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.”
CHECKMATE and CONCISE are a hip-hop/rap duo hailing from Vancouver, B.C. Established officially in 2004, the duo consists of long time collaborators, and solo artists. CHECKMATE is well known as one of the principle writers and performers in the Juno award winning hit single and video "Northern Touch"(Rascalz 2000), and his 2 full length titles "Welcome to the Game"(2001) and "Checkmate presents...Game Related"(2005). CONCISE is well known as one of the principle composers of the hit single "Fuel Injected"(Swollen Members 2003), and his Juno nominated solo full-length "FAME"(2005).
The duo has toured extensively throughout Canada and the western United States, with acts such as Raekwon, Kardinal Offishal, Ludacris, Ciara, Three 6 Mafia, Rascalz, Lloyd Banks, 2 Live Crew and De La Soul to name a few. They have also collaborated with a wealth of talented artists including Royce 5'9 (Shady Records), Daz n Kurupt (Snoop Dogg), Sticky Fingaz (ONYX), Devin the Dude (Rap-A-Lot), Choclair, Swollen Members, and Reign (Brassmunk).
Checkmate & Concise's new album "Love & War" is now available on Defenders Music. The new album contains special guest appearances by Royce Da 5'9, Evil Ebenezer PJ Jericho and production by Hazel.
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.”
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.
Finally, ILL TONE's long awaited, debut album, “Bringin' the Hope Back”, is set to drop on February 26th, 2013! The album will be released on URBNET Records and features some of Canada's best vocalists, including Jasmin Parkin of 'Mother Mother', and Kyprios. Also featured on the album is Skryptcha, a talented Australian MC from Australia's 'Obese Records'. The songs, which are mainly focused around Tone's struggles with drug addiction, showcase the MC's lyrical depth and song writing abilities over hard hitting beats with great live instrumentation. His DJ, DJ Optimus Prime, laces a handful of tracks with skillful scratches that allow this release to bridge the gap between old and new school, while the live instruments give a rock-like feel to some songs.
6.3.2013Ryan 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.
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.
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!;
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.
17.5.2013Animal Nation | Sly Business - Don't Grow Up To Be Like Us
"Animal Nation should be prescribed by physicians as an oratory cure-all for many of the ailments which plague the human condition, including, but not limited to, depression, heartache, ennui and the blahs. I defy anyone to listen and not feel happy."
-Kent Osborne, Adventure Time, SpongeBob Squarepants writer??
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.
“Normally I have a really long, detailed, philosophical explanation as to the meaning of my album and what I was trying to do. And I certainly do, but this time, I will try not to overcomplicate things.
Parallel lines refer to two lines that never intersect or touch...which is how i feel about this music shit lately. I'm certainly not the only musician doing the kind of music that I do, but I find a lot of pressure in all sorts of places to follow the same type of formula as other artists, many of which I'm fans of. However, I would rather stay in my own lane...i believe that the destination is ultimately the same. Kind of one of those ideas that is applicable in all fascades of life, ultimately, the purpose is to what makes sense and suits you, rather than altering yourself to fit in with everybody else, at the end of the day, we are all striving and moving in the same direction.
In terms of the music, I wanted to challenge myself more. very little sampling, spent a lot of time trying to work on the actual composition of everything so that my music feel more like songs, than just beats. I suppose it will ultimately be up to you to decide whether it worked, or if you like it or not. I just wanted to step a bit outside of my comfort zone and approach the body of music from a different standpoint, being at a different point in my life. Nevertheless, enjoy. Many thanks for all of the support."
10.11.2012HERE IT IS! The brand new short film from Perfeck Strangers, "Work To Do"!
Directed by Andre Rehal ("Ghetto"), shot by Xenzo and edited by XCON of Will X Movement ("Stay Me", "True To You") , the "Work To Do" music video is the fourth from the musical tag-team of Perfeck Strangers and their debut album on URBNET Records, "Series Premiere".
A parody of the movie "Office Space", "Work To Do" stars MeloTel President John Meloche as a Bill Lumbergh-esque version of himself. The short film's cast also includes the group's DJ Chef Brown, actress Khalilah Brooks and cameos from some of Toronto's most skillful, rising hip-hop stars SepTo, Scott Ramirez, Dice Ailes and Conwell (of L.I.U.).
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.
Toronto emcee Miles Jones just released his latest album, The Jones Act (Part III). Jones’ latest offering runs 12 tracks deep, blending together a mix of hip-hop, pop, and dance music. On The Jones Act (Part III), Jones is joined by Tona (“Raw”), Kae Sun (“Fresh”), D-Sisive and Ghettosocks (“Scorpio”), and Kayo and A-Jaxx (“Sweet Lies”). Stream and purchase The Jones Act (Part III) below.
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.