December 22nd, 2020

Pre-Save Mickey O’Brien’s “Don’t Be Like Them”

We would love your support by pre-saving the new single from Mickey O’Brien dropping on Christmas Day…

December 21st, 2020

New video for Mickey O’Brien’s Live off the Floor Band Mix of his song “11:11”

Mickey O’Brien prefers to use astrological events to determine his release dates. So what better date than winter solstice, a day believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection, to release his live band version of “11:11”, a song from his Twin Flame EP about his attempt to win back his soul mate, the song title a reference to angel numbers that remind one to self-reflect on love and life. Recorded live off the floor in the old Northern Breweries building, a well-weathered Sudbury landmark, by some of Nickel City’s finest players during the same session as “Sophia” (already released on the single) and “Don’t Be Like Them” (dropping December 25). This performance was also filmed and edited by Shawn Kosmo (Here Kitty Kitty Productions) to release as a video. 

Written and performed by Mickey O’Brien 
Additional vocals by Chris Dardick and Sarah Craig 
Produced by Fresh Kils 

Nickel City’s Finest are: 

Vocals – Mickey O’Brien 
Guitar – Matt Saroka 
Bass – David Cameron 
Keys/Additional vocals – Sarah Craig 
Drums/Additional vocals – Chris Dardick 
Turntables – DJ Seith

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

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

Stream or download the single from any of these links:

December 10th, 2020

The Dirty Sample’s NO! is on CJSW Year End List!

So very awesome to see The Dirty Sample’s instrumental album NO! make both the all-genre Top 100 of 2020 and the Hip-Hop/Funk/Soul/R&B top 20 lists at his local station, CJSW, in Calgary, Alberta. He lands at #23 on the former and at #4 on the latter. Also great to see our friends Dragon Fli Empire, Sargeant x Comrade, and Metawon on both lists.

December 4th, 2020

Big Deal Bundles!

For all of December, save big with bundles on Bandcamp!

Whether you prefer CDs, cassettes or vinyl, there’s an awesome bundle for you… Click a headline to visit that bundle page on Bandcamp.

(5 x CD)

Backburner – Heatwave
Wordburglar – Burglaritis
Swamp Thing – Creature Feature
More Or Les & Recordface – Post Millennium Tension
Chokeules – Stay Up

(5 X CD)

Backburner – Eclipse
More Or Les – Blow the Fuck Up but Stay Humble
More Or Les – Nerd Love
The Library Steps – Rap Dad, Real Dad
Chokeules – Nepotism

(4 x CD)

Tachichi – Chico’s 90s Project
Tachichi – Top Ten
Tachichi & Moves – Pressure Posse
Moves – Hiss 3: Hissterectomy

(2 x CD and 4 x cassette)

The Dirty Sample – Joshua’s Dreamixes
Touch & The Dirty Sample – Jawz
The Dirty Sample – Tuesday Nights on Cardero
Crash Silverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax – Candy & Coombs
Apeface – Ape No More
The Dirty Sample – NO!

(1 x CD and 1 x cassette and 1 x 7″)

Mickey O’Brien – My Drift
Mickey O’Brien – Twin Flame: The Honey Bear Saga
Magick Show – “Black Mass” b/w “Oz” (featuring Moka Only)

(2 x CD and 1 x 7″ and 1 x lathe-cut 7″ and 1 x cassette)

Primordial Emcee – XF2: Reanimated
Primordial Emcee – “Comic Relief” b/w “The Perfect cRhyme” (featuring Wordburglar)
Various Artists – Choose Your Own Avenger (featuring Primordial Emcee)
Primal Winds – Road Warriors
Primal Winds – The Renegades

(3 x 12″ and 3 x 7″)

Various Artists – Choose Your Own Avenger 7″
Primordial Emcee – “Comic Relief” v/w “The Perfect cRhyme” (lathe-cut) 7”
Magick Show – “Black Mass” b/w “Oz” (featuring Moka Only) 7”
Wordburglar – s/t EP 12”
5.1.Nine.0.2. – When a Name is Just a Number 12”
Chokeules – Nepotism 12”

November 26th, 2020

Black Friday Sale! 20% off until Nov 30…

Artists need money and fans need savings, so stretch your money further with this excellent 20% off deal on all Hand’Solo music and merch, digital and physical, until the end of day on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Head to and enter “thanks2020” for the discount…

November 10th, 2020

Question the taste of Tales of the Salty Bag…

There’s this odd blog called Tales of the Salty Bag that reviews potato chips with a side of music. A recent review of Covered Bridge’s Fried Pepperoni potato chips (sounds yum!) is accompanied by some very kind words about mcenroe, soso, and most importantly Epic and his album Aging Is What Friends Do Together. Follow the advice of the Salty Bag and grab a bag of chips and give Epic some time in your earholes.

Read the full review of both album and chips below, or click the image to read it on their site…

November 10th, 2020

RapReviews reviews Electric Sheep, rated 8/10!

I just discovered I’m a week late posting this review of Touch & DJ Matto’s Electric Sheep album by Flash at RapReviews, and it’s very awesome the album received a rating of 8/10 from this tough but fair review site.

Read the review below, or click the image to read it on their site…

October 30th, 2020

Magick Show’s Dark Night of the Soul out now!

The Magick Show EP is now available to download and stream. Pick your method of delivery below:

Magick Show is a rap duo from Sudbury, ON made up of working class poet Mickey O’Brien and lyrical/sonic explorer Max Moon. A horrorcore project that transcends the genre, their debut record Dark Night of the Soul is a collection of 6 songs defined by quick-switch delivery, haunting yet abrasive production, and lyrics that draw imagery from the unknown, magic, mysticism, and the occult. Out October 2020 via Hand’Solo Records, with limited edition cassettes and 7” vinyl to follow, Dark Night of the Soul features contributions from Moka Only, Fresh Kils, Will Himsl, DJ Slam! and DJ Matto. This is no Canadian nice guy hip-hop record. Magick Show is here to sacrifice any who dare stand in their way.

October 27th, 2020

First video from Magick Show

Mickey O’Brien and Max Moon are Magick Show… And they just dropped their first official video at 11:11 AM today.

Magick Show is a horrorcore rap duo from Canada. The video release for “Black Mass” brings to the world the first official single from their debut EP, Dark Night of Soul. “Black Mass” is produced by DJ Matto, with cuts from scratch renegade DJ Slam! The video, created by Here Kitty Kitty Productions, is a psychadelic danse-macabre, filmed in the isolated wilderness of Northern Ontario. The track itself is a super-hyped barrage of occultist references and dark ritualistic imagery, backed by haunting symphonic strings and pulsating tribal/rap drums. It’s the perfect soundtrack for Halloween jams, demon summonings and human sacrifices!


October 23rd, 2020

“Gotta Go” – new Alien Trap Lords video

Brand new video from Alien Trap Lords for “Gotta Go” from their album 3L3M3NT 115. Features a boom bap remix from Fresh Kils.

They were here for a minute, but now it’s time for them to go. Last stop on the 3L3M3NT 115 tour is Japan. Alien Trap Lords invade video game culture with a reality-bending, boundary-breaking, black hole-penetrating music video. “Gotta Go” is a visual triumph and a leap in quantum 2D video game technology. Order your copy today.