalling guitars and sass-laced vocals, it’s a thrilling return! Stiff is out on March 25 on Downtown Records via MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North.
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MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are thrilled about this morning’s announcement that Alabama Shakes‘ ‘Sound & Color‘ has received six Grammy nominations – including Album of the Year!
They have also received nods for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) for the extraordinary Blake Mills.
New Releases: Marcus Marr & Chet Faker ‘Work EP’, and Chet Faker ‘Built On Glass’ Limited Edition Pink Vinyl
Over the past few years, a musical admiration between Chet Faker and Marcus Marr has grown, which culminated in a four-day sojourn in Marr’s South London studio earlier this year. The recording session lasted less than a week and the two discovered that Marr’s powerful, punchy dance production perfectly balanced Faker’s soulful vocals. The result is the 4-track EP ‘Work,’ out now via Faker’s imprint, Detail Records and comes to MMR through Downtown Records/Fontana North. Chet Faker also re-releases his critically-acclaimed full-length debut Built On Glass on limited edition Pink Vinyl in support of Ten Bands One Cause.
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Sun K are celebrating the end of a great year with a dynamic session on TFO‘s BRBR and a handful of stellar dates to wrap-up the season.
After releasing their debut album ‘Northern Lies‘ this past spring via MapleMusic Recordings – the band quickly developed a reputation for their bluesy, folksy, dirty rock sound. Produced by Cone McCaslin (The Strumbellas, Operation MD) and mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F – the record has quickly garnered critical acclaim.
Yesterday they kicked off their December set of dates which began with a show at The Danforth Music Hall with Whitehorse. Now, they are prepping the next round of shows which includes an incredible headlining stint at The Dakota Tavern on December 10th. It will be a special holiday set featuring guests such as CAIRO, Jem Roberts (The OBGM’s), Galen Pelley (The Treasures), Eleanor Bull and Evan Fowler (Torero), Jeff Beadle and Chris Tsujiuchi. Their remaining 2015 dates are listed below.
“Northern Lies makes it clear that the destination is worth the trip, even if there’s a heartbreak or two along the way.” –NOISEY
“..the band prove that they know how to rock.” –Exclaim!
“Sun K are going places-fast” –The Coast
Not a live show to be missed – keyboardist Stuart Retallack, guitarist Kevin Michael Butler, drummer Scott Tiller and front-man Kristian Montano deliver intense, charismatic, and driving shows that will captivate all in attendance.
Sun K – Upcoming Tour Dates
12/10 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern – Sun K’s Holiday Show
12/22 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern w/ The Most Serene Republic
12/31 – Barrie, ON – NYE Downtown Countdown w/ The Sheepdogs
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MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are thrilled to announce that Alabama Shakes‘ ‘Sound & Color‘ has gone gold in Canada – the first country in the world to reach that milestone!
“We are so proud that our second record ‘Sound & Color’ has been certified gold in Canada,” says the band. “It is hard to put into words how great it makes us feel to see the warm reception that the new record has received. We thank everyone who has supported us and our amazing Maple team up in Canada for all of their hard work. We look forward to more great times with our Canadian friends and family.”
MapleCore’s CEO, Iain Taylor, echoes these sentiments, “This project has been a labour of love for our entire team, and we cannot be any more ecstatic to be the first territory in the world to take ‘Sound & Color’ to gold! Far and away one of the best albums to come out this year, Maple is proud to have been a part of its worldwide success. On behalf of all of us – we’d like to send our thanks to The Shakes for all their hard work and dedication to the Canadian market.”