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In time for the gifting season, Sound Seekers shares this mix celebrating the work of a handful of top-drawer capital city musicians and bands that released new music in 2012. (Listen to the tunes here.) The list is bookended by two banger tracks with plenty of chill wave mid-mix and a nice nod to the city’s singer-songwriter roots too. Stream and get set to dance around the Christmas tree.
1. “Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)” by Fevers
Ottawa five-piece creates a sing-a-long tune that’s dance floor gold. Pull out the hairbrush mic and say yeah! The song is actually a lament of sorts, but you wouldn’t know it upon first listen.
2. “House of Common Problems” by Silkken Laumann (with guest vocals by Lidija Rozitis)
Songwriter Rolf Klausener says the title for this track came to him when he was cycling past Parliament Hill and was reminded of a cheating ex-lover. The band’s full-length debut, Not Forever Enough, will be released in 2013.
3. “Braves” (Remix) by A Tribe Called Red
A hot track from the new five-song EP called Trap Line. The dance music producing trio of DJ Shub, NDN, and Bear Witness made headlines earlier this year when NDN (Ian Campeau) led a push to change the name of the football team The Nepean Redskins. (Download the entire EP here.)
4. “Echo” by Zoo Legacy
Rhymes flow out just above a whisper in this indie-rap tune about home, place, and change. The four-piece released the song as part of their summer release called City Light Glow.
5. “Under the Moon” by Shannon Rose & The Thorns
From the two-disc album Seasons, released December 2012, this tune is about big love and its ups and downs — when you’re over the moon or lying underneath it. Rose and her band will release the album with a party January 13, 2013 at the Black Sheep Inn.
6. “Long” by Adam Saikaley
The beat-maker and jack-of-many-trades at CBC Radio pieces together a slow-burning, multi-textured lil’ symphony of sounds in this new tune.
7. “Ascent” by Okpk (remixed by Math Rosen)
Okpk is part of the Place collective comprising a handful of Ottawa-Gatineau area experimental music enthusiasts. The Place label puts out music on cassette for the most part, but makes frequent forays into the digital realm, as they did with this online-only bonus track from Okpk’s Light Limited EP.
8. “Capcity” by The Joynt (scratches by Mike DaSilva and Peter Joynt)
Rhymesayer Peter Joynt is so enthused about his hometown that he can’t help but unfurl rapid stanzas about taxpayer dollas, hollas, and even Scotiabank Place. This is a big, phat love letter to OttCity.