The Emptiness, as Alex puts it, is "the music itself" and "Alex Bent is the Emptiness." In other words, it's the creative void that he feels as a singer-songwriter based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Last week, his newest single, "Vanilla Blue," was released alongside its very own music video directed by Riley Deacon. The song itself was inspired by different interpretations of the words "Vanilla Blue," one of which struggles with "a sweet kind of sadness." The video begins with a brief intro before it is properly interrupted with guitar-driven, occasionally barking production where Alex's voice cuts through. Enticingly, everything holds up and complements each other rather nicely (seriously, like my text to Riley said: “this ... is really fucking good”). From the song itself to the video, "Vanilla Blue" is a bona fide hit — the type of thing I show to others to try and put them on to an artist. That being said, I've definitely become a fan. Keep watch as Alex Bent + The Emptiness have an upcoming album releasing later this year. You can download and stream "Vanilla Blue" here.
The young wünderkid, TEFRONDON, aka Ronye West, aka OG Ron B, finally did what no one else has done yet. He put two-and-two together and blended Drake's "Hotline Bling" with Justin Bieber's version. Although, it might be too late to push Drake's single to number one. Dropped on the heels of Bieber's Purpose release, TEFRONDON could help Canada's new man of the hour get his 18th, and last, song off the album ("All In It") onto the Hot 100. Here's to the duet of the year, enjoy!
Tomorrow, Vancouver's DJ Marvel (The Freshest/Live†Evil) will be performing at the Heights alongside The Gaff in celebration of Momentum's 15th anniversary. I'm going to call it an unofficial welcome back party of sorts, if I may. Plus, it seems like it's already shaping up to be a ting. Peep game and come thruuuuu!