NEW MUSIC: August Rigo “Versions”

Ty Harper | Music | Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

New A.R.!

NEW MUSIC: PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Rich The Kidd & Ty Dolla $ign “Routine” (Prod. PARTYNEXTDOOR)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

New one from PND.

So weird to see `Rich’ and `Kidd’ in a post and it not refer to Richie tho.

NEW MUSIC: Illa J – Sunflower feat. a l l i e

rez | Music | Monday, October 5th, 2015

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Some Detroit to Toronto goodness courtesy of Illa J and a l l i e. Bom.

Purchase LP, CD, Digi or Vinyl Deluxe Pack –> illa-j.bandcamp.com/album/illa-j

From deep musical origins in Detroit, rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J has been slowly navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of 13, when the young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great J Dilla. After his brother’s passing in ‘06, he began teaching himself piano, bass and taking vocal lessons while finding himself touring the world and recording a slew of Dilla-related projects, notably being an active member of Slum Village until 2014. His first solo album, ’08s Yancey Boys and the Frank Nitt 2013 collaborative album Sunset BLVD were both released on seminal label Delicious Vinyl. Feeling the need for a change creatively as well as geographically, in 2012 John moved to the future music hotbed that is Montreal ultimately making the connection with Canadian producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical aka Potatohead People (whose acclaimed Bastard Jazz debut album Big Luxury in Spring 2015 featured Illa J on two hit singles). The success of their initial collaborations inspired the team to dive into the studio and embark on Illa J’s new self-titled solo album, and present an entirely fresh sound of his own.

The album Illa J, produced without any samples by Potatohead People alongside a few groundbreaking co-producers, showcases a more mature and at-ease Illa J who is equally comfortable on top of an electronic boogie-inspired beat (“Universe”) as he is getting grimey over a trunk rattling G-Funk joint (the Kaytranada co-produced “Strippers”). On tracks like the sparse, Rhodes driven “Cannonball” (co-produced by Montreal’s Noo Bap), and the early 90s Spiritual / Acid Jazz inspired “Sunflower”, Illa flexes his muscles through both song and rhyme. And of course being true to his roots, the classic Detroit boom-bap sound is ever present on joints like “French Kiss”, “Perfect Game” (quite possibly Rap’s only ode to bowling), and “Never Left”, a touching tribute to his brother and a call-out to abusers of Dilla’s legacy. Vancouver mainstay MC Moka Only contributes invaluably to the cohesive sound of the album as well, providing signature smoothed-out vocal choruses to tracks like “She Burned My Art”, “All Good Pt. 2” and “Who Got It” (co-produced by Mosaic). Dropping Fall 2015 on Bastard Jazz Recordings, Illa J is a brilliantly-produced, diverse, and long overdue solo effort from Yancey.

Previous: NEW MUSIC: BIRTHDAY BOY & A L L I E – I CAN’T WAIT

NEW MIXTAPE: The Heard – The Heard Vol. 1 (Compilation)

rez | Mixtape | Monday, October 5th, 2015

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Sometimes people say to me that there’s too much on the site to go through and they don’t know where to start when it comes to checking out some dope new artists from the city. I can understand that, even though I also think it’s no big deal to click on a few things to see what connects with you – and then go from there. But I digress…

Well, to make it even easier, a new group / person / collective / crew (?) called The Heard has compiled some joints and presented them in a compilation / mixtape format for easy listening. This is Volume 1 so I’m guessing there’s lots more to come…Shouts to all these artists man!

Previous: EVENT: THE HEARD PRESENTS “SAWUBONA” (BLACK CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPHER EXHIBIT) – THIS SUNDAY @ 842 COLLEGE ST.

NEW MUSIC: Kyle Wildfern “How II” (Prod. Martin Sole) + “truth/idk” (Prod. Ravaa)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Sunday, October 4th, 2015

@KyleWildefern

@martinsole

@raava_music

art by @OLIPRJCT

Previously: NEW MUSIC: KYLE WILDFERN FEAT. TROUBLE TROUBLE “SWITCHSWITCH” (PROD. ALASTAIR ALSTON)

NEW MUSIC: Chris Stylez – Night Shift

rez | Music | Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Been checkin’ for this dude since “High on Love” (still one of my favorite R&B joints to come out of the city – shouts to 2Rude and Quinn Mayback too). That one’s actually kinda hard to find these days but since then, Chris Stylez has definitely been doing his thing. The latest push kicks off with “Night Shift”. Get caught up on his SoundCloud too.

Check out this song on my “Night Shift” playlist at Spotify and Apple Music!
smarturl.it/night-shift

chrisstylez.com/
www.facebook.com/chrisstylez
twitter.com/IAmChrisStylez

Previous: NEW MUSIC: CHRIS STYLEZ “WHO IS….”

NEW VIDEO: Kavale “I Know” (Directed by Kostadin Kolev)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music,Video | Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Directed by Kostadin Kolev.

Visuals for Kavale’s latest.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: KAVALE – I KNOW

NEW VIDEO: Brendan Philip “Ghostface” (Much Office Sessions)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music,Video | Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Mr. Banks throws down his latest joint for an episode of Much’s “Office Sessions”. New EP drops shortly.

NEW MUSIC: Kyara – 4 (EP)

rez | Music | Friday, October 2nd, 2015

KyaraEP

Had a quick intro to this singer a couple years back on Jae Ari’s “Something New”. Now, take a break from the noise and take in her debut solo release, 4, featuring 5 lovely acoustic tracks.

Previous: NEW VIDEO: JAE ARI – SOMETHING NEW FEAT. KYARA (DIRECTED BY CHRIS LAXTON)

NEW VIDEO: Jayd Ink – Invitation Only (Directed by Ty Black)

rez | Video | Thursday, October 1st, 2015

First video off Jayd Ink‘s latest EP of the same name, Invitation Only. Take in the EP for gems like “Galaxy” too (below). Video coming for that one too…??? Hopefully:).

(Invitation Only) Directed by – Ty Black
From the EP – Invitation Only – https://soundcloud.com/j-yd/sets/invi…

Written & Performed by Jayd Ink
Produced by Deezy for Showboiz
Engineering & Vocal production by Stretch for Sideways8 Studios Toronto, ON

Jayd-Ink.com
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/inv…

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