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PLAYIST October 2015

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REVIEW   Can you believe it’s been more than three decades since New Order first took over the music scene? And a decade since their last full LP (we’re excluding Lost Sirens, naturally), Waiting for the Siren’s Call, came out? New Order fans, take heart: the godfathers of synth-punk dance rock are back for another turn on the floor with the release of their eleventh LP proper since 2005, Music Complete. Immediately, there’s that New Order signature; it’s scrawled on every track. You know it well: atmospheric synth blended up into the band’s patented sound, crafted by members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman. You’ll find it throughout Music Complete, in different iterations, but it’s ever present, erosion-proof. Kicking off with the single ‘Restless,’ immediately hardcores will be satiated—it’s New Order coming home. A delicious throbbing build, the track is perfect for heating up the night. “And in this changing world, I’m lost for words,” seem like appropriate lyrics from a band that, while highly respected, is no longer forming current music zeitgeist, but rather informing it as an influence noted by newer-to-the-scene artists. Not that it matters—those who get it, who have stayed by

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PREMIERE FILM/NOIR – Limbo (Stream)   London based duo FILM/NOIR (Tobi Faladé and Micael Preysler) unleash their 3rd single “Limbo”. The soundtrack to either a torrid love affair or a DMT induced astro-planing trip, the listener can be the judge. Taking elements from contemporary R+B artists and blending it with post-punk stabs as well as some 90s neo-soul, there you have FILM/NOIR. A video for this track directed by Canadian/British photographer Fiona Gardenwill be coming along shortly. The debut EP Oracle Bay is expected in the early Fall 2015 via MANIMAL.

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PREMIERE Hidden Mountains – Darkest Summer (Stream)   California duo Hidden Mountains debuts their first single Darkest Summer, channeling the direction of bands like Wild Nothing, Grizzly Bear and Beach House. Darkest summer is the the first single off their upcoming self titled LP set for release early fall of 2015.  

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PREMIERE     Van Exel – Constellation X (Streaming) Producer / remixer T.H. White returns from a three year hiatus with a new album under his alt moniker Van Exel. The offering is a Sci-Fi influenced concept album titled Constellation X. Constellation X is available on Sky Council Recordings July 2015 and streaming now, on Georgie.

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PREMIERE     Spirit Haus – Lover’s Spit (Streaming) Pennsylvania based musician Bruno Catrambone (CRUISR) created a solo project under the name Spirit Haus in 2014. The new single is a cover of Canadian giants’ Broken Social Scene collects the known sound that rings true of lo-fi psychedelic melodies merged with early King Crimson dynamic vocal arrangements.

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PREMIERE TIT – 636 (Stream)   Nathalia Margot Pizarro, former frontwoman of Chains of Love, delivers her new track “636,” under the new moniker, TIT – a hazy, downtempo, post-punk r&b hybrid, perfect for endless beach night chill outs. Recorded in Compton and produced by THE/CORDS, Aaron + Eric Dorsey. TIT will be releasing more singles throughout the summer, with a possible EP release in the near future. “636” is available June 15th via BUSY SOUNDS.

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PREMIERE   Baathhaus – Sweet Baby (Stream)   The notoriously experimental BAATHHAUS – Chicago’s pop-bending four-piece music ensemble – premieres their new single today, “Sweet Baby”. True to the BAATHHAUS aesthetic, it’s a perfect blend of addictive futuristic synth-pop drenched with sexual exertion. You can find “Sweet Baby” on their upcoming self-titled EP, set to be released on July 31st, 2015.

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PREMIERE Du Blonde – Welcome Back To Milk (Full Album Stream)     Since the 2012 release of Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, Beth Jeans Houghton has undergone a complete reinvention. Debuting under the moniker Du Blonde, her forthcoming album, Welcome Back To Milk, ushers in a new name, new sound and a whole new attitude. Set for release on May 19, Georgie brings you an advanced listen – stream Welcome Back To Milk here now. Read our interview with Du Blond for issue four here.  

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PREMIERE CallmeKat – “Hidden Waters”   Channeling Joni Mitchell + Francoise Hardy, CallmeKat releases her new single “Hidden Waters”. Amidst the layers of psychedelic alt-pop is a lush soundscape that has just enough nostalgia for an irresistible aural experience. This title song can be found on their upcoming EP “Hidden Waters” set to be released on May 12th 2015 on Total Heaviosity.

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PREMIERE SYZZORS – LEO       Following the release of their first notable EP, Collage, Syzzors are back with Leo — a brand new EP that mixes powerful beats, smooth bass flows and captivating vocal harmonies. With rich, soaring vocals provided by Raphaëlle Chouinard, arrangements by Gabriel Tremblay and percussion by Lisandre Bourdages, Leo marks the Montreal-based electronic trio’s most refined, organic pop sound to date. Set for release on May 12, today Georgie brings you an advanced listen – stream Leo here now.  

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Oct 6 2014 1200 people loosely packed the Shaw Conference Centre, an intimate crowd in a very un-intimate setting. The Pixies hit the stage and opened with Allison only to have Black Francis wave the song off after the first verse to have his bandmates blast into Something Against You. A flood of self imposed nostalgia washed over those of us in the crowd old enough to remember listening to The Pixies on our walkmans. But as they rocketed through their set very little attention was paid to us in audience and it felt for awhile this was like watching a cleverly automated and aged version of this band we all loved though most of our life. Then its hits you, this is THE PIXIES, and no matter how they feel about reunions, losing and adding key members, hearing those songs played in front of you is still amazing. The songwriting really is untouchable. Though there was no Kim Deal, which meant not being able to hear Gigantic, Paz Lenchantin brought the same swagger that drove my inner teenager insane. Even the feedback solo by Joey Santiago, which seems like commonplace from other 90’s indie giants, didn’t seem forced and

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  Nearly a decade after Arcade Fire’s legendary performance at Reds, the band has returned to Edmonton with three more albums in tow and a much larger grandeur. The once underdogs of Montreal’s 2004 indie scene have now become one of the biggest bands in the world and, refreshingly, still perform like everything is at stake. Never aiming for anything less than greatness, last night’s performance was no exception. Imaginative and thrilling, the 12 piece, multi-instrumental band unfolded a generously paced set, including a ton of material from 2004’s Funeral, spliced with great hits from The Suburbs, Neon Bible and the new James Murphy, disco-infused Reflektor. Starting the night with the instant classic “Reflektor”, directly followed by one of the band’s oldest classics, “Haiti”, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne traded off owning the stage while bouncing forwards and back through the band’s musical catalogue. Each song seemed to have a new rhythmic sound with a range of Caribbean influence stemming from their time spent in Haiti in 2011, a country close to the band’s heart. And just in case the audience wasn’t in the know, Win made sure to inform everyone that a dollar from each ticket sale on this

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  As far as musical collaborations go, the neo-psychedelic Broken Bells made up of James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, are undoubtedly one of most dynamic, forward-thinking duos in modern music. Backed by a compelling body of work, both artists have their own unique styles that forge together to make a unified broad sound. Broken Bells made their mark for the first time in Edmonton when they took the stage at the Winspear Centre on August 7th. It was a show that started with a relatively low-key entrance on a not-so-subtle stage set with galactic glowing proportions. Positioned opposite each other, Mercer and Burton teleported all in attendance into a cosmic look at their imaginations. There was no shortage of showmanship with Mercer’s vocals on blast, showcasing his natural talent for singing, and Burton demonstrating his instrumental diversity by switching from synths to bass and drums. In some instances both Mercer and Burton seem to come to the forefront, but at no point did it feel disjointed. The performance stayed true to the collaborative feel of their records. Last night’s performance was mesmerizing in a sci-fi disco kinda way. The well-paced set featured selections

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John Legend performed to a sold-out crowd at the Winspear Centre on Wednesday night. Eschewing the cultivated radio-produced sound, the night offered intimate and stripped-down versions of his classic hit songs. Free from special effects and outfit changes, John relied on his virtuosity and voice to appease the audience, proving that when you have the vocal talent, often a minimalist show is best. His low-key entrance garnered a very appreciative response as he eased into some of his earlier hits like “Used to Love You” and “Let’s Get Lifted”. Accompanied by a guitarist and string quartet, the majority of the night featured Legend on his piano sharing his soaring falsetto. As he romantically journeyed through the chronology of his work, he shared several stories including how he broke into the music scene after moving to New York by meeting long-time friend and collaborator Kanye West. John finished the night with soulful and stirring performances of “Ordinary People” and “All of Me”, both of which garnered standing ovations, allowing him to depart the stage as smoothly and elegantly as he performed all night.

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