October 16th, 2020

New Video: Mickey O’Brien – Sophia

New video from Mickey O’Brien for “Sophia”, the third and final single from Twin Flame: The Honeybear Saga. For this one he went with a backing band and recorded the song live off the floor.

On Valentine’s Day 2020, Mickey O’Brien released Twin Flame: The Honeybear Saga, an EP exploring love, loss and relationships. In contrast to his grittier debut, My Drift, the EP established the MC from Sudbury, ON as a multi-faceted artist, and not one to shy away from matters of the heart. And then the world was in the grip of Covid-19. The live music community took a major hit, but O’Brien continued to sharpen his lyrical sword. Once able to emerge from isolation, he brought together some of Nickel City’s finest players for an energetic rendition of “Sophia”, the third and final single from Twin Flame. Both versions of the tune feature acclaimed Sudbury jazz/soul vocalist Sarah Craig, and she plays keys on the “Live off the Floor Band Mix”, which also features Matt Saroka on guitar, David Cameron on bass, Christopher Dardick on drums, and DJ Seith on the wheels of steel. The performance was recorded live off the floor in the old Northern Breweries building, a well-weathered Sudbury landmark, and filmed and edited by Shawn Kosmo (Here Kitty Kitty Productions) for release as a video.

Engineered By Teo DeSimone 
Recorded Live at The Brewers Lofts Sudbury ON

Video directed and edited by Shawn Kosmo for Here Kitty Kitty Productions

October 15th, 2020

Cups-N-Cakes reviews Electric Sheep

“A new sci-fi rap force has arrived. Ironically, despite the lack of braggadocio here, Electric Sheep proves Touch and DJ Matto are some of the best in the game.” – Cups-N-Cakes Network

A very awesome new review of Electric Sheep from Touch & DJ Matto…

Read the review below, or click the image to read it on the Cup-N-Cakes site as one of their two Picks of the Week.

October 9th, 2020

New Primal Winds video for “Griefers”

Awesome new video for one of the best tracks on the latest Primal Winds album, The Renegades

Online gamers are surely familiar with the troll sub-species known as The Griefer, a bad faith player who uses aspects of the game in unintended ways to harass other players. With “Griefers”, the first single from new Primal Winds album The Renegades, District Prime and Iron Wind make their case for rising up against the system, or griefing the establishment, with tight, evolving deliveries over a hard, grinding synth-wave hip hop beat by Iron Wind, who also provides two further equally heavy alternate version to accompany his original, while DJ Matto takes the track in another direction with his airy, ethereal remix featuring new cuts for the chorus. And as usual, the duo deliver another incredible video filmed in a unique setting filled wth neon lights and oddball props, shot and edited by talented workhorse Patrick Younger. Join the revolution, fight for the user!

October 3rd, 2020

RapReviews reviews The Renegades

“This is head nodding music repurposed by William Gibson on a digital plane of existence.” – RapReviews

A very excellent review of Primal Winds’ The Renegades from RapReviews, rating the release a 7 out of 10 and really capturing the themes of the album.

Read the full review below, or click here or on the image below to head over to the RapReview site to read the review with accompanying samples of the music.

October 3rd, 2020

New day. New residence. New office space.

I’ve been busy and off the grid the last week, with cleaning, prepping, painting, and moving, plus a couple of days without internet, but back on the grind with new videos and singles upcoming over the next few weeks. I also have to clean up and organize the new “office space”…

September 25th, 2020

Kicksnare reviews The Renegades

“The fusion of upbeat, high-energy synths, boom bap drums, and radical content makes this a one-of-a-kind project to listen to.” – Kicksnare

Got this great review of the new album from Primal Winds, the Tron-inspired The Renegades, from Kicksnare…

September 24th, 2020

Hip Hop Golden Age reviews Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep is one of the finest Hip Hop albums to come out of Canada this year.”
Hip Hop Golden Age

Hip Hop Golden Age includes Touch & DJ Matto’s Electric Sheep on their list of 9 Recently Released Hip Hop Albums You Shouldn’t Sleep On (August/September) along with one of the finest reviews of a hip hop album this year!

Read below or click through on the image to check out the rest of the list on their site…

September 16th, 2020

Raised by Cassettes reviews The Renegades

“I’ve been a fan of 8bit style music for some time now and this isn’t really what I’d consider to be that in a musical sense but the idea behind it- the connection to video games and computers- is there … then you listen to a song like ‘Repurposed’ and realize these rhymes are legit and can go quite hard.” – Raised by Cassettes

Another excellent review from Raised by Cassettes, this one for Primal Winds’ The Renegades. Read the review below, or click here or on the review to head over to their site to read the review there, accompanied by many more photos of the cassette and packaging.

September 10th, 2020

Primal Winds are “Chasing Summer” with new single

Primal Winds close out the summer with a new single inspired by the unusual summer of 2020 before they return to The Grid to fight for the user.

If you’re not chasing the moment, the moment isn’t chasing you. Primal Winds embrace this ethos with “Chasing Summer”, the latest instalment in their series of celebratory singles. As the season comes to a close, Iron Wind and District Prime seize the moment in order to commemorate this unforgettable summer of underground parties, off-the-grid and online performances, and public gathering restrictions due to the global pandemic. Conceived of and produced by Iron Wind, this summer jam gem expresses their passion for the music and serves as a reminder to us all: What were you chasing this summer? Enjoy this one last hurrah for the summer with Primal Winds before they return their full energy to promoting their recently-released Tron-inspired album, The Renegades

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

September 7th, 2020

Raised by Cassettes review of NO!

“[I]f you tend to partake in the type of music that has beats or soul (and let’s face it, all the best music has soul) then The Dirty Sample should be playing through your speakers.”  – Raised by Cassettes

Another awesome review of The Dirty Sample’s NO! beat tape, this one by cassette culture curators Raised by Cassettes. Read the review below or click here to check out the review on their website with additional shots of the cassette.