Tag: rap

The Matinee August 28th

The Matinee August 28th

Today is a mix of six songs that will hopefully get our minds off the major flooding and destruction from Hurricane Harvey going on in Texas. Our hearts go out to those affected. For this Monday, we have a mix of heart pounding rock, genre crossing indie rock, and smooth electro/synth pop. We inadvertently have an all male cast today. […]

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Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Somasu breaks through stereotypical electro, offering undercurrents of soul that provide depth and maturity. Although his work could hit the dancefloor hard, it is also infinitely listenable, proving that – in the right hands – the genre is a solid vessel for melodic communication. His second album – a five-track EP, From The Water – glimpses […]

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The Matinee July 12th

The Matinee July 12th

We have an 8-pack of great new music on The Matinee July 12th edition that includes one unbelievable cover; an unpretentious and clever teenager who is redefining alt hip hop; a handful of rockers; and a couple of sultry numbers that will spice things up.   Aloric – “When Doves Cry” (Prince cover) (London, England) RIYL: Phoria, Mt. Wolf, The […]

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Tackling the Unexpected – An Interview with Antix

Tackling the Unexpected – An Interview with Antix

Antix, the young hip-hop artist from London, caught our attention a few weeks ago with his stellar “Come Home”. It wasn’t your typical hip-hop song, as it wasn’t overlaced with beats or scratching records nor spoke about late nights, clubs, money, or women. Instead, the track is based on pop arrangements using classical music instruments and raises awareness about mental […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

There’s something to be said for artists who take something that’s been done and turn it on its head. BlakDenim, a hip hop band out of Ottawa, is the perfect example of this. While maintaining the tight lyricism and sharp wordplay of many traditional rappers, BlakDenim ups the ante with a vast sound and an orchestra’s worth of instruments (including […]

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Mundo Musique: Debut EP by Rapper King Snxxp and Producer Real Ayler, OutKasted

Mundo Musique: Debut EP by Rapper King Snxxp and Producer Real Ayler, OutKasted

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview Chris Ayler, the young, Westland, Michigan teenager and emerging producer with a tremendous talent for sound, soundscapes, and melodies. It is an innate ability that few possess. After dabbling on his own and producing several songs together, including the trippy, mesmerizing “Praise”, the 17-year old Ayler – now referred to as […]

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UnChained Reviews: Classified live at Crazy Horse

UnChained Reviews: Classified live at Crazy Horse

Classified live at Crazy Horse in Kanata, Ontario on October 10, 2013. You can always tell veteran savvy. It is more than a person’s age or ability and it is something that can not be bought or learned. As such, you can always tell when a live performer has been through the grind, has played the empty and dingy bars […]

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