In a lot of ways, it feels like we’ve been stalled since the quarantine began. Cases are surging, Canada’s vaccine rollout was anti-climatic, and the lockdown feels like it’s never going to end. But regardless of how the pandemic continues to pan out, it feels like we’re taking steps towards a new normal. This could very well just be thanks to the change in seasons, but in spite of the circumstances, things still feel like they’re in bloom. And with some of the country’s top acts gearing up to return to the scene, the newness will surely be great for morale—do you hear that, Rihanna? This month, both Majid Jordan and Ruth B. shared glimpses of their first full-lengths since 2017 and at the very least, it’s giving us something to look forward to. 

Read on to learn more about these tracks and get locked into some other buzzy new releases to add to your playlist.