It seems that Ottawa's dynamic duo of G.Grand and Jeepz are up to something in the studio these days, having just premiered the first track from an upcoming project of theirs. "Step Ahead" sees G.Grand bring the rhymes from inside a Tae Kwon Do dojo - incredibly fitting for two artists who have some serious chops of their own, albeit musical (*ba-dum tiss*). The track was previously teased to the masses a little over a year ago, but is now ready to see an official release. Gritty, bass-heavy production work from Jeepz highlights this one, and ten points to whoever can decipher the song that was cut up to make it. With the visuals also being produced by Jeepz, the video is explained to represent "the controlled aggression, technical skills, and competitive spirit that embodies the hip-hop spirit." Watch the hard-hitting video in the player above. The unnamed project is slated for release in the spring of 2014.
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Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
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In this cold, government city that we call home, many will tell you that you have to dig a little bit to find Ottawa's collection of artists and musicians. For a few genres, you have to dig even further. The communities may be small, yet remain dedicated to furthering the reach of their craft both in the nation's capital and beyond. A scene that fits this description is that concerning Industrial music, in large part due to the work of a group by the name of the Ottawa Industrial League. Having entirely crowd funded a two day festival earlier this year, on top of weekly events ("Industrial Strength Tuesday" at Zaphod's, "SYNTHesis" at The Daily Grind, and "Death Disco" at Swizzle Bar & Grill) and campus radio shows dedicated to the genre, it goes without saying that this has been a huge year for the scene.
One such artist is looking to build on this momentum. Working under the moniker of Nova Spire, this trance music producer has given us the Atlantis EP - what he calls a compilation of his favourite compositions from this year. "The purpose for this EP is to be a tease and for personal reflection and interest," he writes in a bio. "Rather than vitiating the world with all my music at once, I'd like to use this as an introductory piece to highlight the more recent industrial soundscapes." What an introduction it is.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
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The Adding Machine are an Ottawa hip-hop crew who have been on my radar the past little bit. While I'm guilty of having not taken a listen earlier, I'll definitely be keeping an ear to the ground in a bigger capacity when it comes to them after hearing the latest solo effort from one of their members. Rapper E.ON has given us Echo In The Artisan, a seven track release highlighted by impeccable delivery and fantastic production.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Death Grips surprised the internet today by releasing what appears to be their next full-fledged release. Titled "Government Plates", the record so far seems to take their grinding, visceral style of electronics-based rap music to new heights. You can stream and download the entire album in the player below.
|Photo: Calum Slingerland|
Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Protest the Hero's Rody Walker before their tour kick-off show in Ottawa. Their latest record, Volition, is now available after months of work and the support of thousands of fans who crowd-funded the entire process through an IndieGoGo campaign. I spoke to Walker about the campaign, the recording process, lyric writing, alcoholic vocal preparation techniques, the Ontario pit bull legislation, and terrible music videos. You can read an entire transcript of our conversation below the jump, as well as listen to a few audio snippets from it.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
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I'm proud to say that one of the most intriguing records I've heard so far this year has come out of my own hometown. Pony Girl is an incredibly talented six-piece that already seems to know how to appeal to my wide palette of musical taste - all within the span of just over half an hour. While I'm largely still at a loss with myself for not having heard of them before this point, their debut record is really something quite special. Show Me Your Fears can be briefly be described as a heady art-rock trip populated by tight arrangements, pleasing soundscapes, and unique vocal harmonies. Out on Pop Drone records, it might just be the most beautiful record of its kind to come out of the city this year. Below are some quick thoughts on what I heard...