We've always taken direct submissions for P&P. It's one of the only ways to make sure we're giving artists a shot to be heard and not only considering the same music that every hired music publicist is emailing to hundreds of other outlets. But keeping up is not easy—we get thousands of emails a week, and most of them are not great. Last week we tried something new by letting artists share snippets on their Instagram Stories and tagging us so we could hear. We had low expectations, but the quality of music was better than any other round of submissions. This one song, the soaring "Ladybug" by Ottawa-based duo Garçons, was an immediate new favorite.

Garçons is Deelo Avery and Julian Strangelove, a pair of collaborators who met at a mutual friend's house that became a sort of hub for creatives in the area. The duo is influenced by classic artists like Nina Simone and James Brown, but inspired by the individuality of more modern acts like Tyler, The Creator and Erykah Badu. They're also equipped with a DIY mentality. They write, record, produce, mix, and master everything themselves, and direct all their own videos. "We are independent," they explain. "Very independent."

"It's hard to say what's next," they say. "You never know what direction things might take. We just try to follow our intuition and focus on writing the best music we can. We want it to be as raw, real and authentic as it can be. Being as human as possible is what we strive for. It’s the foundation of our personalities and the music we make together. We always want to come back to that feeling."—Jacob Moore

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