A sampler from the boutique record label Wolf/Sheep, which specializes in experimental electronica. ‘No. 3′ features glitch, techno, hip-hop and chillwave. All highly original and all a little bit ‘out there’.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
The new band Etiquette has released this video ahead of the album ‘Reminisce’ (sounds a lot like a repeat of the last post, doesn’t it?). The opening visuals of the singer draped in veils matches the wispy nature of the synth-washed, R&B flavoured ballad. As the song progresses into more of an indie art rock number, however, the video morphs into an intriguing animated sequence. This may be a band to keep your eye on.
To call ‘cAthedrAls’ hip-hop or grime or bassmusic or any other recognizable genre would be misleading because the trio of producer OKPK, singer Antonia and spoken-word artist MC Magicus Carpetus take these urban sounds and raise them to the heavens. The result is something new, something haunting with both delicate beauty and disturbing edge. In more clumsy hands, the pairing of Antonia’s ethereal, sweet singing with Carpetus’ worldly grit would result in an ungainly clash, but here there is harmony in the yin and the yang And the two get to play out their vocalizing over music of startling originality. OKPK creates dizzying landscapes of scratchy beats, art rock guitars, flowing rhythms and airy atmospherics. We hope this isn’t just a one-off, because cAthedrAls create a fascinating place that we want to spend more time in.
by Tiana Feng
Toronto hip-hop crew Swamp Thing consists of emcees Timbuktu (Toolshed, Teenburger, Backburner) and Chokeules (Toolshed, Backburner) and emcee/producer Savilion (Creature Box, Backburner). Their recent album Outer Limits has a late-night vibe, for that late night drive.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
“Change of the Guard” by Lord Diamonds features Canadian hip-hop veteran Moka Only, as well as frequent Lord Diamonds collaborator Michael Rushden and former Cadence Weapon turntablist DJ Weezl. The video has an Egyptian theme and a brief voice-over by Vincent Price (I’m sold right there).
by Mica McCurdy
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.”