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Norman Wong
As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person

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Diamond Rings On Synth-Pop, Mariah Carey, and Depeche Mode

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Norman Wong
As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every Wednesday we ask an artist to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.

At just 24, Toronto based singer-songwriter John O'Regan has completely switched gears from D'Urbervilles' indie rock frontman to the full-on, gender bending, electro-pop powerhouse known as Diamond Rings. His 2010 debut release Special Affections spawned hits like the stripped-down electro-pop of "All Yr Songs" and the guitar driven jam "Something Else" but his upcoming second release, Free Dimensional, is far more dense and expressive, incorporating '80s synth-pop and '90s house within a lyrical framework that showcases "real human emotion and honest vulnerability."

Looking like the baby of Vanilla Ice and Betty Davis no doubt helped attract producer Damian Taylor (Björk, Austra, Robyn, The Prodigy) to the new effort that rockets from the start with lead single "I'm Just Me," a powerful, self-affirming swirl of sweeping beats and strong emotional resonance that hints at Dimensional's expansive feel.

Get your own feel for Diamond Rings when he and his band play Barboza this Friday (8/17) at 7 p.m.

"Lost In Time," Azari & III: My favorite Toronto group is great because they don't sound like they're from Toronto!

"When I See You Again (Duke Dumont Remix)," Canyons: Good vibes are all over this track.

"Enjoy The Silence," Depeche Mode: Classic.

"My Love Is Real," Divine Fits: Really excited to see what else Britt and Dan have up their sleeves with this new record.

"Infinity," Infinity Ink: I want this song to play on the PA when my band takes the stage on our fall tour.

"Your Love," Jamie Principle: House music doesn't get any better. The original.

"Emotions," Mariah Carey: I can't believe Mariah was only 21 when she recorded these vocals.

"Theory Of Relativity," Stars: Really excited to be touring with this band throughout the fall!

"Tapes N Money," Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs: Really bummed that I'll be missing this guy when I'm touring throughout the fall!

"Saturday Night (Secret Sunday Remix)," Whigfield: This song makes the dancefloor go absolutely crazy because everyone knows they secretly love it.

 
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