February 7th, 2018

5.1.nine.0.2. debut album dropping Feb 23, 2018

PRE-ORDER A SLAB OF 5.1.nine.0.2. VINYL (REGULAR OR TEST) ON BANDCAMP AND BE ENTERED TO WIN THE FIRST OF ONLY THREE AUTOGRAPHED COPIES OF THE TEST PRESSING!!!

(THE FINE PRINT: The winner, randomly selected, will be announced on the Hand’Solo Records Facebook and Twitter feeds. The prize will be mailed with the original pre-order.)

Track List:

1. Easy Come Down
2. All I Know (featuring D-Sisive)
3. Back Home (featuring Al Tuck)
4. Real People
5. More Money Than Friends (featuring Katie O’Brien)
6. One More Rhyme (featuring Chek Love & Speak Easy)
7. Rainbows & Unicorns
8. Water Tower
9. This Time
10. Just Like Us

Vocals – Derek MacKenzie, except where noted
Production – Recordface
Cuts on “Easy Come Down” and “Rainbows & Unicorns” by More Or Les
Cuts on “Real People” by #MaKayMobb
Mastered by Dorc
Art Design by Ghettosocks

February 1st, 2018

5.1.nine.0.2. vinyl is here!

Check out these beauties…

’nuff said!

February 1st, 2018

Middle Tennessee Music interview with Tachichi

J.Smo deserves love once again for posting yet another interview with a Hand’Solo artist on the Middle Tennessee Music blog. His interview with Tachichi talks influences, motivations, and the new album, Chico’s ’90s Project, among other things.

Here is the intro to the MTM interview with Tachichi… Click the image or the link just below it to read the full interview and listen to the album.

Read the interview here: https://www.midtnmusic.com/interview-tachichi/

January 24th, 2018

$5 Rap Show on February 8, 2018

$5 Rap Show returns on February 8 at Handlebar in Kensington Market, and it’s filled with Hand’Solo Records artists past and present, including Lucha Lonely, who will be recording parts of his live set for a music video from his current album, The Bobby Lonely Story.

As the saying goes, “More rap than you pay for!”

For additional info, check the Facebook Event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/141902829820416/

January 24th, 2018

Crash Silverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax drops January 26!

Track List:

01. Intro ft.DJ Wakcutt
02. No Way Back
03. Two Dope Team
04. Wolfgang ft. AddVice
05. Talk About ft. Chadio
06. Like A Ninja
07. Ridiculous Conclusions
08. Shine
09. Porn Shop
10. For Sale
11. Ends Meat
12. Up My Mind
13. Surreal ft. Touch and Royal T
14. Crossbones ft. Ira Lee

All songs written by Josh Thorp and Max Prime, except where noted
All songs produced and mixed by The Dirty Sample, except track 14 produced and mixed by Metawon
Final mix by the Dirty Sample
Mastering by DJ Nato (Up In Arms Recordings)
Art design by 319 Heads

January 24th, 2018

Middle Tennessee Music interview with Lucha Lonely

Much love to J.Smo for posting yet another interview with a Hand’Solo artist on the Middle Tennessee Music blog His interview with Lucha Lonely delves into his history, his motivations, the new album, The Bobby Lonely Story; and the impact of the digital age on music, among other things.

Here is the intro to the MTM interview with Lucha Lonely… Click the image or the link just below it to read the full interview and listen to the album.

Read the interview here: https://www.midtnmusic.com/interview-lucha-lonely/

January 23rd, 2018

Hand’Solo Records’ analog others…

Hand’Solo Records is going analog, and I’ve got pictures to prove it…

Vinyl test pressings arrived this week for When a Name is Just a Number, pairing rapper Derek MacKenzie (Hip Club Groove/Len) with producer Recordface (OK Cobra) as 5.1.nine.0.2. Album dropping February 23 on digital, CD and vinyl.

Also picked up the cassettes for Crash Silverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax – Candy & Coombs. That cover art by 319 Heads is bold and beautiful!

The Hand’Solo Records tape collection grows! From left to right: Various Artists – Cock Dynamiks; The Dirty Sample – Tuesday Nights on Cardero; Lucha Lonely – The Bobby Lonely Story; Crash Silverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax – Candy & Coombs

January 9th, 2018

Middle Tennessee Music interview with Touch

A big thanks to J.Smo for posting another interview with a Hand’Solo artist on the Middle Tennessee Music blog His interview with Touch delves into the history of this multi-discipline hip hop artist; his new album, Journey to the West; and the impact of the digital age on music, among other things.

Here is the intro to the MTM interview with Touch… Click the image or the link just below it to read the full interview, watch the videos, and listen to the album.

Read the interview here: https://www.midtnmusic.com/interview-touch/

January 1st, 2018

Happy New Year! Get 25% off until Jan 7!!

Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you to those who supported Hand’Solo Records in 2017, whether you purchased an album, reviewed it, played it, or blogged about it; whether you came out to The $5 Rap Show or another Hand’Solo event; or even if you just shared something from the label online… You helped make our 21st year one of our biggest and best yet! And it looks to be even bigger in 2018 with (hopefully) an album a month for the full year. I think we can do it!

To say thanks, we offer you discount code “NewYear2018” for 25% off any music or merch from the Hand’Solo bandcamp until Jan 7, 2018.

https://handsolorecords.bandcamp.com

January 1st, 2018

Indie Rock Mag’s Year End Lists list 4 Hand’Solo albums!

Indie Rock Mag has just published their list of Top 22 Albums and 5 EPs of 2017, while contributors (and two of our favourite music critics in the universe!) Seb Lapin and Bertrand Saby each provide an additional 5 bonus picks. All in all, Hand’Solo Records makes the cut with four releases, thanks to great records from Touch, The Dirty Sample, Tachichi and Lucha Lonely.

Below you will find the write-ups for each of the Hand’Solo picks that made the list. If you click on each write-up, it should bring you to a Google Translate translation for those of you with the same lack of French kills as me. NOTE: I have excluded which lists and the ranking on that list… You can see the full lists at:

http://www.indierockmag.com/article30222.html.

THE REVIEWS: