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Dupe Shop: Staff Picks – Volume 9

Harakiri – Alchemy Choir

Psychedelic math rock. Weird riffs and vocal harmonies soaked in reverb.


Fiebertraum – Tears in the Morning (VHS)

Dreary ambient vaporwave soundtrack on VHS, sounds like a relaxing nightmare.


Luge – Tall is just a Feeling

It’s difficult to head-bang to Luge if you’re a first time listener. Jazz punk for metal heads who secretly love pop.


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Dupe Shop: Staff Picks – Volume 8

Aalbers – F

A meditation on minimalist ambient grooves, originally created for a contemporary dance event.


Haze – Internet Explorer

Chinese vaporwave birthed from the ashes of dated early 90’s technology.


Mem Aleph – Mukqs

The house music playing in the club scene in your favourite Playstation 1 RPG game.


Letters of Acceptance – 3

Light and refined pop rock with psychedelic undertones. Opening theme for your weekend.


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Dupe Shop: Staff Picks – Volume 6

Omar Bongo – 2019

Somalian folk artist Omar Bongo’s follow up to last year’s staff favourite “Gor Gor” which was recorded inside the Istar restaurant in Etobicoke by Dave Ewenson. I somehow like this new release even better than the last. For fans of traditional finger picked oud tunes.


Memorex / Mort Garcon – 4 song split single

This collaboration between Memorex and Mort Garcon brings us energetic electro / cold-wave. Sounds like getting cyber-attacked and secretly enjoying it. Comes in a shiny package (literally).


Michael C. Duguay – Summer Flight Lasts Forever

A sweet collection of unreleased acoustic versions of songs by singer-songwriter Michael C. Duguay. These songs strum along at a leisurely pace and carry your mind to a simpler place.


Point No Point – Drift

Brought to us via German label Spati Palace, Point no Point’s “Drift” is an experimental combination of folk, drone , electronic and pop. It’s a somber collection of dreamy, hazy sounds from the mind of Jana Sotzko.


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Dupe Shop: Staff Picks – Volume 5

Labradoodle – Life is Better

Local weirdos take you on a fantastical voyage. Temperamental indie pop. Children’s music for adults.


Short Bloom – People Patterns

Local DJ, producer and performer Sachin Mohindra sculpts delicate electronic ambient music. There is a strong house music influence tying all these experimental and pop sounds together. Meticulous dance music for your soul.


Nico Paulo – Wave Call

Nico (originally from Portugal) has been living in Toronto and releasing elegant, dreamy folk pop that will take your breath away. Catchy and heartbreaking, huge recommendation.


valyri – home, for the first time

Experimental and intelligent sound arrangements. Blending harsh noise and ethereal lo-fi ambient. Highly unpredictable and engrossing.


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Dupe Shop: Staff Picks – Volume 3

HUH – 8

Extremely hectic, improvisational noise jazz all the way from Tokyo. Guaranteed to make you mess up the portions of whatever meal you’re cooking. So stressful!


Waxing – Through the Deep End

Debut from Toronto’s Waxing (lead by Cam Fraser). Minimal and clever indie / emo rock. Groovy and sweet – will make you never want to leave Sea World.


Nutrients – Nutrients

Toronto’s Nutrients create loungey, breathy pop rock. Extremely easy to listen to, awkwardly sentimental. Feels like practicing to ask your date out to prom in front of the mirror.


Dream Channel – For you, for us

Strange mysterious vaporwave tape arrives at our shores courtesy of Legendary Entertainment.


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Dupe Shop: Staff Picks – Volume 2

Gladys Lazer – Way Imperfect

The newest release from New York percussionist Gladys Lazer bounces back and forth between pummeling your eardrums with poly-rhythms and soothing your soul with calming ambient jazz. A varied sonic landscape of instrumental beat patterns.


Rogue Tenant – Compassion EP

Newest release from Toronto’s Rogue Tenant (lead by Patrick Grant). They teeter the line between alt-rock and art-rock, creating down-to-earth, mid-tempo rock anthems.


Pink Ranger – Floating Points

New lo-fi vaporwave courtesy Pink Ranger from Tampa. Very soft 80’s grooves – feels like window shopping with your crush but not buying anything other than a smoothie.


Brave Radar – It’s Honey’s World

Minimal, hazy pop songs tinged with psychedelic and no-wave sensibilities. Sounds like Broadcast’s more easygoing cousin from Montreal that doesn’t try nearly as hard but still gets really good grades.