A noteworthy new talent I have seen here at M For Montreal this week is Toronto-based Ain't No Love. They are the vocal, DJ and rap teaming of Liam Clarke, Roly Broere, Elias McBean and Saidah Bowen who crank out what is best described as renegade pop. It's an unapologetic blend of pop, hip hop and dubstep that is hard to fit into one particular mold but has a solid pop aesthetic. The group recently put out an EP with songs to further define their genre-meshing sound.
Check out "Crucified," the downtempo track on the EP that neatly spotlights Saidah's soulful vocals and the group's production savvy. One of the first things that came to mind when I heard "Crucified" was that this is a track that the Sugababes could have totally recorded to up their game a little. It's contemporary pop ruled by forward production stylings. People like Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki agree, and recently invited Ain't No Love to open shows for them in Canada. You can check out Ain't No Love's entire EP here. Make sure to also listen to the grinding "Crash & Burn" and single "Step Hard."