August 27th, 2021

Chadio & The Dirty Sample – Eulogy

New single and video from Chadio & The Dirty Sample…

The fifth and final visual offering from Chadio & The Dirty Sample’s No Wives Club is for fan-favourite “Eulogy”. Shot and edited by Rodger Grodan (@rawja_dawja), our vengeful protagonist appears fully cloaked-out as he reads a selection of scathing verses from his trademarked People To Kill book, an eerie graveyard backdrop reinforcing the deadly vibe. Replacing the drum-heavy soul of the original, Vancouver’s Ill-Legitimate crew member Sythe concocts an extremely smooth and jazzy remix, also adding a bit of Beach Boys-esque backing vocals for his flavourful flip to accompany the single.

Lyrics written and performed by Chadio 
Produced by The Dirty Sample 
Remixed by Sythe

August 20th, 2021

Pasquale’s Specials out now!

For Specials, Pasquale (pronounced Puh-skwa-lee) collects nearly a full hour of his favourite beats made this year. Pulled from his stockpile of songs good enough not to need any rappers, the loop-heavy beats were created in a small and lonely Vancouver apartment primarily with sounds found on records and various pieces of battery-operated gear. Specials is designed to be heard on headphones—a subpac couldn’t hurt, either—while you walk your dog. Conveniently available on cassette (with bonus tracks) for use in your walkman.

August 17th, 2021

Mickey O’Brien’s “Cap Lamp” for New Music Mondays

Sudbury.com has selected Mickey O’Brien’s “Cap Lamp” for their New Music Mondays column this week. Click the image to head over to their site for the full article…

August 15th, 2021

Upcoming from Chadio and his production alias, Pasquale

The next two Fridays will be all about Chadio and his production alias, Pasquale…

First up is his instrumental album Specials from Pasquale, available on digital on August 20 with the cassettes following shortly after. Pre-order now!

And the following week is the fifth and final video/single from Chadio & The Dirty Sample’s No Wives Club album with their crowd favourite “Eulogy”.

And in September you’ll get another special presentation that brings together the talents of both Chadio and Pasquale… More on that eventually.

August 15th, 2021

Press coverage for Mickey O’Brien’s “Cap Lamp” single

Very awesome to see the support by way of press coverage for Mickey O’Brien’s new single, “Cap Lamp”, the first from his upcoming album, Shift Change. Here are the headlines… Click on through to read the articles. The first one, from CBC, also includes a 7-minute interview with O’Brien at the end of the article.

Thanks for checking out the articles!

August 13th, 2021

Out Now! Mickey O’Brien’s “Cap Lamp”

Sudbury, ON rapper, musician and activist Mickey O’Brien releases “Cap Lamp”, a rousing hip-hop, labour movement anthem and victory song. O’Brien captures an epic moment in the history of Sudbury and organized labour, drawing on the recent two month strike between United Steelworkers Local 6500 and Vale. “Cap Lamp” is a David and Goliath story where the mine workers of Sudbury, ON stand strong in the face of the second largest mining company in the world. Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils (Toronto, ON) produced this personal yet universal single about workers’ rights and union solidarity with samples from folk musician Anne Feeney, known as North America’s foremost labour singer, who tragically passed away from COVID-19 earlier this year. “Cap Lamp” also features a sample of now MP Charlie Angus talking about O’Brien and his music, and ends with a powerful message from current USW Local 6500 president Nick Larochelle. Sudbury keyboardist Zachary Clement added his distinct sound to the song, elevating the overall impact of the music.

Written and performed by Mickey O’Brien 
Produced by Fresh Kils 
Keys by Zachary Clement 

Mastered by Dorc 
Artwork by @lavagebruler

August 11th, 2021

Spotify Pre-Save for Pasquale’s Specials

Please pre-save this nearly full hour album of loop-heavy beats by Pasquale created in his small and lonely Vancouver apartment primarily with sounds found on records and various pieces of battery-operated gear.

August 6th, 2021

Pre-Order Pasquale’s Specials beat tape

A new instrumental album from Pasquale is dropping on August 20, but you can pre-order it now and get a couple of songs in advance. Available on digital or limited edition cassette, the latter featuring two bonus tracks.

Here’s a little bit about the album:

For Specials, Pasquale (pronounced Puh-skwa-lee) collects nearly a full hour of his favourite beats made this year. Pulled from his stockpile of songs good enough not to need any rappers, the loop-heavy beats were created in a small and lonely Vancouver apartment primarily with sounds found on records and various pieces of battery-operated gear. Specials is designed to be heard on headphones—a subpac couldn’t hurt, either—while you walk your dog. Conveniently available on cassette (with bonus tracks) for use in your walkman.

August 6th, 2021

The Yesmen at #5 in Top 30 at CILU for July

CILU has given heavy support to Nevamind & Royal-T’s The Yesmen album with it near the top of the Top 30 for the last seven weeks, even spending the last two of them at #1. All that support has also put The Yesmen at #5 on the Top 30 chart for the month of July.

Check out the album here…

August 5th, 2021

Pre-Save Mickey O’Brien’s “Cap Lamp”

Written while Mickey O’Brien was on strike in Sudbury against the world’s second largest mining company, he fights back the way he knows best and pens another union anthem for his upcoming new album. Please give it a pre-save on Spotify.