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17.2.2014 Elaquent / eQ|Sona / Green Apples and Oranges


Canadian hip-hop sensation Elaquent returns with the Green Apples and Oranges EP - another vibrant exhibition of ahead-of-the-curve production and musicianship from one of the great young producers in the game. Following his excellent 2012 EP Parallel, the Guelph, Ontario-based artist says he sees this new collection as a diverse, challenging attempt at furthering his skills as a composer.";

Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/green-apples-and-oranges
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/album/green-apples-and-oranges/id772318879
Site: urbnet.com/eQ
17.2.2014 Kae Sun - Blackstar Rising [Official Music Video]



So this is what a mosaic sounds like… With a heralded stylistic hybrid of a debut album in his back pocket, Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter Kae Sun is set to shine with his sophomore effort, Afriyie. Like its predecessor, Kae's latest sonic collage combines elements of folk, soul, and reggae with his insightful and inspired poetry; however, if 2009's Lion On A Leash was his road map, Afriyie is his destination.

“I've settled into a sound and vocal delivery that feels very true to me,” says Kae of his latest release. The sound that many called “genre-bending” on Lion On A Leash was actually its artist searching for his true voice - and he came quite close to unearthing it. Afriyie took him the rest of the way there. “There's a real cohesive sound,” says Kae of the recording, “that is really representative of what I'm all about.”



itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/afriyie/id639444520
Bandcamp: http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/afriyie
Site: urbnet.com/kaesun
1.12.2013 Canadian Winter – The Snowball Effect


Bandcamp: http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/the-snowball-effect
itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/inevitable/id733658982
Site: urbnet.com/cw
1.12.2013 Dan-e-o - Inevitable


It's been a long time coming. But it was inevitable that it would happen. Featuring guest performances by Red Rat, Chip Fu, Rich Kidd, SepTo, Brotha J, Dwayne Morgan and more, Dan-e-o's long overdue third album "Inevitable" is being heralded as his best work to date. On this 14-track URBNET Records offering, Dan-e-o weaves vintage Golden-era-esque lyrical head bangers in and out with introspective soul songs to present a mature, witty and heartfelt hip-hop roller coaster ride of emotion.

Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/inevitable
itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/inevitable/id733658982
Site: urbnet.com/dan-e-o
1.12.2013 Dan-e-o - Immortal EP (FREE download)


"Immortal" is Dan-e-o's brand new 6-song EP which is available for FREE download from URBNET Records. Produced in its entirety by Charisma a.k.a. Skizzz and featuring guest performances by Nigerian up-and-comer Dice Ailes as well as Canadian lyrical legends, Moka Only, Big Kish and Maestro Fresh Wes, "Immortal" serves as the "appetizer" to Dan-e-o's full-length album "Inevitable" which is due out this November!



Download: http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/immortal
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/urbnet/sets/dan-e-o-immortal-ep
3.9.2013 Moka Only #DoctorDoMuch FREE download



VIDEO: Together youtu.be/7T1iMiINmdY
VIDEO: Good Morning Welcome youtu.be/J3NGyGO3nq0

Bandcamp (FREE DOWNLOAD): http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/doctor-do-much
Site: urbnet.com/mokaonly
24.6.2013 SWEATSHOP UNION - INFINITE



Canadian hip-hop heavyweights Sweatshop Union, one of the hardest working ensembles to ever emerge from British Columbia, are preparing for the May 28th release of Infinite, their most ambitious album to date.

“Infinite spans about a year's time of experiences and sounds from us, whereas other albums represented maybe a few months,” explains SSU rapper/producer, Mos Eisley. “It bridges the so-called gap between conscious music and fun party music. It deals with some deep esoteric themes and it also throws caution to the wind when it's time to kick back. Its strength lies in this dichotomy.”

Infinite follows 2011’s Bill Murray EP, which won the Western Canadian Music Award for Hip-Hop Album of the Year and raised their profile beyond their grassroots following. The new LP contains a range of vibes and sounds, combining old-school hip-hop sounds with futuristic, electro headbangers, not to mention some ballads and spoken word interludes. It accomplishes the tricky task of reflecting the outfit’s individual tastes, as they inform SSU’s collective vision.

The group is prolific and moves quickly but, as of this moment, Infinite currently stands as the most eclectic record in the Sweatshop Union catalogue.

“People are gonna feel many different ways about this record, and that’s the point: it forces the listener to recognize that Sweatshop Union can not be easily categorized or predicted,” Eisley says. “I hope sincerely that people can tell that we had a lot of fun putting together all this music, and that there are many more layers left to explore.”



itunes: itunes.apple.com/ca/album/infinite/id631016144
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/infinite
Site: urbnet.com/ssu
6.3.2013 PIGEON HOLE - Chimp Blood



In 2010, Pigeon Hole released their critically acclaimed debut LP, Age Like Astronauts. Using the MPC 2000, they pieced together a mix of samples, analogue synths, live instruments, and sharp lyricism - their debut outing spoke to listeners from the opening note to its final fade out. The audio translated to the stage, sending Pigeon Hole on a ruthless touring schedule, annihilating audiences across North America. Along with Sweatshop Union their energetic live show invaded the festival circuit, notably Shambhala, Rifflandia, as well as the world-renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

Chimpblood, the groups second offering, delivers a sound so powerful it’s impossible to ignore. Trading in their original blueprint for a heavier bass-driven electronic sound, Pigeon Hole attack with all new artillery. Chimpblood thrashes over a foundation of grimey synths, sampled and chopped over machine gun drum programming, 808s, and massive bass. An epic hybrid of music that will make you feel like you can levitate.



itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chimp-blood/id600212170
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/chimp-blood
Site: urbnet.com/ph
6.3.2013 A.M.Architect - Pattern Language


A.M. Architect will released their third studio record, Pattern Language, via Toronto's Urbnet Records. Lush, melodic guitar layers and electric piano are broken apart, rebuilt and spread over a rhythm section that fuses hip-hop and beat music. Daniel describes their process: “We’d record ideas really quickly--some piano, bass, guitar--and then immediately flip it into something new. Then we'd record more ideas on top of it and flip it again, often ending up with five or six different compositions from the same source material. Some of those ideas spin off to become new songs, so the process starts over.”

The album name is an extension of the concepts in Christopher Alexander's 1977 urban design book, "A Pattern Language." The book's hypertext xxxxxx encourages us to collaborate, and examines how our environments and ideas form networks and patterns. Watch for remix material available to the public soon.

itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/pattern-language/id595829296
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/pattern-language
Site: urbnet.com/AMA
6.3.2013 Ryan Stinson - Move On (Official Video / Short Film)



The new deluxe edition of FUTURA includes the original collaborations with Ghettosocks and members of Vancouver's Henry Hudson Elementary School Choir, but also features remixes and verses from D-Sisive, Open Mike Eagle, mikedecline and F. Virtue, Kay the Aquanaut, Virtual Flannel and 2012 Red Bull Thre3style Canada finalist Charly Hustle.


Bandcamp: http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/futura-deluxe-edition
Site: urbnet.com/rs
6.3.2013 Moka Only - The Tighten Up

URBNET (Digital/7"Vinyl): http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/airport-6

With a catalogue that is unmatched by many, Moka Only is often considered to be a pioneer and driving force behind Canadian West Coast hip hop, as well as an important component in popularizing the art of freestyling in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 13+ years since his debut, Moka Only has released more than 50 albums, both solo and collaborative. He records under a variety of aliases, with the most popular being Ron Contour, Flow Torch and The Durable Mammal. He has been a contributing member of numerous groups and collectives, including Perfect Strangers, Code Name: Scorpion, Cryptic Souls Crew, The Dominant Mammals, City Planners, Nowfolk and Swollen Members, along with many others. Amongst all of that, Moka has worked with underground hip hop heroes like J Dilla, Aceyalone, OH NO, MF Doom, Buck 65, K-Os, Sixtoo and more.





Bandcamp: http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/airport-6
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/airport-6/id551740607
Site: urbnet.com/mokaonly
 
17.2.2014 Animal Nation | Sly Business - Headphones, Drum Machines, Beats [OFFICIAL VIDEO]





The boys from Animal Nation and Sly Business team up to create one of the best visual hip-hop experiences of the year. Originally intended to be a melodramatic think piece set in rainy Vancouver and snowy Whistler, the video quickly became something else all together.With no rain in the forecast, and Whistler having -30 degree wind chills the crew decided to think on their feet and find locations that wouldn't result in wooden/frozen acting, and would change the feel of the video to incorporate a "fun" factor on the fly.

This video is shot in both double and half time, and then either slowed down or sped up in edit, adding different feels from shot to shot. Director, Christopher Lazar captured these moments with high-definition DSLR cameras and a spectacular set of Ziess Compact Prime Lenses. The quality of imagery that these lenses produce allowed them to capture every vivid detail from slow motion Champagne sabering, to skateboarding, to topless hotties with animal masks in the Bearfoot Bistro's wine cellar and vodka room.

itunes: itunes.apple.com/ca/album/dont-grow-up-to-be-like-us/id639476633
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/dont-grow-up-to-be-like-us
Site: urbnet.com/animalnation
17.2.2014 SWAMP THING - Firedogs - Elephant Man (feat. Ghettosocks) video
SWAMP THING - Firedogs - Elephant Man (feat. Ghettosocks) video


Their first album Creature Feature offered a glimpse into the warped world of Swamp Thing, but now the b-movie monsters drag themselves out of the depths for their hard-hitting sophomore release, Firedogs. Three well-established artists in their own right join forces to do what they do best: make dope hip hop and rock hype live shows, fine-tuned from years of work in the studio and countless performances.;



Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/firedogs
itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/firedogs/id735924599
Site: urbnet.com/swampthing

17.2.2014 The Nope ( Psy of the Oddities and Moka Only) Sinus EP free downloadThe Nope ( Psy of the Oddities and Moka Only) Sinus EP free download

Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/sinus-ep
Site: urbnet.com/thenope
5.1.2014 Moka Only #martianxmas


Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/martian-xmas-2013
itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/martian-xmas-2013/id778893660
Site: urbnet.com/mokaonly
1.12.2013 Moka Only #themutant (FREE download)


Moka Only releases the "Mutant" mixtape, the free download release is in advance of his forthcoming "Voice Of The Misfits" album due on URBNET in spring 2014.

Bandcamp (FREE DOWNLOAD): urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/mutant
Site: urbnet.com/mokaonly
1.12.2013 Friday AKA Ricky Dred – Born 2 Win


Friday has released “Home But Not Free” and the combo effort with Bunz “Instant Classic” full of new material and dropped formerly unreleased material on “The Connect Volume 6, 6.1 and 7”. Things are defiantly looking up again, Friday has tackled his past struggles with alcohol and detail it in his inspirational blog “The Sober Emcee” he is on the verge of releasing his first novel “15 Minutes” and always still being enthusiastic about music has recently released Bunz’s solo mixtape “Fountain of Youth” as well as “Home But Not Free part 2 and 3” In July 2013 he released “The Rick Resurrection” which was a free promotion LP. On November 22, 2013 Friday will be releasing his first official LP “Born 2 Win” through AWOL Records Inc and Urbnet Records. After overcoming adversity AWOL Records Inc. is still very much alive and no matter the obstacle AWOL is STILL the Team!;



Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/born-2-win
itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/born-2-win/id743922266
Site: urbnet.com/friday
11.9.2013 derek christoff x the arkeologists



In 2007, I walked into a basement that would change my art forever. I realize that sentence is super dramatic, and equally as rape-y, but it’s the only way I can describe it. It was dark. Small. Low ceilings. Filled with cigarette smoke. I sat down on the couch, while Norman Krates [The Arkeologists] prepped his MPC2000 for our first session.

I ate a submarine sandwich. He rolled a joint. I swallowed a Percocet. He chopped up a sample. And I began writing what would become Kneecaps. A song, along with Laundry Room, that would make critics and music listeners look past the court jester of an artist I once was. A song that would literally change my life.

In 2013, I returned to the same basement to conduct an interview with Norman for a special 5 year anniversary release of my debut record, The B.O.O.K. While listening to him reminisce, I began having flashbacks of those sessions. I felt like 2007 again. A few days later I went back to hang out. Hanging out would result in Norm playing me beats. Which would result in me writing The Reunion Tour. We sat and listened to that song for an hour straight. It was 2007 again. We decided to keep going till we hit ten songs. All raw. All songs recorded on a $200 8-track in one day. All first takes. Embrace the imperfections. No promotion. Keep it basement.
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/the-d-ark-tape
Site: urbnet.com/DC
24.6.2013 DL Incognito - SUPER
17.5.2013 DL INCOGNITO - Someday is Less Than a Second Away



Now with his fifth and latest release "Some Day is Less Than a Second Away" being issued this spring on URBNET, some are saying that DL Incognito is one of the best MCs Canada has ever produced. Ever humble, DL dismisses such talk with a shrug, but as he tells it, there is a solid base behind his inspirational artistic output.



itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/someday-is-less-than-second/id622434294
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/someday-is-less-than-a-second-away
Site: urbnet.com/dl
6.3.2013 Cherina and Davina - Giving In


Giving In, a brilliant mixture of introspective lyrics, beautiful harmonies and a powerful chorus delivered with a unique style that separates Cherina and Davina from the rest. The James Pew produced opus is 4 minutes of honesty and raw emotion; a snapshot of what the girls have been going through over the past couple of years. They are currently in the studio recording their debut album, expected for a fall|2013 release.


itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/giving-in-single/id603729336
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/giving-in
Site: urbnet.com/cherinadavina
6.3.2013 SATURNS EP



SATURNS is Toronto cousins Lukas Cheung (The Dharma Sun) and Bryan Sutherland (OPOPO) whose collective creativity emerged spontaneously over a weekend, days before moving out of a cat ridden house. Using two dysfunctional laptops and one broken synthesizer they sculpted beats late into the night and upon playback at sunrise, agreed to pursue the partnership -- both are allergic to cats.
Their melodic debut may disguise them as electro-pop but their lyrics spell a different story. The EP explores themes of dream travel and escapism in a fashion that sculpts a world entirely their own. The opening track DIAMONDE constructs a fantasy palace which lures those who lust after riches to their own demise. "Diamond doorsteps stay the same as the warriors decay, scriptures peeling off the walls, there's no echo in these halls". The Zen-like metaphors may leave some listeners scratching their heads, but the catchy melodies will balance out the experience. The duo performed many Toronto music nights since their summer debut, including the Wavelength Music Series, Two way Monologues, and Silent Shout parties. The hardworking duo have their eyes set on recording their full length over the next year. Tour dates will follow.

itunes: itunes.apple.com/album/saturns-ep/id602012129
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/saturns-ep
Site: urbnet.com/saturns
10.11.2012 D-Sisive - Don't Turn The Lights Out (feat. Neverending White Lights)



Run With The Creeps (TheD-LuxeEdition) features 6 new songs: an extended version of The Stranded, A cover of Dee Dee Ramone's Funky Man, as well as an unexpected/powerful collaboration with Neverending White Lights. Along with the four songs are 4 tape recorder demos recorded in 2008. Brian Wilson recorded minutes after the most important dish washing session of my life. The demos truly represent the beginning, fitting perfectly with Run With The Creeps' closing chapter.



Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/run-with-the-creeps-thed-luxeedition
itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/run-creeps-dluxe-edition/id516418792
Site: urbnet.com/dsisive
4.6.2012 Wordburglar - 3rdburglar (FULL ALBUM)




A strong contender for the most likely-to-be-quoted rapper at the water cooler, Wordburglar’s lyrically potent oeuvre runs the gamut from thoughtfully casual to ridiculously ludicrous. There’s just something about the way he puts words together that keeps people nodding their heads and smiling their mouths. With finely constructed whimsical lyrics, a sharp sense of humor and a dedication to true-school rap, ‘Burg has carved a niche for himself with audiences across Canada and beyond. Showcasing a wide variety of concepts and styles, the new record “3rdburglar” has something for everyone and everything for someone. If you’re a person who enjoys things, don’t sleep on Wordburglar.

Aside from tearing up 10 tracks on 2011's Backburner: Heatwave album, its been 2 years since Wordburglar last dropped a full-length solo album (2009's underground hit Burgie’s Bassement) and it’s with great pleasure that we’re preparing to unleash 3rdburglar, Wordburglar’s third full-length release of all-new material. Featuring 14 tracks of original lyrics, beats & cuts blended meticulously with ‘Burg’s patented style, every track is a stand-out. 3rdburglar also features production from Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils & long-time collaborators Beatmason, Timbuktu and Uncle Fes, with guest appearances from Canadian rap cohorts More or Les, Chokeules, Garthim-Master and Timbuktu as well as Los Angeles underground rap legend Riddlore (Chillin Villain Empire/Project Blowed). We’re looking forward to sharing.


YouTube: Rhyme O' Clock (feat. More Or Les)
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/ca/album/3rdburglar/id525799134
Bandcamp: urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/3rdburglar
Site: urbnet.com/wordburglar

 

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