Daily Archives: March 22, 2016




Hey pals,
Sorry about the lack of charts last week – I was stuck at home fighting the gnarly cold that’s been making its way around Montreal. After a couple days in bed, lots of soup, and plenty of cold meds I’m back at it with a fresh batch of charts and a whole bunch of new tracking info for all you lovely folks. Want some post-SXSW updates on yr records? Hit me up!


We’ve teamed up with the good folks of Suoni Per Il Popolo to put together a last-minute gig for your long weekend celebrations. Swing by La Vitrola on Saturday night for performances from TTT, Jean-Sebastien Truchy, Ylang Ylang + Cosi e Cosi, and the Howl! Arts Ensemble. Plus, it’s Easter, so we’ll have chocolate goodies free for the taking. What’s not to love? We’ll see you there.

ckut top 30 – march 22, 2016

1. essaie pas – demain est une autre nuit – dfa CC *
2. charlotte cornfield – future snowbird – consonant records CC
3. nap eyes – thought rock fish scale – you’ve changed CC
4. final cop – castaway lakota – dub ditch picnic
5. dead obies – gesamtkunstwerk – bonsound CC * Continue reading


Album Review: Jamie xx – In Colour


In Colour, Jamie XX’s solo debut album, delivers more danceable tunes than that of The XX’s, Jamie XX’s band, while keeping the simplicity that attracts many audiences who are tired of listening to already abundantly loud and monotonous music. All tracks sound pristine and well produced. Perhaps it is the powerful sounds and synergetic composition that allow In Colour to sound interesting despite its minimalistic composition.

Spacy and unpredictable, In Colour is soothing and comfortable to listen to. Jamie XX utilizes dynamics to build up anticipation. Tight and controlled bass would often come and go while his audience expects and desires more. Jamie XX adds on finer details on top of simple bass, and the tension continues to build up. If In Colour was a person, they would sure play hard to get!

Sounds from In Colour seem simple, but its high detail adds subtle complexities. Sometimes less is more, and In Colour demonstrates exactly that. The only criticism is that if In Colour had any less “colours” in it, it might lose its synergy.  If the compositional aspect of In Colour could be compared to various colours in a painting, how each instrument sounds is the underlying hue to the colour that brings out the brilliance from the painting. Although I enjoyed the composition of In Colour, it is the detail of each sound that allowed me to enjoy In Colour to its fullest.

My favourite tune from In Colour was Seesaw, featuring Jamie’s bandmate Romy. The song is arguably repetitive, but the background details and subtle changes in the song deliver so much emotion. I felt as if I was having a trippy dream that I could only vaguely recollect in the morning.

In Colour’s audience will really feel the music. While the album might not have a focal point, like an insane guitar solo to listen to, it offers a sanctuary for its audience to dive in, lie back, and chill out. The selling point of In Colour is about enjoying the various combinations of pleasant sounds. I would recommend to try and really see the sound of In Colour like the complex colours in a painting, rather solely listening to it.

-Review by Edward Keunuk Shin


Jam for Justice: Spring Benefit Concert Review


Jam for Justice is a non-profit organization that seeks to support local organizations by showcasing up-and-coming bands in front of eager audiences with all profits going to charity. This Friday, the stage was set for their sold out spring concert with Dans la Rue, a local homeless charity, receiving the fundraising.  Every set bled youthful passion as guitar solos and bountiful energy constantly inhabited the stage.  The setting was viciously positive with nearly every song from each band generating roaring cheers from the crowd.  In general the bands were unpolished and seemed to still be refining their songwriting, however, the platform provided by Jam for Justice was ideal for young musicians to explore their potential. Continue reading