Crystal Castles – “Knights”
A perfect marriage of shimmering synths in Ethan Kath’s signature style, a throbbing beat, and a certain amount of reserved melancholy make this perfect for a hoppin’ dance floor or a rainy bus ride.
System of a Down – “Mr. Jack”
Amid rumours that SOAD are returning in 2011, we should take time to appreciate this metal about a late-night highway confrontation with a police officer. The “FUCK YOU PIG!” line is worth listening to on its own, and the rest of the song is a high-water mark for the band.
Teen Daze – “Let’s Fall Asleep Together”
The dreamy new composition by local favourites and Civl Stagers pulls out an ace from their sleeve. That A stands for Animal Collective though, because this song sounds a lot like Merriweather Post Pavillion. That’s not a bad thing and neither is “Fall Asleep,” it’s a wonderfully catchy, laid-back ride.
Dizzy Gillespie – “Manteca”
A great cut from the chipmunk-cheeked trumpeter. Shout outs of the titular “Manteca!” and a rollicking rhythm section make for an energetic and, ultimately, memorable ride.