Cut From Steel http://cutfromsteel.com Music Blog Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:31:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/cutfromsteel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-cfs_bloglogo.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Cut From Steel http://cutfromsteel.com 32 32 45325159 Khalid – Perfect (rough draft) http://cutfromsteel.com/khalid-perfect-rough-draft/ Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:17:08 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8637 Khalid is an 18 year-old musician from Texas who has the voice of an angel. He made a big splash a year ago with his beautiful single ‘Location‘ (currently at 130+ Million views). Earlier this summer Khalid released ‘Young, Dumb & Broke‘ (the video features Mr. Belding), which could serve as an anthem for everyone at […]

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Khalid is an 18 year-old musician from Texas who has the voice of an angel. He made a big splash a year ago with his beautiful single ‘Location‘ (currently at 130+ Million views). Earlier this summer Khalid released ‘Young, Dumb & Broke‘ (the video features Mr. Belding), which could serve as an anthem for everyone at a crossroads in life.

‘Perfect’ has Khalid singing about the loneliness and melancholy that’s so present today. This song is beautiful in its simplicity. Khalid’s vocals and the faint strumming of an acoustic guitar are the only sounds we hear. It can’t be overstated just how beautiful Khalid’s vocals are, and while his voice has always been what’s set him apart from the rest it is in this song that trulylly shines.  At times this sounds like an R&B track and at other times it sounds like a country ballad. ‘Perfect’, like other songs we’ve heard from Khalid slides effortlessly from one genre into another.

Keep an eye out for Khalid.

“I’ve been on my own for a long time I’m feeling kind of lonely/Nothing’s fun when I’m the only one out here who knows me.”

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Alvvays – Dreams Tonite http://cutfromsteel.com/alvvays-dreams-tonite/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:38:30 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8625 ‘Dreams Tonite’ is the new video from the fantastic new Alvvays album Antisocialites. This is a beautiful song full of vintage glamour, great production, and the amazing vocals we’ve come to associate with Alvvays. It’s really good and you should check out the rest of this new album while you’re at it. This is one […]

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‘Dreams Tonite’ is the new video from the fantastic new Alvvays album Antisocialites. This is a beautiful song full of vintage glamour, great production, and the amazing vocals we’ve come to associate with Alvvays. It’s really good and you should check out the rest of this new album while you’re at it.
This is one of the most beautiful videos to grace my inbox in a long time. It includes clips of Montreal’s Expo ’67 filmed by the National Film Board with new footage of the band edited in.

Alvvays are embarking on a huge tour with international and local dates. All of the Toronto shows are now sold out so you should come and see them in Hamilton.

From the band:

“Canada was at its coolest fifty years ago in Montreal at Expo ’67,” notes the band of their magically impressive time-travel clip. “The National Film Board caught a young country at its most iconic on sweet saturated 16mm. We fetishize retro-futurism and are thrilled our buddy Matt Johnson was able to facilitate our half-century temporal trip back to peak pop and op. And this video introduces our new drummer, so please meet Sheridan!”

Alvvays on tour:

10.12.17 – Exit / In – Nashville, TN *

10.13.17 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL *

10.14.17 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA *

10.16.17 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX *

10.17.17 – Mohawk – Austin, TX *

10.18.17 – Trees – Dallas, TX *

10.20.17 – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM *

10.21.17 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ * SOLD OUT

10.24.17 – Fillmore – San Francisco, CA *

10.26.17 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR^

10.27.17 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR ^ SOLD OUT

10.28.17 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA ^

10.30.17 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT ^

10.31.17 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO ^

11.2.17 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN ^

11.3.17 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

11.4.17 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI

11.17.17 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC

11.18.17 – Babylon – Ottawa, ON

11.20.17 – The Studio – Hamilton, ON

11.21.17 – Rum Runners – London, ON

12.12.17 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON

12.13.17 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON SOLD OUT

12.14.17 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON SOLD OUT

12.15.17 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON SOLD OUT

12.16.17 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON SOLD OUT

+ w/ Alaskaalaska

* w/ Nap Eyes

^ w/ Jay Som

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Miguel – Shockandawe http://cutfromsteel.com/miguel-shockandawe/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:49:24 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8618 We’ve been graced by two new singles from Miguel this week. “Sky Walker” came out earlier and frankly wasn’t that interesting when compared to the kind of music we’ve come to expect from Miguel. The second, and much better, single from Miguel this week is “Shockandawe”. Is it too soon to be throwing ‘Shock and […]

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We’ve been graced by two new singles from Miguel this week. “Sky Walker” came out earlier and frankly wasn’t that interesting when compared to the kind of music we’ve come to expect from Miguel. The second, and much better, single from Miguel this week is “Shockandawe”.

Is it too soon to be throwing ‘Shock and Awe‘ around like this? Nah

This is a track that takes us back to the glory days of N.E.R.D. and that level of synth vs. analog instrument production. This song is glorious and is hopefully a sign of things to come from Miguel. There have been no announcements about future releases from Miguel as of yet.

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Matthew Chaim – Focus http://cutfromsteel.com/matthew-chaim-focus/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:20:49 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8611 Montreal’s Matthew Chaim is finally back with some new music. We’ve shared his music before and after waiting patiently we finally have a new Matthew Chaim track. ‘Focus’ is the first single from Matthew this year and is hopefully a sign of more music to come. Matthew has a really smooth voice and great lyrics […]

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Montreal’s Matthew Chaim is finally back with some new music. We’ve shared his music before and after waiting patiently we finally have a new Matthew Chaim track. ‘Focus’ is the first single from Matthew this year and is hopefully a sign of more music to come. Matthew has a really smooth voice and great lyrics and the production from Noah Barer and Austin Tecks works so well.

I’ll tell you why I really like this song. There are a few points where, while listening to it for the first time, I predicted it would go in a certain obvious direction and I was wrong each time. The vocals and production are close enough to the main stream but it pulls back and takes things in a different direction. It could easily have become a Drake-type song but Matthew ( and Noah and Austin) obviously have enough of a handle on their style and ideas to make this song stand on its own.

From Matthew:
This song came from a place of self-motivation. I went into it with the intention of writing something super light and vibey. What came out was this sort of pep talk to myself… telling myself that I need to focus, and shove all my attention into music. And I think it’s working. Less than a month after writing Focus, I quit my full-time job and went all in.”

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Jorja Smith and Preditah: On My Mind http://cutfromsteel.com/jorja-smith-and-preditah-on-my-mind/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:38:49 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8601 You may know her because you’re a fan of amazing UK based singers, or because you follow UK’s garage trends, or because she was featured on Drake’s last project, or because she played a very hyped Toronto show over the past week.  Jorja Smith is an incredible singer with a really cool style that’s reminiscent […]

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You may know her because you’re a fan of amazing UK based singers, or because you follow UK’s garage trends, or because she was featured on Drake’s last project, or because she played a very hyped Toronto show over the past week.  Jorja Smith is an incredible singer with a really cool style that’s reminiscent of 90’s R&B and garage and is perfectly at home in 2017. I’ve long for the glory days of 90’s R&B

I’ve longed for the glory days of 90’s R&B when great vocalists were superstars. While we’ve had a ’90’s R&B style resurgence, kind of, the vocals seem to be taking a back seat to production and trendy gimmicks. It is so good to get a great song like this that features a really talented singer. Who would have thought that really really good singers would ever go out of style? Damn.

On My Mind was produced by Preditah; a producer who works with Skepta. The production on this song is fresh and light and is the perfect support to let Jorja’s beautiful voice shine. The video for this track features pirate radio and the dudes from Kurupt FM who made the now famous pirate radio mockumentary ‘People Just Do Nothing’.

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Young Bugs — Street Horse http://cutfromsteel.com/young-bugs-street-horse/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:45:21 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8596 Young Bugs are a rock trio from Brooklyn, NY. “Street Horse” is the new single off their EP “Young Bugs Die Young“. This is a funky little tune and the others on the EP are as well.  ‘Street Horse’ is kind of an unusual indie rock song because the timing and momentum are unexpected. This band […]

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Young Bugs are a rock trio from Brooklyn, NY. “Street Horse” is the new single off their EP “Young Bugs Die Young“.

This is a funky little tune and the others on the EP are as well.  ‘Street Horse’ is kind of an unusual indie rock song because the timing and momentum are unexpected. This band caught my attention immediately and I dove into the EP. These guys sound like they grew up listening to the Strokes but also deep cuts classic rock; the sound is indie rock tinged with vintage guitar sounds. It works and I’m looking forward to seeing what else Young Bugs get up to.

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Terra Lightfoot – Paradise http://cutfromsteel.com/terra-lightfoot-paradise/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:00:05 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8580 Paradise is the first single off Terra Lightfoot‘s upcoming album, New Mistakes. Paradise is a strong single and it really allows Terra’s strong vocals to shine through. I’ve been a fan of everything Terra Lightfoot has released to this point. She’s an incredible talent and her live shows are really worth checking out.  This new song, […]

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Paradise is the first single off Terra Lightfoot‘s upcoming album, New Mistakes.

Paradise is a strong single and it really allows Terra’s strong vocals to shine through. I’ve been a fan of everything Terra Lightfoot has released to this point. She’s an incredible talent and her live shows are really worth checking out.  This new song, Paradise, has me feeling conflicted. The song starts off really great but, in my opinion, it loses a lot of steam in the second half. The chorus sucks the great funky energy out of the song and it weighs it down into easy-listening rock territory.

If you listen to songs like All Alone and No Hurry, you’ll get a sense of the edgier, and less polished, sound that Terra has become known for. Of course, artists grow and change and draw their inspirations from different things and it is completely expected that each album will sound different from the last. I’m cautiously optimistic (and fully hoping to be proven wrong) that we aren’t taking a shift into radio friendly soft rock with this upcoming album.

Terra Lightfoot’s new album is out in October and you can pre-order it now.

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PUP – Old Wounds http://cutfromsteel.com/pup-old-wounds/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:00:16 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8577 Toronto’s beloved Punks, PUP, are well known for having great live shows, really dedicated fans, and really awesome music videos. PUP haven’t kept their love of video games a secret, but with ‘Old Wounds’, they’ve come out and released the video as a 16-bit playable game. This version of the ‘Old Wounds’ video game is […]

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Toronto’s beloved Punks, PUP, are well known for having great live shows, really dedicated fans, and really awesome music videos. PUP haven’t kept their love of video games a secret, but with ‘Old Wounds’, they’ve come out and released the video as a 16-bit playable game.

This version of the ‘Old Wounds’ video game is made up of a series of interwoven YouTube videos that form a sort of choose-your-own-adventure video game. You pick a band member to play as and start off on your adventure to get the boys back to the hotel. The adventures are hilarious and entertaining even if you know little about the band.

As the band puts it: “28 WAYS TO DIE. 16 ALIENS. 10+ BEERS. 4 WAYS FOR PUP TO SURVIVE.”

Besides this being a really great and fun video, the actual song for ‘Old Wounds’ is fantastic. PUP have really nailed their sound and it has been awesome to watch them consistently kick ass and take names.

If you’re coming to Supercrawl in Hamilton you can watch PUP tear up the downtown for free:
Fri Sept 8 | 11:00PM | City of Music/Exclaim! Stage (James St. N. & West Harbour GO)

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METZ – Mess of Wires http://cutfromsteel.com/metz-mess-wires/ Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:13:26 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8571 The time for boring music has come to an end. Toronto’s incredible punk trio, METZ, are back with the first single off their highly anticipated third album, Strange Peace (out on September 22nd). Mess of Wires is a great song full of wild energy. One of the things that makes METZ stand out amongst their noisy […]

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The time for boring music has come to an end. Toronto’s incredible punk trio, METZ, are back with the first single off their highly anticipated third album, Strange Peace (out on September 22nd).

Mess of Wires is a great song full of wild energy. One of the things that makes METZ stand out amongst their noisy peers is their ability to transfer energy through their music. Not in a weird crystals and ‘chill vibes’ kind of way – but in the sense that their music is so intense and the rhythmic hypnotic melodies never slow down and never ease up –  you actually feel a wave of intense energy wash over you as you listen to their music. They are amazing and the new album can’t be here soon enough.

As with most great bands – METZ are even better live and you owe it to your ears to have that experience if they come to your town. Find METZ tour dates here.

More about the upcoming album:
“Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.”

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James Wyatt Crosby – Pray On It http://cutfromsteel.com/james-wyatt-crosby-pray/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:26:17 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8564 Pray On It is the second single from James Wyatt Crosby‘s upcoming debut album. This is a shimmery pop song with hymn-like repetition and great production. This song is in the style we’ve come to expect from bands like fellow Southern-Ontarians Caribou and Junior Boys.  The beat is classic pop and the repeating lyrics build momentum […]

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Pray On It is the second single from James Wyatt Crosby‘s upcoming debut album. This is a shimmery pop song with hymn-like repetition and great production. This song is in the style we’ve come to expect from bands like fellow Southern-Ontarians Caribou and Junior Boys.  The beat is classic pop and the repeating lyrics build momentum as the song progresses. James Wyatt Crosby is in great company with this sound and here’s hoping the rest of the album is just as great.

Is this a religious dance floor jam? It might be. Frankly, I can’t tell if this is Christian dance music or if this is a more general spiritual high-five telling us to believe in ourselves and be our own deities. Does it matter if it is? I don’t know. The jury is still out.

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