Hear the Week's Best New Canadian Music: HotKid, Motorists, Softcult

BY Exclaim! StaffPublished Sep 3, 2021

The "unapparent summer air in early fall" — as Bo Burnham would put it — seasonal feeling is upon us. It's September and it's time for the weather to finally start cooling off, but Canadian artists are still bringing the heat.

This week in a nutshell: Drake has no friends, Cambridge's HotKid have written you a letter with Motorists' "Hidden Hands" — and it's all going down in Exclaim! New Faves alum Softcult's "House of Mirrors." Plus things get multilingual with Andy ShaufCoeur de pirate and more.

In album drop news, obviously, Certified Lover Boy was finally released with that movingly artistic, emoji-filled album artwork. Elsewhere, we've got the debut from Toronto's jangle pop philosophers and other full-lengths from Bad Waitress, a l l i e, SUUNS and Geordie Gordon. Get your first taste of all of these records with a highlight we've painstakingly chosen from the many on each!

Let's get collaborative: DijahSB dances with Mick Jenkins, Serena Ryder reworks "Used to You" with Shawn Hook and renforshort teams up Australian artist G Flip. Skyzz and MellyQueen make Latin pop magic, Eli Rose gets Imposs, and Robin Hatch recruits Leland Whitty & Eric Slick for "Brazil" — the first single from her forthcoming album T.O.N.T.O. Likewise, Hannah Georgas previews her acoustic EP with a new version of "Change" from 2020's All That Emotion.

You're also not going to want to miss the new scorchers from Hot Garbage, CIVIC TV, Odonis Odonis and Gulfer, as well as bops from Valley, wayfie and Ivytide. Need we go on?

… Yeah, didn't think so. Go ahead and dig into The Eh List! below, presented by Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters — all Canadian and proud of it!

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