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)…


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

September 19th, 2019

“Road Warriors” video upcoming!

New video and DJ Pack dropping Friday, September 20, for “Road Warriors”, the title track and first single off the fourth album from District Prime and Iron Winds recording as Primal Winds.

Primal Winds have posted some preview footage on Facebook that I can’t share here, but if you use the social network platform please give it a search there. In the meantime, Here’s the cover for the single…

And here’s the song:

September 19th, 2019

2 Music Nova Scotia Awards nominations for Tachichi

Congrats to Tachichi for his two nominations for the 2019 Music Nova Scotia Awards coming up in Truro, Nova Scotia. He’s up for Hip Hop Recording of the Year with Top Ten, his most recent album on Hand’Solo, and the competition is tough with his fellow Sipset general Ghettosocks also nominated for HOLOS, his collaboration with Aquakultre as AQUASOCKS. Also nice to see EPDMC make the cut with Rap’s Charlie Brown. Dude has been grinding hard these last couple of years. The category for Songwriter of the Year is probably equally as tough, but the only name I’m really recognizing is Tachichi for “Everything”… so go get ’em, T!

And for a little reminder of that Songwriter of the Year material…

September 10th, 2019

Weekend at Burgie’s scores interview w/ Hand’Solo Head Honcho!

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Wordburglar for his original podcast series, Weekend at Burgie’s. It was a lot of fun! I was given access to his secret hideout where we ate superb homemade vegan pizza buns, drank mini-cans of Coke, and talked about my lengthy venture in music journalism, my short stint in college radio and early podcasting, and my major focus for 20+ years on Hand’Solo Records. Wordburglar also uses his super powers to coin the new word “Quinlincidence”, which I got to experience this past weekend listening to the podcast and hearing me talk about having a broken elbow during the creation of Bassments of Badmen 2 while at home nursing a brand new broken elbow!

While listening I also noticed a few errors in my answers that I’m blaming on faulty old man memory. I’d like to set the record straight for whoever might stumble across it here. Early on we talk about a phone interview I did during a visit with DJ Moves in Halifax. We couldn’t remember who was recording there that day when Wordburglar and I first met, but now I’m pretty sure it was Knowself. And the story is told as if the phone I did was with Sean “Puffy” Combs, but the interview was actually with Mase. I remember Tachichi kept bugging me to let him battle Mase. And my question that abruptly ended the interview was when I asked him if he thought Puffy was ruining hip hop with all that jiggy rap. That was inconsiderate of me to ask. And later, when Wordburglar asks me about my experiments in rapping, I misspoke that I didn’t rap until after the radio show and podcast, but The Almighty Ughnauts! were played on both Lord Knows What and Silly Robots at least once so I was obviously doing it during.

After the interview, Wordburglar includes a short but sweet selection of Hand’Solo songs, old and new.It’s worth staying for…

Listen with your favourite podcast app: https://plinkhq.com/i/909412836