"This new project finds Moka sticking to a formula that he has successfully followed for quite some time now. It's a formula that involves multi-syllabic rhyme patterns, dusty samples and (with 80+ albums under his belt) what seems to be a highly efficient workflow. Moka doesn't reinvent the wheel on this one but why would he when he's getting such incredible mileage? His Torcharoons will surely enjoy this one. Be sure to listen to stand-out tracks, I Wanna, For Me, and Always Happy."
Fast forward to 2014, Mr Brady is sharper than he has ever been. With his new album Timing is Everything, it's evident why he's been in the game and remained relevant all these years. Not only did he handle all the rhyme duties on every track, he also produced and mixed it all himself. The soulful hard hitting album features Blu, The Grouch, Exile and more. With his passion, drive and love for the music, it's safe to say, Mr Brady is here to stay!
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.”
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.
"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!
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.”
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.
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.
18.5.2014DEF3 - WILDLIF3 (12”LP/CD/Shirts available for pre-order)
Def 3 has spent the past 2.5 years sharpening up his skills on stage and in the studio touring extensively with Vancouver's Sweatshop Union throughout Canada and the U.S He is currently promoting his latest EP entitled "Amnesia". The EP features Moka Only, Josh Martinez, Tonye Aganabe and Ra Focus. His newest album with Saskatoon native super producer Factor is entitled “WILDLIF3” and is set to be released Summer 2014 on URBNET Records. Expect to hear a lot more from Def3 in the next few years as he is just getting started.
18.5.2014Elaquent / 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.";
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 theAquanaut, Virtual Flannel and 2012 Red Bull Thre3style Canada finalist Charly Hustle.
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.
17.2.2014SWAMP 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.;
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.
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24.6.2013DL Incognito - SUPER
17.5.2013DL 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.
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.
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.
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.