October 15th, 2021

New single “The Inner Party” from Touch & Moves

About “The Inner Party”:

The second single from 1984, the widely anticipated collaboration EP from veteran Edmonton emcee Touch and Halifax heavyweight producer and DJ Moves, is “The Inner Party”. A dark boom bap beat composed of horrifying samples over slick drums serves as the perfect soundscape for a classic display of microphone domination, and Touch doesn’t disappoint with consistent flows and complicated rhyme schemes. With the first verse littered with technical wordplay and the second verse packed with blunt force, Touch demonstrates how elite emcees like himself are welcomed into The Inner Party.


Written and performed by Touch
Produced by Moves
Mixed and mastered by Nato

October 8th, 2021

The new single from Primal Winds is “Law Bent”

About “Law Bent”:

Here’s that track to irritate all the law-abiding citizens! Primal Winds are back with that Golden Era boom bap, and they’re bending the rules on their hot new single, “Law Bent”, the title track from their upcoming EP dropping on November 5, 2021. Packed with witty punch lines, multi-syllable rhyme structures, and lurid subject matter, it’s the song you’ll want in your system no matter on which side of the law you reside. When it comes to authority, don’t just get bent, get “Law Bent”!


Written and performed by District Prime and Iron Wind
Produced by Iron Wind

Artwork by Ghettosocks

More info: https://app.mediakits.com/primalwinds

October 4th, 2021

Magick Show Halloween Show in Sudbury – Oct 30

Mickey O’Brien and Max Moon join forces once again as Magick Show to bring their horrorcore collaboration to the stage for Halloween. Here’s the flyer and the link to buy advance tickets…

Get your advance tickets here:


October 4th, 2021

Mickey O’Brien in Kamloops, BC – Oct 23

Mickey O’Brien is opening up on a few shows for Emotionz Back At It! West Coast tour.

Tour dates featuring Mickey O’Brien:

Burnaby – October 15th at Tabletutors
Squamish – October 16th at Fishbone
Kamloops – October 23rd at Cactus Jack’s

Here’s the tour flyer and link to buy advanced tickets for the show in Kamloops, BC on Saturday, October 23…

Get your advance tickets here:


September 30th, 2021

Noir Grime Beat Battle includes Iron Wind and Pasquale

On Saturday, October 2, Noir Grime is holding the first round of their beat battle on their Twitch channel, and Hand’Solo Records fam Iron Wind (of Primal Winds) and Pasquale (aka Chadio) will be participating. It’s a single elimination tournament in which each producer will go head-to-head with another with the winner moving onto the next round. C’mon out and support the Hand’Solo team!

Check out the stream here: https://www.twitch.tv/noirgrime

September 30th, 2021

Mickey O’Brien recipient of Hellraiser Memorial Fund

I forgot to post this amazing news here back when it happened, but on Labour Day, Mickey O’Brien was announced as one of two recipients of the first annual Hellraiser Memorial Fund in honour of political folk singer Anne Feeney, who he sampled with permission for his newest single, “Cap Lamp”. Congrats, Mickey!

September 18th, 2021

Backburner’s Eclipse #33 Top Album of 2010s

Very awesome to see Backburner at #33 with Eclipse on Rabbit’s Top Albums of the 2010s decade on Indie Rock Magazine! The follow-up drops very early 2022, and the first single should be out soon!


33. Backburner – Eclipse (2015)

“This album condenses pretty much everything I love about hip-hop: both epic and laid back, fun yet nowhere near as friendly as you might think (Nothin’ Friendly, even the crew proclaims Halifax on a final galvanized by the brass in cinemascope of the composer Alan Silvestri) or even downright dark and anguished with the spines on a medium of disc which takes slightly longer to impose itself than the immediate tubes Death Defy, Bottle Caps or Bad Lieutenants (cf. the decadent Creepy Crawly and Future Shock before the anthology triplet I was talking about here), under constant tension despite a nerdy spirit multiplying the references SF, heroic fantasy, cine, comics, gaming, mythology, etc … We hear jazz and fiery scratches, round or creeping basses and singular flows (Timbuktu, Jesse Dangerously, Worburglar, More Or Les are among the most exciting MCs in the alt-rap landscape if not. is all current hip-hop ), super cool guitar riffs and convoluted sample collages, the Wu-Tang Clan, Björk and the Beastie Boys, irreverence wrapped in pop culture, respect for the pioneers of a playful and intelligent hip-hop that the mainstream has leveled down and futurism is there in the production of the brilliant Fresh Kils, Mister E and Savilion. Anyway, long live Canada, try it too if you haven’t already, you will be amazed. “

September 17th, 2021

Video: Touch & Moves – Thought Krhyme

The video for Touch & Moves’s “Thought Krhyme”, shot, directed and edited by Touch, depicts what it feels like to have a clown show up at your door and give you the 3rd degree.

September 16th, 2021

Geek Hard spotlights Chadiohead

Much love to Geek Hard Show for spotlighting the Chadiohead album going in and out of commercials during their last episode! I urge you to check out their podcast!

September 16th, 2021

Quick Chadiohead Review

Got this short Chadiohead review from a Spanish blog possibly called Warp:


Pasquale, rap and hip hop producer in Toronto, Canada presents a tribute to Radiohead, it is about Chadiohead where he mixes, and samples and adds vocals on top of some of the best known Radiohead classics.

Pasquale himself comments on this idea: “A friend told me that it would be great if I mixed verses by Chadio on fragments of Radiohead songs.” And my initial reaction was not very enthusiastic, but a few months later I decided to try a couple of rhythms for fun. And to my surprise, these beats ended up blending very well with Chadio & The Dirty Sample’s No Wives Club accapellas, so I decided to recreate the entire album.

Reviews that have already been posted agree that Chadiohead’s album has great vibes from The Gray Album, Jay-Z’s successful mix of Danger Mouse’s The Black Album with The Beatles’ The White Album. Judge for yourself.