Critics say Ontario born rapper Drew Howard has birthed the Toronto sound and from the opening notes of ‘Benny and Lil’ Zee’ you know they’re not wrong. What started as a one off collaboration with producer Birthday Boy, luckily turned into a full-length project leading to an explosive EP. Howard’s ‘Benny and Lil’ Zee’ has you singing along after two plays and transports me back to my teenage days of driving around with nothing to do but play some tunes. The 23 year old rapper is the master of wordplay, his lulling repetition combined with synthetic beats and harmonious R & B melodies has even the most uncoordinated among us bopping along! If there’s one thing you do this autumn listen to Benny and Lil’ Zee but if you want to be really kind to yourself listen to the full length EP and watch the party start.
Cymbals Eat Guitars burst onto the Indie Rock scene in New York in 2007, while it’s been 6 years since there last album the band hasn’t been dormant. The last few years have been spent steadily building their name by touring with the big names of Indie Rock, that said ‘Aerobed’ is the release we’ve all been waiting for! Sounds of Neutral Milk Hotel meet Courtney Love melt together in this beautiful, highly anticipated single. Joseph D’Agostino delivers feminine vocals in his underwhelming but emotion-ridden verses and the chorus bursts free, filled with teenage angst and genuine pain. It’s a sound Blink 182 would be proud to emulate on their slow tracks and one that is indulgently enjoyable. Get the tissues out and join Cymbals Eat Guitars on a journey of friendship, loss and recovery.