March 27th, 2020

Touch & The Dirty Sample – Psychometry single

New single from Touch!

Pandemics, telepathic transcendence/ Cybernetics, hella traffic, nanotechnics
Cryptozoology that has effects ’n shit/ Missiles prove not to be that effective

“Psychometry,” the fourth and final single off the acclaimed album Jawz from Touch & The Dirty Sample, is set 20 years in the future after humans have been ravaged by a killer virus. Enter a world of artificial technology, bio-synthetic entities, and government-sanctioned genetic manipulation. The only track on Jawz not in the present, “Psychometry” foreshadows the theme of Touch’s next project, Electric Sheep, based entirely in the future. Further reinforcing that link is the unusually optimistic, chill remix by DJ Matto, who also produces all of the upcoming Electric Sheep album. “Psychometry” is a warning of what’s to come. Prepare yourself.

Written and performed by Touch
Produced by The Dirty Sample
Remix by DJ Matto
Cuts on remix by DJ Matto
Mastered by Dorc
Artwork by Ghettosocks

March 19th, 2020

Royal-T, Daze & Big Bear

The Broken Plan brings together the talents of Royal-T, Big Bear and Daze. A skilled chopper, Royal-T built his rep as a battle rapper across Canada, from his birthplace of St. John’s, NL, to Thunder Bay, ON — releasing the city’s first professional rap CD — out to Vancouver, BC, finally ending up in Winnipeg, MB, where he joined with gritty local rapper Big Bear to found Deepcave, a record label and crew. Bear is currently one half of Filthy Animals. Daze, also a Newfie who moved to Winnipeg, is the last ever Deepcave member. His last single, “Toxic”, was featured on D.R.U.G.S. (Dat Real Underground Shit), a mixtape compilation presented by Bizarre of D12.

The trio finished recording of The Broken Plan in 2016, but plans to release the album and tour were broken by the death of Royal-T, who took his own life after a long battle with mental illness and substance abuse, a struggle he exposes with raw honesty on closing solo track “Rock Bottom”. It’s a powerful song that will hopefully resonate with those experiencing similar struggles. The trio also raps about overcoming adversity, showing pride in poverty on “Broke” and hoping for a better future with “Keep Moving”; they criticize fakes on “Identity Crisis”, add some levity with “I Drink I Smoke” and “Manager”, and flex skills with punchlines and braggadocio for “Ali Boomaye” and first single “Phenomenon”. Unable to mix the album because of emotions, Bear and Daze finally honour the memory of their fallen comrade almost four years later with the release of The Broken Plan as it was meant to be. R.I.P. Royal-T.

#RestInRoyalT

March 13th, 2020

Royal-T, Daze & Bear present 1st single Phenomenon

The first single is here!

Royal-T, Daze and Big Bear aren’t household names… yet! So the three Deepcave rappers opt to use first single “Phenomenon”, from their upcoming collaboration album The Broken Plan, dropping March 20, 2020, to properly introduce themselves. A chill, spacey soundscape courtesy of Nevamind serves to highlight the lyrics, a revealing mix of self-deprecating and braggadocio anchored by plenty of witty punchlines. The glitchy, stuttering drums of the DJ Matto remix adds a sense of urgency to the song while Natural Aspects Promotions delivers dark and eerie visuals for the video.

Lyrics written and performed by Royal-T, Daze and Big Bear
Produced by Nevamind
Remix by DJ Matto
Video filmed and directed by Natural Aspects Promotions

March 11th, 2020

The Broken Plan release party

On March 20, Big Bear and Daze celebrate the release of their new old album with Royal-T at The Underground in Winnipeg, MB…

The Broken Plan album release party

with performances from:

Big Bear & Daze
SNTFK
Kairo
Jedistackz
Bang Em & Ruckus.45
Dj’Benz

Friday, March 20, 2020
at Osborne Live – The Underground
$10 cover includes free CD and 1 beer

March 10th, 2020

Royal-T, Daze & Big Bear present The Broken Plan

01. Rest In Royal-T (feat. DJ Dystrakted)
02. Ali Boomaye
03. Identity Crisis
04. Broke
05. The Plan
06. No Idea (feat. 40oz)
07. I Drink I Smoke
08. Manager
09. Aunty Up
10. Phenomenon
11. Keep Moving
12. Rock Bottom

All lyrics written and performed by Royal-T, Daze and Big Bear, except track 6 also with 40oz

Produced by: DJ Distrakted on track 1; Nevamind on tracks 2, 6, 8, 10 and 11; Lev on track 3; Slotter on track 4; Meeves on tracks 5, 7 and 9; and Kenny Bang Em on track 12

Cuts by DJ Dystrakted on track 1

Mixed and mastered by Big Bear

March 8th, 2020

New scribble video for “We Came to Rock”

A few days back we dropped new visuals for DJ Matto’s Hand’Solo Records posse cut “We Came to Rock” featuring Mickey O’Brien, Tachichi, More Or Les, Touch, Jesse Dangerously, Filthy Animals and Primal Winds.

Lyrics by Mickey O’Brien, Tachichi, More Or Les, Touch, Jesse Dangerously, Pnutty, Big Bear, District Prime, Iron Wind
Produced by DJ Matto
Cuts by DJ Matto

Stream single: https://album.link/ca/i/1490638966

Download DJ Pack (w/ clean, instrumental and acapella): https://handsolorecords.bandcamp.com/album/we-came-to-rock-dj-pack

March 8th, 2020

Mickey O’Brien live in London, ON

Mickey O’Brien is finally performing live in London, ON on March 31, 2020. It’s an early show, and they mean that!

Support Touring Artists!

7:00pm show starts with some dope tunes
7:45pm – Bo Gus
8:00pm – SliNK
8:20pm – oh KG
8:40pm – Mickey O’Brien
9-10pm – Myles Bullen, Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise

Old East Bar & Grill (765 Dundas St, London, ON)
March 31, 2020
Early Show!
Only $10

Additional info can be found here: ttps://www.facebook.com/events/1077931135917655/

February 20th, 2020

CBC’s Up North interviews Mickey O’Brien

Mickey O’Brien was interviewed for the CBC show Up North on Valentine’s Day. He uses the opportunity to talk about his new EP, the first single, and the Sudbury hip hop scene. Get a better understanding of the music and the artwork of Twin Flame – The Honey Bear Saga. Check it out…

Listen here: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-84-up-north/clip/15761028-sudbury-rapper-releases-album-for-valentines-day

February 20th, 2020

Sudbury press supports local lover (and rapper) Mickey O’Brien

Much love to the local papers in Sudbury showing support for a hometown boy… Both The Sudbury Star and Northern Life stepped up with articles about Mickey’s new EP, Twin Flame – The Honey Bear Saga. Here they are for your pleasure, back to back:

And since the second article promises the video at the end, here that is for your eyeball enjoyment…

February 15th, 2020

Mickey O’Brien’s Twin Flame – The Honey Bear Saga Available Now!

The big (Valentine’s) day has come (and gone), which means Mickey O’Brien’s new Twin Flame – The Honey Bear Saga 6-song EP is now available to stream using your favourite service or to purchase on digital or limited-edition (only 100 copies!) gold-plated cassette with bold tarot card artwork. If you download the album through Bandcamp, you also get a hidden bonus track and the tarot card artwork for each song.

Check it out…