Review – Dine Alone Summer Sampler

Album: Summer Sampler
Release Date: Available Now
Genre: Various

At Canadian Beats we love nothing more than promoting new Canadian music whether its from up and coming artists or established acts, so you can imagine our delight when this Sampler dropped through the mailbox! 26 Tracks from Indie darling record label DINE ALONE RECORDS and on top of that it’s free!

As Summer hits full swing (well sort of), planning the road trip soundtrack just got sorted! Released annually, it’s Dine Alone’s way of celebrating another year of milestones for the label.

This year’s offering features singles from the label’s quite impressive roster including City and Colour, The New PornographersThe SadiesJames Vincent McMorrowLand of TalkThe Flatliners, INVSN, and The Dirty Nil. Also featured are the new additions to their expanding roster, including SeawayNew Swears, and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs. See below for a full tracklisting.

On top of that, the label is offering anyone who downloads the 2017 Summer Sampler to be entered to win an ultra-summery prize pack featuring Monster Audio wireless headphones, assorted Shook Co merch, a pair of Boathouse pool floaties, and a vinyl pack from Dine Alone Records.

Full Track Listing:
01. Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – Talk 2 Her
02. Matthew Logan Vasquez – Same
03. Dave Catching – Bought and Sold
04. New Swears – Dance With The Devil
05. Land of Talk – This Time
06. Single Mothers – Leash
07. Seaway – Apartment
08. Julie & The Wrong Guys – Farther From You
09. Dead Heavens – Adderall Highway
10. Amber Run – No Answers
11. INVSN – This Constant War
12. City and Colour – Rain
13. Spencer Burton – Unmistakable Love
14. SUSTO – Jah Werx
15. The Sadies – Another Season Again
16. Brent Cowles – Lift Me Up (Leave Me Here)
17. The Flatliners – Indoors
18. Luke Sital-Singh – Hunger
19. James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
20. Sleepy Sun – Seaquest
21. CHIMNEY – Walk Don’t Run
22. BROS – Watch Who You’re Talking To
23. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
24. Dune Rats – 6 Pack
25. The Dirty Nil – Fuckin’ Up Young
26. Gone Is Gone – Sentient

The Sampler is intended to introduce Dine Alone’s impressive stable to new listeners, and it’s a testament to their musical pedigree that the 26 tracks hold together in a beautiful coherent way considering the range of genres covers everything from Blues/Soul/Electro/Punk/Surf all with an indie twinge.

There is way too much to digest in a first sitting, but at the time of writing, Canadian Beats is thrilled to discover Chimney, and the track ‘Walk Down Run’. Melodic, and drenched in guitar laden riff reverb. Quite magnificent. We also love ‘Dance with the Devil’ by The Swears and ‘This Time’ by Land of Talk that veers heavily into Alvvays/Cranberries territory. It has certainly planted the seed to delve and learn more.

‘Jah Werx’ by Susto captures the 2017 Summer vibes perfectly, and upbeat raucous tracks by The Sadies, The Dirty Nil and established artists like BROS and City & Colour add some great pop/mellower sensibilities.

Our favorite song on the whole album, and the one that has been played on repeat since the album dropped is The New Pornographers, ‘White Out Conditions’ the title track of their new album of the same name. We’re a sucker for a male/female lead and with its driving melodic guitar-bed atop an eighties synth backing, its an anthem in the making!

Simply put….download the album for free and discover your new favorite band.


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