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Toronto’s The Silk Demise stalk in with seductively haunting single ‘’Professor’s Lake’’

Wrapped in a promise, under stars. I set our feet as we melt in the dark.

Founded in 2006, this is the ultimately dark ambient electronic, trip-hop, and chillout music for the soul- to be enjoyed with the lights ideally off. 

The Silk Demise’ are highly influenced by trip-hop legends Massive Attack and Portishead and they expertly conjure their own smooth brand of the genre, relying on samples, synths, and melodic drones. Their music is a bit scary but enjoyable and this is a quality outfit.

Let’s enjoy this top act from Toronto, Canada and hope for more quality release while they create that one massive hit to propel them to the front of the queue. 

Stream more from ‘The Silk Demise’ here on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


DESVIL soars into high pitched dreamy-pop R&B greatness with ‘Bodyboy’

Canadian based singer and songwriter DESVIL has released ‘Bodyboy’ with an accompanying music visual on his YouTube channel. 

With a discernible buzz made four years ago off the back of a cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ on his Soundcloud page, DESVIL’s new track ‘Bodyboy’ shows a strong glimpse into his high potential, high-pitched dreamy and funky pop talents.

Skillfully wavering across vintage-effect drum plucks, DESVIL’s high pitch vibrato in ‘Bodyboy’ draws listeners’ ears in whisper-close with lush dustings of smoothly delivered melodic drawls. It’s that sort of moody, dream pop that many bedroom producers dream of hitting the right notes on – and to all his credit, DESVIL delivers superbly with this release. 

You can check out ‘Bodyboy’ on DESVIL’s YouTube channel now


Bicycles in Amsterdam – Swim Like a Monkey; A Twee Epiphany

A sound this pure could only stem from a Toronto based singer songwriter and producer. Bicycles in Amsterdam is the latest musical venture from the adorably sweet Russel Roger Harness.

If you didn’t fall in love with his last single Annie’s Song, you’ll be powerless to resist the sticky sweet melodies that the solo artist puts out. Swim Like a Monkey is the brand new single packed with captivating acoustic flow, perfectly orchestrated to create a playful sound that Russell created at the tender age of 21. I’m a firm believer that age is never of relevance when it comes to music, yet, It’s hard to get over the lyrical wisdom that is escaping his lyrical lips especially in his earlier track Annie’s song.

Russell takes the campfire approach to his sound for that ultimately raw wanderlust sound which brims with compassion and complexity. He’s not an artist that takes himself too seriously and that’s what I love about him, but I have a feeling, he doesn’t know quite how evocative his sound is.

I strongly recommend you check out Swim Like a Monkey via Spotify using the link below:

Head on over to Bicycles in Amsterdam’s website for more:


Jasim Malik – Lullaby: The Riddle Trapped Inside The Enigma

The Canadian based singer songwriter Jasim Malik’s new single Lullaby dropped in September, blowing us away with its poignant mix of R&B and Soul fuelled sound combined with immersive transient, hard hitting bass lines and pacified by his dulcet sound.

What really stood out for me in his latest track Lullaby were his thunderous baritone vocals in parts are reduced to a sensual whisper that drags you all through the verse to the uproar of the chorus mixed with delectable breakdowns that have the ability to make you forget how to breathe.

Malik’s latest track in parts is just what it says on the tin, a melodic medley of soul infused sound with a twinge of raucous trap energy. He brings the rhythm to our blues, using his music to paint the colours in his spectacularly poetic mind. He approaches his sound with a delectably humble and playful manner, he is undoubtedly a pensive mind, his music serves as a window into his pain. The end product is a piercingly resonant sound.

Check out Malik’s latest track Lullaby on the SoundCloud or Apple Music link below:


James Baley – Moonwave: Lucid Lullabies

James Baley is a Dreampop connoisseur, his debut track Moonwave has definitely caught our attention; the lucid and transcendental style is something that all music lovers are going to want to get behind. The Toronto based singer and songwriter is unambiguously blessed with musical talent, his work has been in the public arena since a very young age which has given him a plethora of time to perfect his sound and the ability to convey his emotion through the music.

As a song writer Baley encapsulates the sound behind his spirituality and devotion to his family to send a strong message of divine sensibility and passion behind his lyrics. He takes influence from other strong vocalists such as Bjork, Lauren Hill and Ella Fitzgerald. His latest hit Moonwave speaks of his raw playfulness which projects through his music to create a distinctively atmospheric sound.

Baley has a unique lyrical styling and interesting elemental production which uses complex jarring effects over the vocals, I’m not usually a fan of overly dubbed vocals, but there’s just something so charming about the lyrics when put against such a lucid sound.

Check out James Baleys captivating hit Moonwave on the SoundCloud link below


A&R Factory Present: Kayla Diamond

Toronto solo artist Kayla Diamond has shared first single “Carnival Hearts” off her debut EP Beautiful Chaos due this summer via Cadence Music. Listen to “Carnival Hearts”

At the beginning of her first year in law school in 2015, Kayla entered and won Slaight Music’s It’s Your Shot contest, which landed her a recording contract with Cadence Music. After winning the contest, she put her studies on hold to pursue music and has barely left the studio since.

Beautiful Chaos teams Kayla with noted Toronto based writer/producer Craig McConnell and is a look into Kayla’s life over the last few years with each track inspired by a different person. With a bouncy melody and soaring vocals on “Carnival Hearts” Kayla reflects, “[‘Carnival Hearts’ is]’ inspired by the concept of isolation and being lost in your own world. This is about me creating life within and from emptiness. I started writing when I felt empty. It’s a revival of something presumed to be unusable and abandoned.”

While prepping the EP, she has worked within the EDM community lending vocals for various DJs including Kiso’s cover tracks of Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Want To Live Forever”. She also teamed up with Anveo on the track “Feel Something”, which has hit 3 million+ streams on Spotify since its release in December. Those collaborations have received notable praise from the likes of Tiësto, Gareth Emery, Axwell and more.


A&R Factory Present: Jeff Beadle

Jeff Beadle, a Canadian folk singer-songwriter, was born into a music adoring family that encouraged his love for song writing. He started writing at 12 years old to immediate local recognition. He and a few school friends started playing local fairs, arcades and house parties – all with original song-writing. When in High School, he created multiple bands and attended all possible music classes while continuing to play live shows whenever he could.

Jeff now works alone every day, battling Toronto traffic all the while writing what has become The Huntings End. Over the last four years he has been cleaning and servicing the swimming pools of the elite in the downtown core. The daily solitude provoked the fears, tragedies and heartbreaks of his past. These strong reminiscences weighed heavy on his lonely days, begging for a release.

Jeff would arrange these feeling into rough songs on his cell phone, using voice memos and notes. Covered in grease and with chlorine stained clothes, he’d rush home to unpack the ideas, hashing out the fundamentals into melodies and complete lyrics. There is always rushed excitement to his creation, as is heard in the heartfelt tracks on The Huntings End.

His house is the local hub for all his friends. He makes late night dinners for everyone (Chef Jeff) that eventually turn into a wine infused testing ground for young songs. Based on this close to home feedback, Jeff would then fine tune his tracks at many local venues in Toronto. He plays constantly, at home, a-capella in the car, live shows at bars and backyards all for the love of playing and to fine tune his songs.

After running his songs through the local gauntlet of live venues, Jeff partnered up with his close friend Frank Gairdner to plan a raw and pure recording session. They chose Frank’s parent’s place, a quiet and remote farm house with 20 ft wood beam ceilings located on the rolling country hills of Southern Ontario. The evocative lyrics and catchy melodies reverberated wonderfully.

Jeff has a lot of experience that he draws from. The bands that he has headed cover many genres, have toured Canada multiple times as well as through China. He developed a love for the road while touring every nook and cranny of Canada. The unique towns and people that he met all had their own appreciation and love for music, and all of them had their own stories for having it.

For Jeff, this is one of the most important parts of writing music. Along with telling his own story, he needs to tell others’ as well. His intense empathy for people’s situations and losses motivate a lot of his music. The road was his library, gathering stories and experiences and translating them to music.


A&R Factory Present: Faiza

She’s proving herself to be the next diamond out of the 6.

Toronto based artist Faiza emerged on the music scene back in 2014, with the release of her debut self titled EP. As soon as we heard about her latest single and video, we couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

Her new single “Body Babe” has fresh sound and is nothing short of a smash.The fun and raw party record displays women confidently expressing their sexual agency without shame, it offers a refreshing take on the idea of “friends with benefits” to the Nextflix and Chill world we now live in.

The music video is set in a loft-style room with hues of blue and party vibes that will keep you going all throughout. Her infectious voice layered on top of the catchy melody will drive you to get attached to her musicality as soon as you reach the chorus.


A&R Factory Present: The Modern Hearts

The Modern Hearts, with a signature sound built upon a foundation of hook-filled guitar pop and soaring vocals, are poised to win over fans and critics alike with their new EP, World’s On Fire. The irresistible single, “Want You So Bad,” released in the summer of 2015, kicks things off, clearly displaying how far The Modern Hearts have come as radio-savvy hit-makers in a short period of time.

The Toronto-based quartet consisting of lead vocalist/synth and rhythm guitarist Gary Stitt, lead guitarist and harmony vocalist Steve Wilde, bassist Jason Sulyma, and drummer A.J. Pinsonneault, began making their mark at the start of 2014 with their self-released full-length debut album Into The Wild.

On the strength of that record’s “world class songs that draw from classic and modern influences,” in the words of Last Gang Entertainment founder Chris Taylor, The Modern Hearts beat out 1600 other artists to win that year’s Breaking Bands competition, sponsored by Big Music Fest in Kitchener, Ontario, and a place on the festival’s bill alongside Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Slash, and other rock giants.

As more warmly received performances increased that momentum, The Modern Hearts returned to the studio in 2015 with JUNO Award-winning producer and engineer Dan Brodbeck (Dolores O’Riordan, The Gandharvas, The Salads) to lay down “Want You So Bad,” released in time for the band’s return to Big Music Fest, followed by a tour of western Canada.

The upcoming EP’s other songs—“Show Me Love,” and “World’s On Fire”—reflect an equal amount of craftsmanship and sonic diversity, and a desire to focus on the best material on hand, polished until perfected.

 The Modern Hearts’ evolution is sure to take a huge leap forward with World’s On Fire as the band’s songwriting and live show have coalesced into a movement with undeniable appeal. As Canadian broadcasting legend Alan Cross said of The Modern Hearts, “Watch this band. They have the songs, the chops and the smarts to be a factor.”


A&R Factory Present: Jane’s Party

Though they’ve been playing together since 2006, the members of Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane’s Party – Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton – feel like they’re just starting to gather steam.

Ready to take off after years roving Toronto’s vibrant bar scene and touring great swaths of Canada, their third full-length album, Tunnel Visions, arrives as their most confident and mature effort to date. Produced by Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor and recorded at his remote farm in Southern Ontario, it’s comprised of songs about being on the road, about losing loved ones, about growing up and coming to grips with life.

Even while running the gamut of emotions and themes, the bandmates never lose the buoyant, hooky songwriting or soulful harmonies they’ve honed over nearly a decade of collaboration, and their hard-won chemistry is evident in how effortless the execution comes off. With Tunnel Visions, they offer an original take on a classic sound, with compositions that feel at once familiar and fresh. Their diverse array of sounds jumps across and often fuses genres – from folk to funk to stripped-down guitar rock, with synth-pop flourishes and splashes of grunge. These are plaintive songs and gritty songs, songs that strike a tonal balance between chip-on-the-shoulder tenacity and Sunday morning malaise, between small-town intimacy and big-city bravado.

The production, too, is polished to a sheen, with input from outside voices entering the picture for the first time. Lead single “Coming on Strong” is co-produced by The Darcys and features legendary singer/songwriter Jim Cuddy on backing vocals. The album, mixed by Chris Stringer and mastered by Joao Carvalho, showcases a sound that’s more layered and sonically rich than anything the band has created thus far. This is a long way from the Jane’s Party that recorded and self-produced their debut album in a garage in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood.

Since then, they’ve collaborated and shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, Wintersleep, Matt Mays, The Maccabees, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tom Odell, Lights, Manic Street Preachers, and others. They’ve come up in the world, and people are starting to take notice.

Two years in the making, Tunnel Visions speaks of a band that’s found itself, and of one of Toronto’s best-kept secrets stepping out of the shadows.