October 14th, 2017

International Cassette Store Day

It’s International Cassette Store Day, so if you’re in Toronto stop by The Dupe Shop (1185 Bloor St West) and pick up a copy of The Dirty Sample’s newest album, Tuesday Nights On Cardero, with raps from Fatt Matt, Tachichi, Chaka Boy, Kaboom Atomic, Hash Mills, and Lesk-One.

Or pick it up online here: https://handsolorecords.bandcamp.com/album/tuesday-nights-on-cardero

September 29th, 2017

The Bobby Lonely Story is here!

Now available for free download… Or order a cassette.

September 27th, 2017

New album from Lucha Lonely out soon on Hand’Solo

I’m really excited that Hand’Solo Records will be releasing the upcoming third album from Kdot/Bobby Balkan emo alter ego Lucha Lonely… Dropping this Friday for free download with a pre-order for old school cassettes to follow. Not only are the cassettes perfect for those old Sony walkmans you’ve had sitting in the basement, they also have awesome double-sided flip covers for twice the viewing pleasure!

Pictures and audio coming soon.

Track Listing:

01. The Yayo
02. The Ram
03. Gold Bangles
04. Did Me Wrong
05. Ups and Downs
06. Big Smoke feat. 9th Uno & Anderson
07. I Can Change
08. Cheetah Skin Rugs
09. The New Me
10. Blowing Kisses at the Devil

All songs by Lucha Lonely, except track 6 by Lucha Lonely, 9th Uno and Anderson.
Produced by The Arkeologists. Cuts by DJ Shamann.

September 5th, 2017

Third Verse Extra Podcast interviews me! (please listen anyway!)

Back at the end of 2017, shortly before the big 20th Anniversary celebration of Hand’Solo Records, I spoke with Chaps aka Mark Charmbury for his Third Verse radio show, discussing the history of the label, hip hop in Canada, the Bassments of Badmen series, and much more. He and Chapter Thrive have re-purposed it for their Third Verse Extra Podcast, and I’m extremely honoured to get a crazy 319 Heads illustration out of it. The Han Solo homage is awesome!

Or listen here: http://ugsmag.com/third-verse-episode-19-thomas-quinlan/

August 11th, 2017

Primordial Emcee – Comic Relief (Official Lyric Video)

For the second single from Primordial Emcee’s X-Faction 2: Reanimated, his solo debut on Hand’Solo Records, Iron Wind merges the speakeasy jazz of the Roaring 20s with classic boom bap while Prime packs the punchlines with references to his favourite comic books. And to best honour the medium, a video of drawings and words. Halifax comic book artist Dave Howlett (SLAM-A-RAMA, The Last Paper Route) provides the fabulous artwork and Toronto’s LyricVids.com provides the familiar lettering.

Much love to Marvel and DC…

Written and performed by Primordial Emcee (@PrimordialEmcee)
Produced by Iron Wind Beatz (@IronWindMusic)

Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters (www.bangingmasters.com)

Artwork by Dave Howlett (@paskettiewestern)
Video by LyricVids.com

August 2nd, 2017

MTM interview with The Dirty Sample

In a recent interview by J.Smo for Mid Tennessee Music, The Dirty Sample talks about his influences, his new album on Hand’Solo Records, and the part technology plays in music creation and promotion.

Read the interview here: http://www.midtnmusic.com/interview-the-dirty-sample/

July 31st, 2017

Third Verse extra podcast interviews Backburner’s Jesse Dangerously

Please tell me my rousing endorsement has won you over at some point and you’ve been listening to the awesome companion podcast series to Canadian radio show Third Verse, with assistance from Canadian blog Ugsmag.com. Filled with great conversations between hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps with many of the best in the underground rap scene. Sweet episode 16 features Backburner’s Rap Legend Jesse Dangerously, who not only discusses hip hop, coming up in the vibrant Halifax rap scene, and the early days of Backburner, plus his announcement of the new album he’s currently recording for Hand’Solo Records, revealing a few hints and name-dropping the producer.

Or check out the show here: http://ugsmag.com/third-verse-episode-16-jesse-dangerously/

July 26th, 2017

$5 Rap Show for my birthday!

This year a great wonder occurs! $5 Rap Show falls on my birthday! I have the night off, so come celebrate with me near the stage, from wherever I can best see the stacked line-up. More rap than you pay for!


Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!

And as usual, hosts More Or Les and Wordburglar!

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2017
WHERE: Handlebar (159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto)
WHAT TIME: Doors 9pm, Performances 10pm
WHO: Humans 19+

For more info, check the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/458409304517383

July 2nd, 2017

Third Verse extra podcast interviews Backburner’s Thesis Sahib

By now you you’re likely aware that any discerning connoisseur of Canadian indie rap should be checking out the awesome companion podcast series to Canadian radio show Third Verse, with assistance from Canadian blog Ugsmag.com. Filled with great conversations between hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps with many of the best in the underground rap scene, you too can soon be an expert. Episode 14 features Backburner freak and bending mouth weirdo Thesis Sahib, who not only discusses hip hop and the London rap scene, but he also talks about Great Lakes surfing, touring Europe, and his art career….

Or check out the show here: http://ugsmag.com/third-verse-episode-14-thesis-sahib/

June 30th, 2017

More Or Les celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with Ice Cold Buck Fifty

On July 1 Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation, and to celebrate More Or Les has released “Ice Cold Buck Fifty,” an homage to Canadian hip hop.

Taking some time off his beat tape coming out later this summer, producer, DJ and rapper More Or Les is back with a musical homage to Canadian Hip Hop, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the country. “Ice Cold Buck Fifty” is a 100 bars non-stop tribute to rappers and producers across the country, delivered in a mostly-chronological order of discovery for this Rap-fan-later-turned-rapper. While many music enthusiasts may be familiar with names like Maestro Fresh Wes, Dream Warriors, K-OS and Shad, Les goes deep with his coverage of indie Canadian Hip Hop, citing possibly-less-familiar folks such as Jorun Bombay, Citizen Kane, The Grassroots, and his own crew, Backburner. Always a fan of extra treats, this single includes a remix of “Icarus” from the Nov. 2016 release Blow The Fuck Up But Stay Humble by producer The Dirty Sample, featuring Swamp Thing, Rel McCoy and Wordburglar. Living in a digital age of last-minute add-ons and perks, this single will also feature a surprise remix released on Canada Day itself…

“Ice Cold Buck Fifty”
Production, cuts and rapping by More Or Les
Mixing by Ted “Measuring Man” Onyszczak
Mastering by More Or Les

“Icarus (The Dirty Sample Remix)”
Production and mixing by The Dirty Sample
Rapping by More Or Les, Wordburglar, Savilion, Chokeules, Rel McCoy and Timbuktu
Mastering by More Or Les