Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the new Chart Discovery weekly column, we’ll 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 came via CFUV in Victoria, BC, CHUO in Ottawa, ON, and WRFL in Lexington, KY.

River Tiber On CHUO And CFUV

Although CHUO had it on their playlist last week, River Tiber’s self-released Synapses flew under my radar until I saw it on CFUV’s chart this week. The sleepy, beats-based project of Toronto’s Tommy Paxton-Beesley, who records solo but plays live with a full band, is layered with tribal 808s and chilly vocals that flow like his Babylonian namesake. (And dude ends interviews like Nardwuar, so you know he’s down.)


M. Sage On WRFL

Charting at No. 13 on WRFL’s playlist is M. Sage’s aural soundscapes. Coming to the Kentucky station from once-named Best Place To Live Fort Collins, CO, Matthew Sage, who has recorded under several stage names—Wellington Downs and Kick Majestic among them—also runs cassette label Patient Sounds. As M. Sage, his recordings sound more like those of a dystopian sci-fi thriller set on a distant planet, which is perfect as January’s The Receivers Peaking has found a perfect home on Moon Glyph—No. 6 on Impose’s list of the best record labels of 2012.