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This piece is part of the Greylists series: communities sharing the music that brings them together.


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When Canada issued its first stay-at-home order last April, Kandle Osborne was already in artistic lockdown. One month into recording her third full-length album, Stick Around and Find Out, she and her production team operated like a pod, spending 15 hours a day at HippoSonic Recording Studio in Vancouver. As the gravity of the Coronavirus became clearer, they decided to push forward and finish the record in isolation together, which meant all but moving their mattresses into the studio.

“Making an album is a confined, quarantine-like experience, for sure,” Kandle told Vice. “Music demands obsession and absolute dedication; your focus and attention are entirely captivated by the music and the outside world barely exists except your breakfast and daily commute.”

Debuted last July, Stick Around and Find Out is Kandle’s first release as an independent artist. After signing to Sleepless Records in 2017, she cut ties with the label to regain control over her music—a process she’s described as “my battle for freedom.” Kandle is now at work on a fourth record, slated for release early next year.

Kandle’s Greylist features longtime favorites, new obsessions, and the first track off her forthcoming album.

1. “You Work for Me,” Laura Mvula

2. “Would You?,” Richard Swift

3. “Tezeta (Nostalgia),” Mulatu Astatke

4. “Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun),” Del Shannon

5. “I Know a Jeweller,” Marlon Williams

6. “You’ve Got Nothing to Lose,” Michael Kiwanuka

7. “Lock and Load” Kandle

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