Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This week’s favorites come from CJSW in Calgary, AB and Spinnaker Radio in Jacksonville, FL.

Black Heel Marks on CJSW

Returning for a second week in a row on CJSW’s charts, this time at No. 22, is the debut full-length from Black Heel Marks. Feel Free is full of guitar-driven surf rock melodies set against driving electronic rhythms, punk rock shrieks, ghostly vocals, and spastic, frantic synths to create a whirling, intense and chaotic sound that hovers right on the brink of spinning out of control. It’s completely perfect for a late-night dance party.


Saint Pepsi on Spinnaker Radio

Showing up at a solid No. 25 on Spinnaker Radio this week is Hit Vibes from Saint Pepsi. A textbook example of the possibly dead/possibly-not-quite-dead internet-born vaporwave, Saint Pepsi’s latest full length is heavily layered and sample-based, drawing from warped pieces of schmaltz like disco and chintzy, velour-covered R&B. Hit Vibes seamlessly mixes R&B, soul, pop and a little Woody Allen to create smooth funk and feel-good, catchy grooves under the shiny gloss of programmable synths. While mostly fast-paced and upbeat, the record does have a few slow jams for you to catch your breath as you slow dance with Huggy Bear under the discoball.