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Wednesday, 5 March 2014
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A series of pushbacks have kept me wondering where the latest from Ottawa emcee/producer combo SawBuck and DJ So Nice has been all this time, but I no longer lose sleep at night over it thanks to a new single - titled "Merry Go Round". It's as if SawBuck has picked up right where he left off when I first took a listen to his PREMOnition Mixtape - a huge helping of wonderful wordplay and effortless delivery. Not to be lost in these bars is an impressive piece of instrumental work courtesy of DJ So Nice, (which can make you feel the warp in the record used for the song's sample from the get-go), as well as a smooth hook from New York's Julius Myth, who also offers up a well-executed verse of his own. I'm quite pleased to get reacquainted, and if this is anything to gauge the rest of their upcoming Us Versus Them project on, I anticipate something great. You can stream and download "Merry Go Round" after the jump.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
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One of the first few local connections to music in Ottawa I ever made was with City Fidelia, upon the release of his 2012 mixtape The Blindspot. Hard at work on a new project, the man has released a new single titled "Stress Free". [This time around/I ain't playin' around], he vehemently declares before the track launches into a hazy instrumental with a slick R&B hook (produced by Detroit's Salaam Status). Though I find the track is geared a bit more towards that end of the spectrum as opposed to straight hip-hop, it's sure to lock any listener into a nice, slow groove. You can take a listen to "Stress Free" in its entirety below the jump.
Monday, 3 March 2014
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Keeping tabs on everything that happens within Ottawa's music scene is tougher than it seems, and while some things may appear to slip under the radar, I try my best to not let them miss my ears. One effort that deserves to be commended months after release is a five-track EP from what I consider one of the city's most powerful live acts. Metronome Jones delivered Porch in August of 2013 - a rocking sophomore effort built upon the musical chemistry and boundless energy that has made them a recognizable name amongst rock acts in Ottawa. Incredibly demonstrative of such elements, vocalist/guitarist Matthew Yorke, bassist Ben Matte, and drummer Matt Holmgren undoubtedly put the 'power' in 'power trio'.
Thursday, 27 February 2014
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Mashups - everybody's heard at least a few of them. Some are brilliant, and some could be done without. One that is making the rounds on the internet recently is quite brilliant in what exactly it fuses together - resulting in something that deserves to be addressed by a word with a more positive connotation as opposed to 'mashup' (perhaps a 'duet'). Titled "Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side 1)", the album is a mash between various works from legendary hip-hop emcee formerly known as Mos Def and iconic R&B/Soul figure Marvin Gaye (the name being derived from Mos' new moniker Yasiin Bey and Marvin's surname). The man behind the recording is Amerigo Gazaway, a Nashville rapper and turntablist who is no stranger to the world of mashups given a quick look back in his Bandcamp history (give the "Fela Soul" and "Bizarre Tribe" collections a listen too). As I hope and pray for a new set of recordings from Yasiin Bey, this will certainly quench my thirst until then.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Maybach Music Group/Def Jam
The biggest boss is back with a life-affirming record that will surely go down this year as the world's greatest rap music recording. Rick Ross, somehow hailed as 2012's "Hottest MC in the Game" by MTV, is back with a full fledged recording of
Click below the jump for an in-depth track-by-track review which promises to deliver my most striking, intelligent thoughts on what Rick Ross and his crew have offered up to the world...
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Randy Bachman surely spoke the musical truth in the Canadian rock classic "Taking Care of Business" when penning (and eventually delivering) the lines [Chances are you'll go far/If you get in with the right bunch of fellows]. The phrase couldn't be more truthful for James Reid and Richard James, who have been playing music together for the better part of the last five years. Through a mix of projects varying in degrees of success, it seems the two have finally hit their stride with their latest musical project. Monsun (a name derived from the two days of the week dedicated to band practice), a rock project also featuring Sam Chilton (bass) and Brent Washburn (guitar, vocals), has debuted Strings, an EP recorded to analog tape which had a writing and recording process of one year.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
|L-R: Waka Flocka Flame, Lil B 'The BasedGod', Gucci Mane|
The usual suspects?
While you may have stopped tweeting about your 'public service announcement' decrying rappers you deem to be 'not nice' working over beats that are of a high calibre, I haven't forgotten about it. I take issue with what you wrote for a few reasons. At the piece's core, it is as if you are denouncing creative expression for the sake of genre elitism - an attitude that the hip-hop genre and culture certainly doesn't need more of.