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It's July, which means we are on the search for our next summer jam and assume you are as well. Could it be in one of the albums featured in our monthly music preview? Considering the variety, there's a good chance.

Like loud guitars? Then you'll probably like the latest from Toronto underground favourites the Mark Inside, or even a new, more rock-influenced album from Dustin Bentall? Or maybe you like those guitars mixed with some synth? The debut from "experimental yacht rockers" Fur Trade are exactly what you need, in that case. If you prefer more twang, there's also Fugitives, who say their latest was inspired by astronauts (yes, really), while Chris Velan slows things down a bit on his heartbreaking fifth album. In hop-hop, MC/producer Die-Rek definitely gives Shad a run for his money, and almost as if she knew what you'd be looking for, singer-songwriter Louise Burns sheds her folksy roots in favour of a new wave-tinged sophomore album. Oh yeah, then there's R&B superstar Robin Thicke, who already has a song of summer with "Blurred Lines," and a new album coming out at the end of the month. We have the Canadian premiere of his Dr. Luke-produced dubstep-y song, "Give it 2 U," featuring Kendrick Lamar (until July 9). So really, what more could you want?

Just hit play and scroll through the gallery to read about the music, and if you like what you hear, be sure to check out their CBC Music artist pages for more, and to pick up their albums when they come out. Enjoy!

 

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July Music Preview: 8 Canadian albums you need to listen to this month

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flannel tom
#1 posted by
flannel tom
on Jul 02, 2013

So "we're" claiming Robin Thicke now? I also find it hilarious that last week he was the face of misogyny now you say we have to listen to his album.

I got no problems with Robin Thicke but

a) just because is dad used to be Canadian, doesn't make him Canadian and

b) make up your mind if you want to vilify him or sing his praises.

jess the red
#2 posted by
jess the red
on Jul 02, 2013

I also find it odd that I was just reading last week on here about his misogynistic lyrics and now his album is being recommended? 

jess the red
#3 posted by
jess the red
on Jul 02, 2013

Also, that Robin Thicke song is horrible (in my opinion)

Mike Miner
#4 posted by
Mike Miner
on Jul 02, 2013

Hi everybody, thanks for writing. We're happy to bring music to Canadian music fans and also discuss the broader implications. And, sure, we'll claim Robin. I still consider myself a Northern Ontarian even though I haven't lived there in 15 years. Thanks for the feedback.

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