Listen to this: New singles from Phoenix and Death from Above

By Nicholas Jennings

With spring in the air, there’s a natural inclination to become more active. Nothing like some new, energetic music to get the body moving. Two of the best songs this week are dance tracks from unlikely sources: rock bands from France and Canada. Get ready to shimmy!



Quite possibly the greatest French rock group ever, Phoenix is a four-piece outfit from Versailles that began as a garage-rock band before embracing more electronic sounds. Phoenix scored a breakthrough when its song “Too Young” was included on the soundtrack to the movie Lost in Translation, which was directed by frontman Thomas Mars’ future wife, Sophia Coppola. The band’s sixth album, Ti Amo, features songs with titles that sound like candies or coffee flavours, including “Fior Di Latte” and “Tuttifruitti,” a delicious, disco-flavoured track.

Phoenix took to their Twitter account to express the members’ excitement over their new album release.

Death From Above

“Freeze Me”

The Toronto duo of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler have dropped the 1979 from their name but have maintained their gritty, hard-hitting sound. While DFA’s new single features the band’s signature wallop, there’s also more synthesizer to the track and the overall effect is a highly energetic dance number. “It’s meant to be felt and stimulate you on an emotional level,” says singer-drummer Sebastien. “We tried to make something that excites and surprises.”

DFA issue a limited release flexi-disc of “Freeze Me” featuring its logo with the duo wearing elephant noses printed in the centre. The duo recently tweeted an elephant nose photo for Throw Back Thursday.

HELLO! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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