Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Monday, December 17th, 2012
Day 5/12 – Talk That Talk
Let’s get into something original. Dedicated to all of the senseless violence out there…in music and life.
Featuring my dude C-det.
Produced by Hagler Tyrant.
Stream via Soundcloud HERE
Download the DJ Pack (including clean version) HERE or at SepTo.ca
Get caught up like I just did via the specs below!
“Greene’s anticipation-fuelled, melancholic garage production is the perfect foil to ANGO’s soulful R&B vocal” — Dummy Mag
Canadian singer / songwriter ANGO delivers the visuals to “True Blue”, one of the standout tracks from his full-length album Serpentine released last summer via ango.ca and LuckyMe.
ANGO’s soulful vocals and earnest lyrics glide over an instrumental masterpiece layed by longtime collaborator Jacques Greene – the two having also teamed up on “Flatline” from Greene’s Concealer EP and “Perfume” featured on the Vase compilation EP earlier this year. On “True Blue”, ANGO’s ethereal voice and confessional tone strike a delicate balance between melancholy and hope, anguish and aspiration. Greene’s layered arrangements build a climactic ascent, providing a soundscape that evokes soulful R&B, garage and UK Bass all at once.
In the video, various shades of blue appear in a dreamlike environment where ANGO confronts the object of his affection, and ultimately leaves the viewer pondering about the ambiguous nature of love and relationships.
Closing out a prolific year that began with the release of his debut Another City Now vinyl EP with LuckyMe and his heralded cover of Sade‘s “No Ordinary Love” delivered as a free download on Valentine’s Day, ANGO teamed up with Lunice and Prison Garde this summer for the Avant Gang EP released with Red Bull Music Academy. He later contributed a momentus guest appearance on Zulu Guru – Jesse Boykins III and Melo-X‘s full length release on Ninja Tune this fall. His coup de force came with the release of Serpentine, a full length conceptual album that featured production from Jacques Greene, Kuedo, and Numan among others- unleashing a bigger and bolder creative output from ANGO and cemeting his role as a pioneer of progressive R&B. The lead single “Paralyzed” was premiered by Pitchfork.
Ty Harper | Music,Video | Monday, December 17th, 2012
Read Kamau’s thoughtful and candid reflection in its entirety HERE!
Sometimes we don’t know what we have when we have it.
After the release of my album, One Day Soon, I experienced one of the longest and lowest periods of depression in my life thus far. I suffered it mostly alone in my apartment during a cold, grey winter in Toronto. Most people I know where completely unaware save a few who cared, and cared to know. I am lucky to have a handful of close friends who supported me though it. The album was not doing what I wanted, a relationship I was in ended between when the album was released on Oct 7 and the album release celebration on Nov 11, I found myself arguing with friends and avoiding them as I only wanted peace, I felt drained, I was left with a great sense of isolation and loneliness.
I wanted my music to be ‘successful,’ I thought the energy that I put in would come back in a form that would help me pay my rent, for longer than two months and not drive me into debt. I felt immobilized; many days I didn’t leave my apartment, often I didn’t leave my bed.
The truth is, I don’t know what I’m doing. I am an artist, that is the only thing I ever wanted to be, the only thing I ever wanted to do, I have other interests of course, but they always lead me back to something creative, something about communication and purpose. I have failed a lot, made a lot of mistakes, but how is it possible when you know so clearly what you should be doing that it never really works?
Having witnessed the recent unfolding of the “All Originals Represent” campaign, Hypebeast aligns with dance party curators Keys N Krates for a piece we aptly dubbed Unrehearsed. Comprised of Adam Tune on drums, David Matisse on keys and Jr. Flo on the ones-and-twos, the Toronto-based tripartite formed in 2008 out of a desire to do something different through fusing electronic remixing and live dance parties. In creating an experience unlike so many, the electro-collective started by locking themselves in a rehearsal room for six months to create and finesse their unique sound and identity. Having now traveled the world rocking with all ethnicities, the struggle returns in the form of maintaining that originality for their loyal fans and unfamiliar listeners. Forever in search of a certain “oneness” with the crowd, a Keys N Krates’ party is something that can only be truly experienced in person. In the meantime however, enjoy this video treatment as Filmmakers Sid Singh and Nithya Thayaal follow the three musicians as they prepare for and perform at a live showing.
Those who know me know that I’m super critical when it comes to Indian MCs. Recently came across this dude Noyz though and a video like this totally caught me. This is the perfect intro to dude. It’s “old” (came out in July) but it’s new to me so just take it in if you’re not familiar (currently on repeat). Only background I have on dude is that he’s also part of a new group called Zoo Babies. There was one video posted a couple years back that also featured Noyz (below) but this is a better place to start. More to come…
Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Still catching up with SepTO and his “12 Days Of Christmas” campaign so this time around you get two days of gifts in one.. which makes a homage to the Queen and God of this Canadian hip-hop thing perfect.