Tag: hip hop

The Matinee ’18 May 31st

The Matinee ’18 May 31st

The Matinee ’18 May 31st is loaded with songs that musically and thematically focus on better days ahead. With this being the last day of May, sunnier and hopefully happier moments await us. Nine songs once again occupy this mini-playlist.   Afrikan Boy Feat. aJan – “Ancestry” (London, England via Lagos, Nigeria & Berlin, Germany) RIYL: Young Fathers, K-OS (we […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition features artists from the US, Canada, and New Zealand. There’s quite a bit of variety with this six-pack of songs. We kick things off with a masterpiece from one of the great artists of our time. To hear the European version of The Matinee, click here.   Childish Gambino – “This Is […]

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SXSW 2018 Memories – mallrat

SXSW 2018 Memories – mallrat

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just three years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. These memories are from mallrat. The project of Grace Shaw and the self-proclaimed “Hannah Montana of […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 8th

The Matinee ’18 January 8th

The Matinee ’18 January 8th is playing a bit of catch up, as many great songs were released between our break. It’s time to get back into sharing some of our favorite indie tracks and discover some new favorites. Here’s some new music to kick off the second Monday of 2018. We have an eclectic mix today from artists representing […]

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Bousada – ‘Shake’ (EP review)

Bousada – ‘Shake’ (EP review)

Fancy a bit of hip-hop influenced electro gorgeousness? Meet Bousada, a producer and singer/songwriter who creates everything himself in a little room in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He gets out of the little room occasionally too, performing live with a loop machine, blurring the line between DJ and performer by playing, singing, and sequencing on the spot. Shake is Bousada’s […]

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The Matinee August 10th

The Matinee August 10th

Around the world we go and where we stop is… The Matinee August 10th edition, of course! Just yesterday, Ben was watching The War on Drugs perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and we were pondering who could be the next indie band or artist to play on one of the late-night talk shows. Our mini-playlist today, as such, reflects who we […]

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The Matinee August 1st

The Matinee August 1st

With Newport Folk Festival behind us, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things. The Matinee August 1st edition, as such, has the regular nine songs. Unfortunately, exhaustion has set in, so apologies to the artists and bands for the short blurbs. The music, however, is what matters most. Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: The Pains […]

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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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Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th once again goes global for some fine, new music delicacies. There are some familiar names on the list, and a handful of newcomers that blew us away. Hopefully, they will do the same for you and expanding your musical palette in the process.   DBFC – “Disco Coco” (Paris, France & Manchester, England) RIYL: Daft Punk, […]

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Saturday Sampler August 6th

Saturday Sampler August 6th

As usual, the Saturday Sampler August 6th edition features 10 new songs from the recent past. There is a lot of variety in today’s mini-playlists, featuring artists with origins in Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, England, Scotland, New Zealand, and, of course, the USA. Duchess Says – “I Repeat Myself” (Montreal, Canada) RIYL: The Runaways, Joy Division, Bugeye The Sampler begins […]

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Saturday Sampler July 30th

Saturday Sampler July 30th

As we head towards the end of the month, the Saturday Sampler July 30th edition has ten songs perfect for the summer. Sit back and relax (or dance – because it’s the weekend, so why not?), and take a bite out of this tasty musical menu featuring songs from Australia, Belgium, England, Greece, Norway, Sweden, and the US.   Anti […]

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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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Xenia Rubinos – “Black Terry Cat”

Xenia Rubinos – “Black Terry Cat”

In 2013, Xenia Rubinos released her fantastic debut record Magic Trix. It was a fun, weird album with music rooted in her Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage. Last Friday, Rubinos released her second album, Black Terry Cat, on ANTI Records, and it is a big shift for the songwriter. Magic Trix was a fun listen, it was chaotic, it was […]

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Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Canada’s music scene is bursting at the seams with great artists. The country is home to many of the industry’s biggest and brightest stars as well as its most innovative. Drake’s ear-popping hip hop; The Weeknd’s creative brilliance that blends R&B, pop, and electronic; and Arcade Fire’s symphonic, indie-rock escapades are just some of the examples. We haven’t even touched […]

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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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Antix – “Come Home”

Antix – “Come Home”

We don’t cover much hip hop on our site, but when we do it’s usually because the track is either sounds refreshingly different or sends a positive message as oppose to the, you know, usual subjects. London-based Antix is doing both. Combining multiple genres – soul, R&B, folk, classical, rock – with hip hop, he’s among a new generation of hip […]

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Young Fathers – “White Men Are Black Men Too”

Young Fathers – “White Men Are Black Men Too”

Last year, Edinburgh’s Young Fathers surprised people with their Mercury Prize victory, beating out the likes of FKA Twigs, Royal Blood, Anna Calvi, and Damon Albarn. It was surprising mostly because their masterful Dead went under the radar with so many critics within the print and online media and blogosphere. However, a few places, including ourselves, acknowledged the album as one of the […]

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Encore – Drink (Episode 2)

Encore – Drink (Episode 2)

Few musical topics will have such reckless abandon as drinking songs. Go to any Celtic-themed pub, and you’ll hear ’em. Go to a wedding, wake, or graduation celebration, and you’re going to hear songs about drinking, and the feelings of power and madness that come along with it. Good or bad, it is an oft-celebrated state in musical terms…so that’s why we chose Drink as a theme for our […]

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Chicago Loud 9 -“Punk Soul (I’m Wrong)”

Chicago Loud 9 -“Punk Soul (I’m Wrong)”

“Punk Soul (I’m Wrong)” is the new single from multi-genre collective Chicago Loud 9., who will release their latest EP cLOUD9 in the new future The single combines hip hop, jazz, funk and soul to create an upbeat, house-party friendly song. It has a late ’80s, east coast vibe (there’s even a tribute to Naughty by Nature) that will have […]

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Blakdenim release new EP ‘Vanguard(en)’

Blakdenim release new EP ‘Vanguard(en)’

Ottawa’s BlakDenim have released Vanguard(en), a great six-track EP featuring their great blend of hip-hop, funk, and rock music.  As Phil pointed out in the RBC Bluesfest Revue post for BlakDenim, they have some really sharp lyrics and a really awesome sound featuring a whole range of instruments including trumpets and tubas. The EP is available on iTunes, streaming on Spotify, […]

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