If you have read the blog in the last few weeks you may remember some photos from May Long. This is what we were up to… Saint Kris – Pretty Face (ft Rup Monsta) from Nice! Productions on Vimeo. ‘Pretty Face’ is the single off of Saint’s up coming EP, set to come out early fall. I’ve been fortunate enough to preview a few tracks and bar none this will be his best musical project yet, and if you know me, I am quite fond of his previous projects Extra Ordinary and B.Y.O.B. For the single, Saint teamed up with local producer Jason Russell (Rup Monsta). I was exchanging texts with Saint last night and asked him how this song came to fruition. This was his insight: “I met with Rup at his studio. We began rifling through his production and stumbled across the beat (that would later become Pretty Face). He said he had been sitting on it for two years as no one wanted it. He quickly tossed out a melody that he had is his head and that made the instrumental even better knowing he already had a killer hook ready to go. He laid down the hook and the concept was set. It flowed pretty naturally from there”. When we sat down to discuss the concept for the video we knew we wanted to reflect the track’s up beat and energetic tempo. Seemed natural to pack our bags and head to the lake. “Best part of the shoot was shooting a video without people feeling like we were shooting a video. People got lost in just having a good time out at the cabin – on what turned out to be a stunning day. We just happened to have good music playing and a couple cameras kicking … Continue reading →
A fews weeks ago we got a look at this years Winnipeg Jazz Festival roster and, like last year, we were not to be disappointed. Last year featured the likes of Romi Mayes, Royal Canoe, Pete Rock, and The Lytics. Ask me the best show of the festival and I will, without any hesitation, respond Shad. This year boasts another impressive lineup including Winnipeg’s Enjoy Your Pumas, Haunter, Imaginary Cities, The Liptonians, Sierra Noble, and Royal Canoe. On top of that you have international artists Janelle Monae, The Antlers, The Hold Steady, Mayer Hawthorne but the one we’ve set our sites on hails from Toronto. You’ve probably heard of theses guys by now and if you haven’t, you are about to. Meet BADBADNOTGOOD a trio of Toronto jazz artists brought together by their love of hip-hop and indifference for traditional Jazz. BBNG is comprised of the very talent Matthew A. Tavares on keys (piano/synths), Chester Hansen who runs the bass lines and Alex Sowinski firing away with percision on the drums. The guys met while enrolled in Humber College’s Music Performance program and what started as after school Miles Davis jam sessions quickly spawned into something bigger. What transpired were hip-hop and rap cover interpretations that ranged from Odd Future, Gucci Mane, Slum Village, Wakka Flocka and A Tribe Called Quest. This twist on the traditional cover caught the attention of a lot of people including arguable one of the most controversial artists in the industry today, Tyler the Creator. The guys have teamed up on some jam sessions covering OFWGKTA’s albums Goblin and Bastard. More recently they’ve been in the studio with producer Frank Dukes (50 Cent, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah). If this isn’t enough reason for you to go out and grab a ticket, try this. This is BBNG2, the … Continue reading →
WEEKEND PLAYLIST | “SWEATER WEATHER” THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
This track first appeared on MIA’s mixtape Vicki Leekx back at the end of 2010. The video, featuring the full and official cut, finally surfaced this week in preperation for her fourth coming full length LP set to release sometime this summer. The video, shot in Ouarzazate, Morocco, was directed by Romain Gavras who also shot her very graphic and controversial video “Born Free”. There has been some dialogue as to whether this video is a commentary on Saudi Arabia’s anti-female driving laws vs. M.I.A. just reinventing gangsta swag. Either way she is set to perform during this weekends Super Bowl half time show with Madonna on her song, ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’, which unfortunately sounds like a rejected Avril Lavigne track. The bright spots being Nicki and MIA’s parts, which though brief are thouroughly enjoyable.
The Naked and Famous / No Way from Special Problems on Vimeo. The Naked and Famous continue to impress. With the album “Passive Me, Aggressive You” due out on 12th December, the band has released a visual for ‘No Way’. The song appeared on Travis Rice’s ‘The Art of Flight’ video along with their song ‘Young Blood‘. The soundtrack to the film was made available on iTunes yesterday featuring the likes of M83, Defrag, Oswin Macintosh, Apparat, Mel Wesson, The Album Leaf, Blockhead, Sigur Ros, Klaus Badelt, Hum, Okkervil, We Are Augustines and The Black Angels. (via. Hypetrak)
We were giving some thoughts to our favourite songs of the year thus far. You’ve had the release of Watch the Throne, Goblin, Give The Drummer Some, Fear of God, Finally Famous, Bon Iver, When Fish Ride Bicycles, James Blake, Rolling Papers, 21, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, House of Balloons, and Bad Meets Evil. Definitely an array of music all with great rosters of tracks. Tuesday we finally get Drake’s Take Care and a few weeks following, on December 6th, we get The Roots Undun. Out of all the releases this year, hands down, our favourite listen to date has been Frank Ocean’s nostalgia, ULTRA mixtape. Since the release back in February, track 10. Swim Good has been on repeat just check the iPod. Definitely one of our favourite tracks of the year.