Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] LUM – In Luv

No Comments 01 October 2014

by Mica McCurdy

LUM In Luv

LUM (or more familiarly know as Liam Sanagan of First Rate People fame) released this gem via Exclaim! this morning. Here he croons over a shimmering track that speaks to the doe eyed romantic in all of us. Listen closely for evocative lyrics, stay for the masterful sampling of Da Bra and Cherish’s single “In Love Wit Chu.”

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] Tetrix – Cool FM Pulse Beat

No Comments 30 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tetrx

Continuing on with our Weird Tuesday offerings here’s a hip-hop number from the experimental electronic group Tetrix. Their latest album ‘Tetrix 13′ will get you geared up for Halloween.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen/Download] Half-truth – Say It Again

No Comments 29 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Montreal’s Half-truth has release a 3-track pop song fest. Two of the tracks will be too MOR radio-friendly for most listeners (OK, that means me), but “Say It Again” at least veers in the direction of being interesting.

Canadian, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop, Remix

[Listen] Drake – Worst Behaviour (Saint Pepsi remix)

No Comments 27 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

drake91

Drake’s “Worst Behaviour” gets a playful, funky work-over courtesy of Saint Pepsi.

Canadian, R&B/Hiphop, Watch

[WATCH] DYNAMIC – FEEL MY PAIN

No Comments 26 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Great video of “Feel My Pain” by Ottawa’s Dynamic (aka Ya Favourite Lightskin).

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, R&B/Hiphop, Watch

[WATCH] CHESSCLUB – Half/DEAD

No Comments 26 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

An intriguing video to ChessClub’s “Half/Dead”. The song itself is partly hip-hop and partly indie folk, all set to a dreamy synth background.

Canadian, R&B/Hiphop, Soul, Watch

[WATCH] BUCK 65 – DANGER AND PLAY

No Comments 24 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

This new release by Buck 65 stands in stark contrast to the club number that we featured a couple of weeks ago (“Super Pretty Naughty”). With a motorik beat and synthesizers “Danger and Play” has a distinctly European sound. On this more introspective cut, Buck 65’s lyrical skills are on full display.

Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[Album Review] Kinnie Starr- From Far Away

No Comments 22 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
kinniestarr

Rating:

Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Label:Aporia Records

Kinnie Starr’s new album ‘From Far Away’ has an overall pleasing cohesiveness to it, but there are really three distinct styles in play here. Five of the ten tracks feature Starr’s brand of spoken word music (“hip hop aggro groove” according to some) which we’ve become familiar with on such albums as ‘Anything’. On the other hand, “Summer Day”, “From Far Away” and “I Don’t Love You” are examples of the breezy pop we heard on Starr’s last album ‘A Different Day’. Finally, there’s “Touch the Sky” and “It’ll Be Fine” which are refreshingly au courant with their electrofolk vibes. It’s not as if your ears pick up a jarring change in tone from one song to the next, so the three styles don’t exactly clash, but they do each require a different standard of appreciation.

Let’s take the spoken word tracks first. I resist using the term “rap” because that carries with it certain preconceptions that Starr, for the most part, manages to defy. “The First Time”, for example, has a rock/funk rhythm as opposed to more conventional hip hop. Furthermore, the narrative is mostly sung, and when Starr does use spoken word she does so in her own voice – she does not affect the sound of traditional urban rappers. When it comes to using her own voice (sometimes even in French), the same can be said, more or less, of the four other spoken word tracks. However, she does comes off sounding a little too much like MIA on “Save Our Waters”,  and Ja$e El Nio’s contribution is both trite and unnecessary.

The ‘A Different Day’ songs are charming enough with their twee She & Him stylings. And granted they have a subtle artistry that grows on you with repeated listen, but the bottom line is that they are too lightweight to do Starr’s obvious talent any credit. “Touch the Sky” and “It’ll Be Fine”, by way of contrast, showcase her considerable abilities as a modern songwriter, arranger and singer with their quirky beats and her idiosyncratic quavering vocals. They put Starr in a league with such current luminaries as St. Vincent.

Hip hop/rap has been around for well over 30 years now, so there is nothing really inherently new or startling about it. Starr is unquestionable very good at urban rhythms and spoke word stylings, but it is actually unfortunate that she has such a predilection for that genre because the balance of the music on ‘From Far Away’ stands as evidence that she is capable of something better – she could easily be an innovator, breathing fresh air into an increasingly stale musical landscape.

Canadian, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[LISTEN] D-SISIVE – BOZO NIGHTMARE

No Comments 20 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
d-sisive

To tide us over until the release of ‘The Great Mr. Nobody’ D-Sisive has released this cut that borrows heavily from Beck’s “Loser”.

Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[LISTEN] KEYS N KRATES – ARE WE FADED

1 Comment 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
keys-n-krates

K’n’K just played at Victoria’s Rifflandia festival last weekend, so I thought I’d throw out their latest single “Are We Faded”.

Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[LISTEN] TRANZMIT – GESALZEN

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tranzmit

Sampledelica: now there’s a word you don’t hear everyday. But, if the shoe fits…. Some experimental hip-hop from Toronto’s TRANZMIT. Should have shown up yesterday, if you know what I mean.

Canadian, Chillwave, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[LISTEN] MITCHMATIC – A NIGHT LOST

No Comments 16 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
mitchmatic

Mitchmatic is from Edmonton, but this isn’t that weird really. Kinda quirky maybe, but basically just some cool hip-hop.

Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, House, News/Tours, R&B/Hiphop

COUNTDOWN TO RIFFLANDIA! SIXTEEN “MUST SEE” ACTS: FIFTEENTH INSTALLMENT (Victoria, BC Sept. 11th – 14th)

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
Almost done. Fifteenth is:

ZEDS DEAD (Toronto)
zeds

DC and Hooks (aka Zeds Dead) will give you a party that will be off the hook. They combine electronic dance music with hip hop, pop, whatever they can get their hands on. And they get it done. Gotta be there.

Canadian, Jazz, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[LISTEN] THE EXTREMITIES – THE QUOTA

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
extremities

The Extremities (Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester) are joined by Ghettosocks and Brandon Dramatic (man, it must be crowded in that studio booth!) for the jazzy hip hop track “The Quota”.

Canadian, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop, Rap

[Watch] Buck 65- Super Pretty Naughty

No Comments 06 September 2014

Buck 65 parodies popstars in his latest club anthem-like tune “Super Pretty Naughty”. Man the crotch laser kills me.

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