Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, Jazz Cartier gives a tribute to Weezy, classic Canadiana gets reimagined, and Peterborough-based producer and singer Renders delivers her self-titled EP.
Jazz Cartier, "Lil Wayne"
In his new song "Lil Wayne," produced by longtime collaborator Lantz and premiered on Sunday's OVO Sound Radio, Cuzzi lets everybody know who he learned from. And like "Bloody Mary," the tribute, poured out over chilly, John Carpenter-trap, summoned up its namesake himself. Hell of a co-sign for a Toronto rapper. Worked out well for the last one.
my new favorite song Lil Wayne by Jazz Cartier prod. By Lantz!!! I f'n luh dat shyt! Preshiate it!! Funny as fk but dope!
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) July 3, 2016
• WOW THANK YOU! https://t.co/ZsQBjfaZcd
— Jacuzzi (@JazzCartier) July 3, 2016
Quick Before It Melts, DOMINIONATED the THIRD
For the third Canada Day in a row, Canadian music website Quick Before It Melts has released a new installment in its series of "classic Canadian songs covered by contemporary Canadian artists." DOMINIONATED the THIRD is available for free download for 149 days — from June 30 to November 26, 2016 — a day for every year since Confederation.
Its 19-song, canuck-on-canuck tracklist includes collisions like Toronto new wavers Century Palm deliciously nerding up The Grapes of Wrath's autumnal dirge "All the Things I Wasn't," Calgary R&B singer and producer Bobby Uzöma's boiling The Weeknd's "High For This" into a sweet bubbling syrup, and the collection's heavyweight banger, Rae Spoon doing "Call Me Maybe."
Quick Before It Melt's DOMINIONATED the THIRD is available here for free download from June 30 to November 26, 2016.
Peterborough-based electro-pop producer RENDERS' self-titled EP explores space, both outward and inward. At times, it's introspective and ambient, like on "The Garden," while other moments aim to take back the night with laser-focused disco verve."I write about the fluid and complex relationships we face," she told Exclaim! "Relationships tied to personal growth, inner struggles, and the multifaceted world of human relations." Sometimes we dance with others. More often, we dance with ourselves.