With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to load up your playlists with a new soundtrack for the season ahead. FLARE, Canada’s #1 fashion magazine, recently debuted their first-ever Music Issue—and entertainment editor Briony Smith gave us a sneak peek into the 10 hottest new bands to download now.

Check out the July 2014 issue of FLARE on Next Issue to find more must-know musical acts, summer anthems and can’t-miss music festivals!

FLARE Top 10 Bands

1) Alvvays

Hailing from Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, these five impossibly cute hipsters—led by Molly Rankin, a scion of the Maritime singing dynasty The Rankin Family—make lo-fi jangle-pop with all the sweetness of a summer crush.

Must-listen track: “Archie, Marry Me”

2) The Strumbellas

We’re pleased to see that our favorite populous folk outfit, The Strumbellas, will be playing The Summer Meltdown Festival (August 10) in Darrington, WA this year. Their upbeat pop-y tunes make folk fun! (And they’re spectacular live.)

Must-listen track: “Sailing”

3) Say Lou Lou

Impossibly beautiful and stylish, Swedish/Australian twin duo Say Lou Lou are seriously talented and seriously chic. Their swoony synth-pop is all kinds of lush and lovely, as are their high-fashion music videos.

Must-listen track: “Better In The Dark”

4) Black Atlass

Just 20 years old, this handsome Montreal native has won hearts in the music and fashion worlds—and the FLARE office—with his streamlined style and of-the-moment baroque R&B soundscapes.

Must-listen track: “Paris”

5) Bernhoft

YouTube sensation Bernhoft parlayed his considerable charm and multi-instrumentalist virtuosity into spectacular singles and videos, like the sexy, ’70s-funk-esque “Come Around.” (The criminally undershared music video shows Bernhoft miraculously lip-synching the entire track from the bottom of a pool.)

Must-listen track: “Come Around”


6) How to Dress Well

How To Dress Well is another one of our summer crushes. Tom Krell’s plaintive falsetto brings to mind the best of The Weeknd and Frank Ocean and makes you want to grind up on someone immediately.

Must-listen track: “Face Again”

7) Electric Youth

This Toronto pair scored a big hit with College for “A Real Hero” off the beloved Drive soundtrack. After years of leaving us hanging for an honest-to-goodness album, their debut, Innerworld, is slated for release this fall.

Must-listen track: “Innocence”

8) Chromeo

Disco-pop duo Chromeo, Canada’s pre-eminent ambassadors of serious swag, is back with their latest dance floor-ready album, White Women, which already received props from the likes of SPINRolling Stone and Pitchfork.

Must-listen track: Jealous (I Ain’t With It)

9) St. Lucia

St. Lucia is one of our favorite rambunctious young bands cranking new life into the oversaturated retro synthpop scene. “Elevate” was one of our favorite songs this spring, and we don’t see it leaving regular rotation any time soon.

Must-listen track: “Elevate”

10) Hercules and Love Affair

DJ Andy Butler of disco-house outfit Hercules and Love Affair was kind enough to craft his perfect summer party playlist for our Music Issues. The band’s own music has a permanent place on our own party playlists; including tracks from the group’s excellent new album, The Feast of the Broken Heart.

Must-listen track: “Do You Feel The Same”

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