Tag: hip-hop

New Canadiana :: U.S. Girls – Free Advice Column

U.S. Girls - Free Advice Column

Meg Remy’s latest transmission is another paradigm-shifting blast of powerful and empowering POP. Following last year’s A+++ long-player GEM and the trunk-rattling “Island Song” remix she’s now teamed with the notorious Onakabazien as overtime partners in crime. His dusted soul strut and blunted beats on the first three tunes of this EP swirl around Remy’s passionate trills like a rhinestone cape, while “Disco 2012” brings Louis Percival’s echo raps to the forefront on a melancholy mirrorball lament. GRIP.

La plus récente transmission de Meg Remy est une autre explosion de pop libératrice et puissante qui déplace les paradigmes. Après l’excellent disque GEM de l’année dernière et le cliquetant remix de « Island Song », elle fait maintenant équipe avec le célèbre Onakabazien, complice des heures supplémentaires. Sur les trois premières chansons de ce EP, son soul poussiéreux et ses rythmes émoussés tourbillonnent autour des trilles passionnées de Remy comme une cape en strass, alors que « Disco 2012 » met en avant le rap en écho de Louis Percival sur une complainte mélancolique en boule disco. À SAISIR.

U.S. Girls – 28 Days

U.S. Girls – Disco 2012

Departures :: Ken Lewis – Cosmic Cars b/w Best Beat

Ken Lewis’ reverent cover of Cosmic Cars released in 1982, the same year as the original Cybotron 45, proves that people were almost immediately feeling Juan Atkins’ electric ripples just North of the assembly line. Released on Scorpio Records, home of countless dubious disco, boogie rap and dub records with peculiar provenance, Ken’s whip is more deluxe DeLorean than hot Spinner, his cruising spin more Grace Jones than The Normal. Although his version almost mechanically reproduces the original, it feels like a glossy photograph of a photocopy; the recording less raw and in-the-red, the drum machine less biting, the cold-creep synth noises replaced by a cold-sweat guitar riff. Still, Ken’s facsimile evokes a dystopian future, not the super-industrial cyber-sexuality of Cronenberg, but a world of simulacra coated in a vacuous veneer of replicated pleasures, like Ryu Murakami’s depictions of Tokyo. Still this record bumps and burns when played loud, so thumb a ride if you ever see this avant-coupe roll by.

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Ken Lewis – Cosmic Cars

New Canadiana :: istagamble! – Which House?

Wedding hip-pop beats to the screams of mortally wounded modems, itsagamble! is the arbiter of an arranged marriage (“Do you, fried circuit board, take this fat beat…?”) that has blossomed into love. Leaving behind flora and fauna, Rob Ross chronicles the mating rituals of robots: the tentative caress of electrons across a breadboard, melodrama chopped then screwed to a wall of electromagnetic interference (“Baby Maker”), and slow jamming (“Fox”) that builds breakbeats out of sex-chimes, all glazed in Kraftwerkian synth flavours. Which House? hops valences quicker than a supercharged particle but keeps it somewhere within the sphere drum’n'bass’n'saw wave’n'laser’n'I could go on… Tin foil chewers, bite down on this.

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itsagamble! – Baby Maker

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itsagamble! – Fox

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itsagamble! – When Did I Disappear

Video :: Make Some Noise [dir. Andrew Munger] (1994)

To the casual observer, Toronto rap history can be traced like this: Maestro blew up (then) “Northern Touch” dropped and made stars out of Kardi BaKardi and Choclizie (then) Drake became the biggest rapper in the world. Well, somewhere in between “Symphony in Effect” and “Northern Touch” there was a burgeoning underground hip hop community in Toronto that, thanks to filmmaker Andrew Munger, has been documented and preserved. The film follows then up-and-coming Toronto rap groups like Ghetto Concept, Nu Black Nation and MVP, creating what now stands as a time-capsule peek into 90′s Toronto hip hop. Sixteen years after Munger’s Make Some Noise premiered at TIFF, the film is finally getting proper distribution (well, if the Internet counts as distribution) through some of the folks at Ugsmag. Check for appearances by a baby-faced Mos Def, a thugged-out Jelleestone and a freestyle from Mr. Canadian Idol! You can check the flick below or click here. I’ve also included some scans of photos and newspaper clippings from the time of release.








New Canadiana :: Slim Twig – A Sheik in Scores

Slim Twig
A Sheik in Scores
(Self Released)
Toronto, ON
::web/sounds::


From the skewed pop of Aaron Levin:
Beneath the reverberated echoes of Slim T’s hazy swagger undulate the shards of pop cultures theatrical past. Culled from hours of vintage soundtrack LPs, A Sheik in Scores is the third volume in Slim Twig’s musically bedded explorations. Sway to the wildly dense psychedelic metronome as punchy beats carry the skewed pop sensibilities into a timeless oblivion of baroque swashes, broken guitar leads, and busted grooves. Packaged beautifully in a micro clam-shell. Grip to the max.

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Slim Twig – Honey Suckle Rose

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Slim Twig – Once My Lady’s Wish Is Done

Departures :: MC A-Okay – DOPE M.O.B

MC A-Okay
DOPE M.O.B
(In Time)
Edmonton, AB
Originally Released: 1991


From the random career raps of Christopher Bateman:
Considering our distance from Hip Hop’s 80′s epicentre, you can hardly blame Edmonton for taking so long to start rapping. More than a decade after the Sugarhill Gang kicked down the door wavin’ the Kaopectate, Edmonton’s MC A-Okay amassed a crew of West-enders to lay-down what would become some of Edmonton’s earliest rap recordings. A-Okay’s DOPE M.O.B demo is super-impressive, sounding like a random from any American city (read: Eric B and Rakim) and includes classic posse cuts from the DOPE (Disciples Of Poetic Expression) Mob, hard raps about being a drug dealer (“Guess Who’s Coming to Your Town”), and your basic pop-rap fan-fare (“Move the Groove” was eventually picked up for the successful-in-Canada We United to Do Dis album by Simply Majestic). With as few as 20 copies made (my copy was even found missing the actual cassette!) DOPE M.O.B stands as a rare and wonderful view into the beginnings of a prairie-town’s rep. Essential back-cover scan. Yes, that’s a recycled Parental Advisory sticker.

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MC A-Okay – D.O.P.E. MOB

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MC A-Okay – Guess Who’s Coming 2 Your Town