AL­LIE & THE KOUNT

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Eu­pho­ria

It’s been a fruit­ful year for Toronto’s al­lie; her 2017 project Night­shade was well-re­ceived and landed on the 2018 Po­laris Mu­sic Prize long list. Her sen­sual, thought­ful, elec­tron­i­cally fu­elled R&B is a win­ning ap­proach, and the four-track Eu­pho­ria EP builds on this foun­da­tion, this time with pro­ducer-col­lab­o­ra­tor the Kount to de­liver a clas­sic soul-in­spired out­ing that bal­ances live sounds — thanks to help from Le­land of BadBad Not Good and Han­nah of Luna L — with the es­tab­lished elec­tro aes­thetic. “Camino” goes all in on chill mode as it pon­ders the many emo­tional “shades of blue,” while “Oowee” shifts gears and moods on a “back the eff up if you try­ing to get in my way” men­tal­ity. “Noth­ing Else” weaves in a jaunty fash­ion, keys punc­tu­at­ing its mes­sage of ro­man­tic com­pat­i­bil­ity and “Back to Her” com­fort­ably leans on its dreamy R&B hook as it cruises to the fin­ish line. (In­de­pen­dent)

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