🎧 Coy Haste – “West Plains”

If you’re not familiar with Brad Weber, he’s the producer behind Toronto-based electronic outfit Coy Haste. He also happens to be the brains behind one of our favourites; Pick A Piper.

Recently, he dropped West Plains on the masses, and we can’t get enough of this thing here at The iM. It’s been on heavy rotation over the last few days and shows no signs of slowing down. Now, it’s time for you to take a listen.

Check out the track in the embed below, and be sure to hit up his socials leading up to the new record; Apicultura drops February 5th via Stereo Ferment.

If you dig this, you might like “New River Beach – Mystery Tape”

📹 Sonic Unyon: “Now We Are 25”

If you’re not familiar with Hamilton-based independent record label Sonic Unyon, you really should be. The label is responsible for releasing a ton of music over the years from Canadian indie music veterans like Thrush Hermit, Hayden, Tristan Psionic, Erics Trip, SIANspheric, Treble Charger, and more. Just recently, they released a documentary celebrating 25 years, and we want you to know all about it. It’s a trip down memory lane you won’t soon forget.

Check out the doc in the embed, and be sure to hit up the playlist below for all the Sonic Unyon you can handle. And, while you’re at it, grab a copy of the triple edition 25th-anniversary vinyl bundle right here. One thing is for certain, this bunch helped shape the Canadian music scene in a big way. Show them some love.

📀 Plays Of The Month: December

It’s that time of year when playlists can be found everywhere it seems. Best Of Lists, including ours, are all over the internet. So … why not make one more to end the year?

Below, you’ll find our Plays Of The Month for December … our very last post of the year. Bring on 2021 and goodbye 2020 … you won’t be missed. Except for the music, of course!

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Covers … Best Of 2020 – Songs … Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1) and Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2).

📀 Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2)

Well, here we are. The Top 20 albums of the year, according to The iM. It’s been so much fun compiling this list, and we’re stoked to be sharing it with you today. If you missed Part 1 yesterday, you can check it out before you go any further.

That being said, here are the records that defined our year below. So much talent on these recordings; artists who inspired us in what was otherwise a pretty dismal 2020. Isn’t that what music is all about? We think so.

20. Venus Furs – Self-Titled

19. Destroyer – Have We Met

18. Nation Of Language – Introduction, Presence

17. Bully – SUGAREGG

16. elvis depressedly – depressedelica

15. Prince Josh – The Joy

14. Gum Country – Somewhere

13. Jon Mckiel – Bobby Joe Hope

12. Falcon Jane – Faith

11. TOPS – I Feel Alive

10. Helena Deland – Someone New

9. Radical Dads – Paved Mountain

8. Freak Heat Waves – Zap The Planet

7. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

6. Lee Paradise – The Fink

5. Skyway Man – The World Only Ends When You Die

4. LOMA – Don’t Shy Away

3. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud

2. Zoon – Bleached Wavves

1. Fellow Hollow – Violet Paper Wings

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … and Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1).

📀 Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1)

So many talented artists out there and so many incredible albums released this year. Much like the Songs Of 2020, it was tough to pick all of our favourites in just one list.

Believe it or not, more records could’ve been added. Originally, we were going to include only 20, but there were so many great albums dropped in the last twelve months, we had to up the ante.

Below, you’ll find the first half of our “Best Of 2020” albums list for your listening pleasure. Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing the second half. We can’t wait to share it with you, but until then, sink your teeth into all this amazing music.

40. Wolf Parade – Thin Mind

39. Girlhood – Self-Titled

38. No Joy – Motherhood

37. Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline

36. Braids – Shadow Offering

35. Slow Pulp – Moveys

34. Dizzy – The Sun And Her Scorch

33. Caribou – Suddenly

32. snarls – Burst

31. Mav Karlo – Strangers Like Us

30. TEENANGER – Good Time

29. Romshii – Headroom Window

28. Ellis – Born Again

27. Gulfer – Self-Titled

26. SAULT – UNTITLED (Black Is)

25. Riches – Fantasy Chapel

24. Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel

23. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

22. Mary – Die Before Death

21. Luka Kuplowsky – Stardust

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … Best Of 2020 – EPs … the Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2) is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!

📀 Best Of 2020 – EPs

Wherever you are, we hope you’re having an amazing holiday season. We also have some exciting news to share today; we’re starting the week off with our favourite EPs of 2020.

In case you missed it, several talented artists released a ton of incredible music in the last twelve months, and sometimes, the albums get all the credit. We wanted to make sure to recognize all of these amazing artists and their EP contributions this year.

That being said, check out our Top 15 EPs of 2020 and stay tuned for the Top Albums of the year starting tomorrow. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait to share more.

15. Twin Peaks – Side A

14. Jordana – Something To Say

13. Blue Hawaii – Under 1 House

12. Anzola – Caracas

11. Couch Prints – Tell U

10. Skullcrusher – Self-Titled

9. Bullion – We Had A Good Time

8. Tomberlin – Projections

7. Laurence-Anne – Accident

6. PHÈDRE – Eterna

5. B-17 – Back In The Barn

4. BLANKS – Beyond These Walls

3. The Ophelias – For Luck

2. Scratch – Something To Do

1. MOTHER TONGUES – Everything You Wanted

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – CoversBest Of 2020 – Songs … the Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1) is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!

🎧 DARKSIDE – “Liberty Bell”

It’s been some time since we’ve heard anything new from Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington, the masterminds behind New York-based electronic outfit DARKSIDE. The wait is over though, with a brand new single, Liberty Bell. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check it out in the embed, and stay tuned to the socials below for more going forward. Their first new album in 7 years, Sprial, drops this coming spring. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait.

💿 Cedric Noel – “Patterning”

Montreal songwriter and musician Cedric Noel has been making music for some time now. We just came across his latest offering, Patterning, and couldn’t be more stoked to share the album with you. It’s an epic, ambient musical journey you won’t soon forget; perfect for a rainy afternoon.

Check out the record in the embed and be sure to hit up our favourite album cut, the 14-minute long, Accept The Swirl. And, while you’re at it, click on the socials below for more going forward. This guy deserves your attention.

🎧 Best Of 2020 – Songs

Compiling a list of our favourite songs of 2020 was no easy task. After all, The iM (as we affectionately call it) returned to the scene in April after a long hiatus to pursue other musical avenues. We never forgot about the music and the importance of showing our support.

That said, we always knew we’d be back. After spending the year listening to all the incredible new musicians that came out and the veteran bands and artists who returned to the scene because they clearly had time again, we’re happy to say … it’s good to be back. It was never about the number of plays when curating this list, but, rather, the way each and every one of these songs made us feel.

The list is a mixture of many different genres and sounds that inspired us every single day. Without these artists’ contribution to music this year, things just wouldn’t have been the same in our eyes.

Below you’ll find a list of our top 50 songs of 2020 … please make sure you click the band/song name to show your support, and to learn more about these incredible acts. And, of course, the playlist at the bottom tells the whole story. Happy listening.

1. Zoon – Brokenhead

2. Dad Sports – Name & Place

3. Wild Pink – You Can Have It Back

4. Kenny Hoopla – Plastic Door

5. Jaguar Sun – Keep You Warm

6. Waxahatchee – Fire

7. Helena Deland – Lylz

8. Future Islands – Thrill

9. Oceanator – I Would Find You

10. Pottery – Texas Drums Pt. I & II

11. Elvis Depressedly – Jane, Don’t You Know Me?

12. TOPS – I Feel Alive

13. Hovvdy – Runner

14. Jeen – Anything You Want

15. Hypoluxo – Shock

16. Prince Innocence – Sadie & Maud

17. Suburban Living – Indigo Kids

18. Fleece – Upside Down

19. Fellow Hollow – Counting Deer

20. Phoebe Bridgers – Kyoto

21. Skyway Man – Did Ya Know Him?

22. Men I Trust – Lucky Sue

23. Arab Strap – The Turning Of Our Bones

24. Falcon Jane – Held High

25. Gulfer – Heat Wave

26. Porridge Radio – 7 Seconds

27. New River Beach – The Right Place

28. Bully – Hour And Hours

29. Blanks – A Tight Space

30. The Woolen Men – Outta Reach

31. Dog Day – Mind Reader

32. Freak Heat Waves – I’m Zapped

33. Sufjan Stevens – Video Game

34. Bullion – We Had A Good Time

35. HighSchool – Frosting

36. Yot Club – Go Away

37. The Beths – Out Of Sight

38. Eamon McGrath – Sparkle And Bleed

39. Gum Country – Tennis (I Feel Ok)

40. Radical Dads – Natural Space

41. SAULT – Wildfires

42. Marlon Chaplin – Empty Shells

43. Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters

44. Jade Hairpins – Dolly Dream

45. Riches – Lily

46. Damien Jurado – Birds Tricked Into Trees

47. New Fries – Ploce

48. Snarls – Walk In The Woods

49. The Crowleys – Making Friendly

50. Soccer Mommy – Bloodstream

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Covers and Best Of 2020 – EPs