Vincent Parker just dropped his new album Respecanize today...and he's giving it away for free. His ability to take dark synths and blend them over futuristic hip hop and electronic beats is remarkable. This album will leave you nodding your head and wanting to dance simultaneously. At times the melodies are hypnotic. So go ahead and grab this album..and get lost in it.
I'm pleased to share that City Dub, my collaboration with Woodhead has been released today on East Van Digital. We recorded the song in May and it was a very unique experience. The project was remixed by Vancouver's Self Evident + Gameboy, and Dirtnapper who put some 8-bit flavor and drum and bass rollin respectively. EVD label boss Joseph Martin contacted Schenk outta Gauteng, South Africa for a twisted house version. Lakeshore Drive outta Vernon, BC rounded out the release with a sneaky reggae remix that reminds me of some of Manu Chao's beats.
Head over to the East Van Digital website here to read more on the release, and scroll down for a preview along with lyrics.
-- Lyrics: Who's us Vancouver movers And shakers Beat makers producers Do not confuse us with fakers Money won't break us Bruise us or use us But you must Infuse us Into your futures Spitting out bass and treble Audible hacked mucous Winning the race it's settled Multiple track intruders Pouncing like we're pumas conquering the clueless Bouncing cause we're groovers offering the trueness
There's a superfluous Amount of progressive consumers It's a little too much Look at our current ruler Guess what this city blew up With some of the baddest and rudest And coolest artistic contributors Who's us Vancouver's smoothest We're seekers and doers Became ruthless teachers from students Do you trust When we're disciplining And hitting your speakers Like troopers with bazookas Musical straight shooters --
Last year Tegan & Sara embarked to India for the first time...doing gigs in New Delhi & Mumbai. My brother, Vivek Shraya, joined them as their opening act. They just released a film/ mini-doc showcasing their adventures and experiences in India. Throughout the film are commentaries with their mom, friends, band, and my bro...
--Classic, deep and weighty bass pressure straight from Vancouver, Canada.
Joshua and Ben, AKA Daega Sound are pushing their strong take on dubstep with a solid, minimal chest-rattling slab of sound. Their crisp, sub-led, space-filled sound takes elements of IDM and techno, but ultimately lands firmly in what conniseurs might term "classic dubstep" territory. Never a bad thing.
Daega Sound's work is incredibly well polished, emotive and shimmering with detail, while still having the grit and bassweight to prove that they can command a dancefloor, as well as fill your headphones.
Ultimately, their beautiful "Let It All Go EP" is a perfect example of why we shouldn't be letting it all go.--
The darkness hasn’t fully passed. And that’s ok for now. I will write a song about it, all of it. Every pull, every ache, I will work it out through lyric and melody until there is light again. Music might save me.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ishu at Peats Ridge Festival in Australia last December. We all shared the stage together and he threw down a killer afternoon set. He has put up his A World In Progress album for free download until Monday, so make sure you grab it.
I was happy to hear that he created it during his travels...and it reminded me of all the stories that helped create my own Nomadic Injections album. Sure enough, his album accompanied me on my tours this year and it represented the hip hop sounds of Australia. There's a stack of talented Australian vocalists featured...
Have a listen...the download link is below. Much respect.
--ISHU’s release “A World in Progress” was born from his recent travels through Europe and Asia. Collecting samples and field recordings along the way; ISHU found inspiration in every country he visited, immersing himself in local culture and sketching beats in bunkbeds all over the world. ISHU enlisted the talents of some of Australia’s finest vocalists for the album, including Mantra, Hau (Koolism), Lotek (UK), Class-A, Elf Tranzporter, Dyl Thomas (Polo Club), Pataphysics and more. “A World in Progress” showcases ISHU’s distinct sound of culture-mashing boom-bap and downtempo soundscapes, with hints of influences like Hermitude, Madlib, Oh No, Bonobo and Embee (Looptroop).--