Neighbourhood Mixtape

The Neighbourhood Mixtape: Wind Tunnels

The Neighbourhood Mixtape is a new post we're going to feature for the next few Sundays. If we get a good response we'll continue posting it long into the future. But, for now at least, we're just feeling out the waters so let us know in the comments below what you think and any suggestions for improvement.

The idea behind this weekly post, dubbed The Neighbourhood Mixtape, is to collect a handful of newly-released songs by Toronto musicians. The mixtape is meant to celebrate Toronto's music culture and provide a forum to listen to and discover new local music.

In this first installment, I've posted a five-track themed mixtape as a soundtrack for this week which you can download or stream. This week's theme, fit for sweater weather, is the wind.

Track #1: Born Ruffians, "Nova Leigh"

Born Ruffians' "Nova Leigh" is like an old music box. The guitar riffs and drumbeats, along with Luke LaLonde's vocals, halt and stutter. Only when the drum rolls kick in does the song sound fully wound. And the drum's pitch causes an explosion of noise that reflects every corner, a single light in a kaleidoscope.

Track #2: Meligrove Band, "Halflight"

Meligrove Band's "Halflight" punches with hooks that land in continuous waves. The song pounds you and leaves your head bouncing. The whistling in the end recalls dazed cartoon characters imagining birds circling around their heads.

Track #3: Broken Social Scene, "Not At My Best"

Broken Social Scene's "Not At My Best" sounds like a song that fits in Forgiveness Rock Record. Driven by surf-pop chords, looping synthesizers and Brendan Canning's airy vocals, the track leaves us pining for foamy shorelines and coastline summer sunshine.

Track #4: Bad Tits, "Bangkok Hilton"

Bad Tits' "Bangkok Hilton" is like a chase scene, where the sunset looms against the dashboard. The song sweeps and pulses, glittering into an epic bright lustre as the track gains momentum. The sharp, arcing guitar intertwines with weightless strokes of 80's new wave-like synthesizer, heavy drums and shoe-gaze vocals.

Track #5: Diamond Rings, "Something Else"

Diamond Rings' "Something Else" is a track that gets you ready for the dance floor. John O. flashes us with visions of David Bowie glam rock. With crystalline vocals and simple hooks, the track is already an instant classic made to loosen jeans and wear the heck out of shoes.


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