Ruby Waters’ cathartic heartbreaker, and 3 more songs you need to hear this week

Here at CBC Music, we’re always on high alert for new songs by Canadian artists.

This week, we’re listening to new tracks from:

  • 11:11.
  • Ruby Waters.
  • SadBoi f.k.a Ebhoni.
  • Linebeck.

Scroll down to find out why you need to listen.

What new Canadian tunes are you currently obsessed with? Share them with us on Twitter @CBCMusic.

‘Thinkin Bout You,’ 11:11

Back with his first new music since 2021’s Wishlist EP, the always reliable 11:11 rewards our patience with “Thinkin Bout You,” a mid-tempo rumination on the extrasensory connection between soulmates. “Even when I’m in the club with my dawgs, just know that I’m thinking bout you,” he sings during the bouncy chorus, “Shopping with all your friends in the mall, I know that you thinking bout me.” A liberating beat sets a rich sonic scene, including tight vocal harmonies, synthesizer arpeggios, a shimmering rain stick and a falsetto line that acts like a Greek chorus. If this is the first song from an upcoming project, then 2023 is already looking up. — Robert Rowat

‘Heather,’ Ruby Waters

Ruby Waters’ voice is raspy and hypnotic, from-the-depths powerful when she lets it go and soft as velvet when she reins it in. We get the best of both Waters’ vocal worlds on “Heather,” a new single from the Juno-nominated artist that is pared down and vulnerable, with the live video version consisting simply of Waters, her guitar and a candlelit bathroom. “Baby, I’ve been tripping off laces/ sippin’ straight with no chases/ and I’m slipping on everything,” she sings off the top, heartache numbed with drugs one verse after another. “Heather” isn’t a pick-me-up song for those ready to move on, but it is cathartic for listeners who want to lean in and wallow one more time. — Holly Gordon

‘U dun kno,’ SadBoi f.k.a Ebhoni

Back in June, we mentioned how much we loved to hear Ebhoni leaning into her Carribean roots on the track “Whose Fault,” so it’s thrilling to hear her new music continuing in that vein. Five months (and a name change) later, and SadBoi has emerged with the eviscerating “U dun kno.” She snarls in patois over cold beats and dancehall drums, her confidence on 10 and her critiques of useless men on 100. In an email she told CBC Music that, “This song is for the baddies. Women who love themselves, respect themselves and would never compromise their integrity.” She added this anthem to her setlist while on tour with Jessie Reyez recently and night after night, the audience’s rabid response is how she knew she needed to release it officially. “U dun kno” gets under your skin immediately and by the last chorus you’ll be singing along, feeling like the boldest and baddest version of yourself. — Kelsey Adams

‘Waste my Time,’ Linebeck

Dating in the digital age promises speed and efficiency, but it can also feel like a colossal time suck. That instinct to protect yourself and perhaps be a little more reserved at first is what fuels Hamilton dream-pop band Linebeck’s latest single, “Waste my Time.” “Are you just temporary?/ Lost in my dreams,” vocalist Chrys Teo sings, filling each word with equal amounts of hope and dread. Its chorus, which kicks off with a nonchalant “hey, hey” is almost reminiscent of Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me,” a band that Linebeck also sonically recalls through its retro, fuzzed-out guitars and catchy pop hooks. With only a handful of singles out, we are filled with nothing but excitement to see what else Linebeck has up its sleeves. — Melody Lau

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