December 6th, 2019

DJ Matto presents “We Came to Rock” posse cut

Conceived as an original contribution to the second annual 24 hour celebration of hip hop at CHRW in London, ON, the posse cut “We Came to Rock” first aired alongside other songs debuted during the Hand’Solo Hip Hop Hour segment. With a heavy emphasis on drums and synth, the hype, head-nodding production—plus the wild cuts on the chorus—are courtesy of DJ Matto, pka DJ Usdneedls of Vancouver rap duo Hidden Fortress and current producer and DJ half of +/- based out of Fukuoka, Japan. Pulled from the Hand’Solo Records roster, each of the nine MCs provide their own take on hip hop, from the braggadocio biography of Mickey O’Brien through Jesse Dangerously’s positive confessional and Big Bear’s struggle to keep the content clean to concluding with the party raps of Iron Wind. Plus Tachichi, Touch, More Or Les, Pnutty Goldust and District Prime, each provides their own perspective, too. With so much Canadian rap talent on one song, it’s a given we came to rock!

Lyrics written and performed by Mickey O’Brien, Tachichi, More Or Les, Touch, Jesse Dangerously, Filthy Animals (Pnutty Goldust & Big Bear), and Primal Winds (District Prime & Iron Wind)
Produced by DJ Matto
Cuts by DJ Matto

Artwork by Selene Toffoli

November 6th, 2019

Cassette Gods explore 3L3M3NT 115

Not long after posting an excellent review for Whatevski’s Cult Classics, Cassette Gods follow with another out of this world review for the Alien Trap Lords with their album 3L3M3Nt 115.

Read the review here: http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2019/10/alien-trap-lords-3l3m3nt-115-c50.html

October 30th, 2019

Scratched Vinyl review of A Joy Which Nothing Can Erase

Scratched Vinyl included The Mighty Rhino’s last album, We Will No Longer Retreat into Darkness, in their top 15 albums of the year for 2018, and the new album receives a 9/10 and a glowing review. Read on…

Or read the review here: http://scratchedvinyl.com/reviews/the-mighty-rhino-a-joy-which-nothing-can-erase/

October 16th, 2019

Cassette Gods judges the Cult Classics of Whatevski

Ask and thou shalt receive! The Cassette Gods have delivered a review of Whatevski’s Cult Classics cassette, and the judgement is positive… Does that make his teachings even more legit now?

Read the review here: http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2019/10/e-whatevski-cult-classics-handsolo.html

October 16th, 2019

A Joy Which Nothing Can Erase – Pre-order & Release Party!

Pre-order the album, or pick up a copy a day early in person at the release party (info at the end of this post)…

A JOY WHICH NOTHING CAN ERASE Release Party

Performances by
10PM – More Or Les
10:30 PM – Ultra Magnus
11PM – The Mighty Rhino

Music by Bosh Flimshaw

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 (doors at 9PM)
Venue: Stone Lounge (783 College St) – the basement of Revival
Cost: $10

EARLY SHOW – come to the show AND get your beauty rest!

Check out the Facebook event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2240048829432130/

October 15th, 2019

Scratched Vinyl reviews Ultra Magnus’s Muziki Mzuri

I totally missed this very excellent review from Scratched Vinyl of Muziki Mzuri, the newest album from Ultra Magnus. While the quality and crispness of sound on this album owes a lot to the engineering expertise of Fresh Kils, he wasn’t the lone producer on the album. “Old Arrogance” was produced by Callum while “Boogs” and “Pleasant” were produced by Boogie Belgique; and of course, Uncle Fes produced “Bully (Fester Remix)”. All the producers deserve their shine. 🙂 Still, awesome album, awesome review.

Read the review here: http://scratchedvinyl.com/reviews/ultra-magnus-muziki-mzuri/

October 11th, 2019

Out Now! The Mighty Rhino’s “Full Steam”

The first single from The Mighty Rhino’s A Joy Which Nothing Can Erase is out now. “Full Steam” is a devastating neck-snapping banger, packing powerful, witty, and hilarious punchline after punchline into two high-art 16s and a crowd-pleasing shout-along winner of a chorus… Produced by Skywise.

Full Steam

Written and performed by The Mighty Rhino
Produced by Skywise

Artwork by Adam Selene

October 6th, 2019

Announcing A Joy Which Nothing Can Erase!

Dropping October 18!

The Mighty Rhino – A Joy Which Nothing Can Erase

01. A Joy Which Nothing Can Erase
02. Full Steam
03. Beam of Light
04. Little Ol’ Me
05. Unfuckwithable
06. Tell ‘Em How You Feel About It
07. Aw Hell You Motherfuckin’ Right (feat. Fatlip & Ultra Magnus)
08. Ain’t Pushin’
09. Not All Is Lost
10. Honourable Man
11. Fuckouttahere (feat. Adam Bomb, Prince Po, More Or Les, Fraction, Roshin & Skizza)
12. I Want You To Know I Love You
13. The Desires and Prayers of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Produced by: Notion (3, 4, 8, 9), J.W. Friedman (6, 10), Iceberg Theory (1), Skywise (2), Red Dot (5), Myer Clarity (7), Triple A (11), Abstract Artform (12)
Cuts by: DJ Digital Junkie (7)
Mixed and mastered by: Notion

October 5th, 2019

It’s time to vote in VPC6 R1!

The sixth season of the Vocalist Producer Challenge song competition is now underway with Round 1 up for public voting. The theme this round is memes. With 40+ entries, there’s a lot of competition for Hand’Solo artists Ultra Magnus (on team Magnus Supreme with Taco Supreme) and Primal Winds, along with our close friend XoC (on team XO+ with Milk Plus), who I still hope will one day release an album on the label.

We would appreciate your support with votes for the following songs:

Magnus Supreme – It Was All A Meme

Primal Winds – The Hitchhiker

XO+ – Cats All Your Bases Are Belong to Us

And while you’re there, check out some of the other songs in the competition and give them some votes, too.

Vote here: https://nerdcorevpc.com/rounds/one/

September 20th, 2019

“Road Warriors” official video is pretty great!

The album may have dropped a couple of months back, but the first of at least a couple of videos for fourth album Road Warriors, is finally out! Check it out!

The title track and first official single from Road Warriors, the fourth album from rap duo Primal Winds, perfectly captures the rest of the album, with only a few exceptions. It’s a hip hop-heavy rock-rap hybrid with a high octane sound built to win over live audiences. Produced by Iron Wind with Mad Max-inspired raps from Wind and District Prime, the single also features Julian Swift, guitarist for Toronto punk band Cola Heads, who delivers a raw, heavy metal hook for the chorus.

Shot and edited by Noir Kitty, with secondary camera assistance from John Beales, the visuals add a Canadian twist to the Mad Max mythology thanks to the woodsy automobile graveyard setting, plus there’s a nod to Death Race! The video also features Mad Max cosplayer Christian Joseph and his replica Interceptor, one of only two not built off an Australian car platform, instead customizing a 1970 Torino. Now watch the action unfold!

Lyrics written and performed by District Prime and Iron Wind
Produced by Iron Wind
Additional vocals by Julian Swift (of Cola Heads)
Video shot and edited by Noir Kitty