MBE June 27: SHEBAD, French-Belgian synthpop, love for B-sides

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We wake up with SHEBAD, a new project celebrating sound and life on the grounds of Guelph, Ontario, a place built on Indigenous land. “Terra,” released earlier this year, will be featured on the group’s debut EP out this summer. 

Antena, the underrated bossa nova-cum-electronic dream pop group formed in France in the early '80s, take us to a sweet escape on “Seaside Weekend”. Helping to further uplift the soul on a Monday with woozy synths and warm harmonies is James Alexander Bright’s “Float,”  which we just can’t get enough of. His full EP drops later this week.

Plus, we hear Van Morrison’s “Gloria”, rebased as the B-side of “Baby, Please Don’t Go” in 1964 and later covered by The Doors, Patti Smith, and David Bowie.  And lastly, we celebrate current R&B songstress H.E.R on her birthday with chill-invoking 2016 release “Focus.”





Anna Chang