What’s Going On: Izzy-S, Machine Gun Kelly, Johnny Orlando, Bayboards, Louis Dunford

Your favourite weekly new music roundup is back and we’ve got the latest from Machine Gun Kelly, Johnny Orlando, Bayboards, and Louis Dunford. Plus, more from rising Montreal rapper Izzy-S. It’s a jam-packed edition of What’s Going On. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.

Izzy-S – Canadian rap sensation Izzy-S has had a heck of a year. The Montreal rapper performed at the inaugural Legacy Awards, a celebration of Black Canadian talent that aired across the country on CBC. His previous singles “Jacuzzi”, “Mon Canon”, and “Semelles Rouges” all received tremendous buzz. His new track “Allo c’est qui?” (which translates to “Hello, who is this?”) is sure to keep that momentum going. On “Allo c’est qui?”, Izzy-S gets into his life story and the struggles that he’s had to face in his life. But he also keeps it fun, thanks to lyrics about his recent success and the track’s instantly memorable hook. The Canadian-Haitian rapper-actor is only going to keep getting bigger from here.

Listen to Izzy-S’ new single “Allo c’est qui?” below.

Machine Gun Kelly – The ever-polarizing Machine Gun Kelly is out now with “Taurus” featuring Naomi Wild, the titular track from MGK’s latest motion picture. The rapper-turned-rockstar takes the lead in “Taurus”, playing a troubled musician searching for inspiration. While that might not sound like a huge stretch for MGK, the film has been getting decent buzz on the festival circuit. If the film’s titular song is anything to go by, the soundtrack is going to be just as buzzworthy. The moody slow-burner has more of a hip-hop feel to it than a lot of Machine Gun Kelly’s more recent output. Juxtaposing Naomi Wild’s delicate vocals with MGK aggressively baring his soul makes for a compelling listen.

Listen to Machine Gun Kelly’s new single “Taurus” ft. Naomi Wild below.

Johnny Orlando – One of Canada’s premiere pop superstars, Johnny Orlando dropped a new music video for his song “if he wanted to he would.” The visual came fresh off the heels of Orlando’s fourth consecutive win as Best Canadian Artist at the MTV EMAs. “if he wanted to he would” was a standout track on the recent deluxe edition of the Canadian teen-pop sensation’s debut album all the things that could go wrong. With its cheeky lyrics and rock tinge, the music video definitely needed a playful feel and that’s exactly what director Kyla Mah delivered. Currently out as the support act on Ali Gatie’s Who Hurt You Tour, the future is looking bright for Johnny Orlando.

Check out Johnny Orlando’s “if he wanted to he would” music video below.

Bayboards – Keep your eyes on Manchester band Bayboards. The indie trio just released their new single “Mother Nature.” For such a new young band, they’ve got a sound that’s incredibly vital. The new track has one foot in British indie rock of the past with its big anthemic hooks and driving instrumentation and yet still sounds very forward-leaning and fresh. What’s “Mother Nature” all about? Bayboards frontman Ben Coley says: “’Mother Nature’ comes from a place of fear, I remember one day looking at my phone and just seeing headline after headline about how the planet is falling apart; it scared me. We are not telling people what to do, we have no right to do that. We are just pointing out the obvious and saying it scares us. I guess as a way of therapy or like venting or something.” If you want more Bayboards in your life, their debut EP Modern Age Disaster is due out on March 24 via Scruff of the Neck, and we’ll definitely keep you posted on that.

Listen to Bayboards’ new single “Mother Nature” below.

Louis Dunford – Singer-songwriter Louis Dunford is out now with his new single “The Boy Who Could Fly.” The talented North Londoner has won the hearts of listeners around the world with his penchant for writing cathartic lyrics and that’s definitely present in his latest release. “The Boy Who Could Fly” is raw, vulnerable, and honest about what it’s like to struggle with mental health, which makes its release during Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month especially timely. Speaking on what inspired the powerful tune, Louis Dunford says: “I’m not gonna pretend that this song is an easy song to talk about. I wrote it about a time when I was in a dark place and was struggling with my mental health a few months back. Then one day I woke up to the news that a lad from my local area had taken his own life. I’d never even met him but it hit me all at once and I spiraled.”

Listen to Louis Dunford’s new single “The Boy Who Could Fly” below.

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