“Toronto legend k-os has been one of the most prominent voices in Canadian hip-hop for over a decade, and an advocacy for intelligent and critical discourse is a defining theme in his music and lyrics.”– Complex
“`Spaceship, ’ an uplifting, self-affirming track that has K-OS recalling a great many of the reasons that lead him to hip-hop in the first place.”–Okayplayer
Toronto legend k-os’ insightful approach to music making has proven he is an artist with boundless limits, and certainly not one that appeases to fluctuating mainstream trends, in which his 2005 Grammy Nomination can attest. It’s been 10 years since k-os’ transformative sophomore release, Joyful Rebellion, and the artist has spent the past decade trying to explore the movement of hip-hop into infinite new possibilities. Now, k-os is proud to reveal his new albumCan’t Fly Without Gravity out on August 28 via Dine Alone Records. In anticipation for the full release, we are now getting a preview with single“Spaceship” which premiered on Okayplayer.
“Spaceship” is a self-affirming track with spirited choruses and confessional verses that offer a glimpse of what youth was like for the hip-hop visionary and what lead him to music in the first place. The MC makes a firm pledge to truth and ideals and accepts the isolation that may come with it.
Can’t Fly Without Gravity captures all of the different sides that make up k-os’ musical DNA. It’s an affirmation that “the forces which pull you down are simply put there to inspire you to rise above them’ and promises to be a more stripped-down, holistic effort than its highly conceptual predecessor, Black on Blonde. However, the rock vs. rap dialectic at that album’s core still guides k-os on a more philosophical level. It’s not just a question of reconciling disparate musical styles, but of different workflow strategies. To be k-os in 2015 is to find the happy medium between hip-hop’s penchant for rapid-fire releases and perpetual stylistic mutation with a more measured approach and timeless aspirations of rock n roll artists—all while engineering his music for a post-EDM pop landscape that has not only changed listeners’ tastes, but their very physiology. Welcome to the great beyond.
August 8 – Squamish, BC – Squamish Valley Music Festival 2015
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September 5 – Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom Festival (Harbourfront Centre)
September 6 – Calgary, AB – X Fest
more tour dates to be announced soon
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