July 13th, 2020

Touch – Journey to the West new visual album!

Touch and T. Perk’s Journey To The West is a hip hop-infused allegory based on the original tales of Sun Wukong, The Monkey King, of 20th Century Chines lore. The score, provided by Thomas Adams (aka T. Perk) provides an Eastern-influenced soundscape sourced from cassettes of folks songs rescued from various traditional Chinese markets. Written by Randy Mark (aka Touch), an emcee born and raised in Edmonton, AB, Journey To The West is a story of finding true hip hop by fighting its many demons. Touch does battle with his selfishness, vengeance and greed through his journey of self-discovery, acceptance and inclusiveness, while learning to overcome his ego, all with the help of a monk-like DJ and cantankerous producer he befriends on his journey. 

The newly-released accompanying short film or visual album of Journey to the West was filmed, directed and edited by Touch, who shot it in the style of a play. While travelling throughout Alberta—the beautiful Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territories, through Jasper, Banff, Drumheller and the Okotoks, as well as Edmonton and Elk Island National Park—Touch, an all-powerful emcee, learns that there is more to hip hop than just rapping and making money. By the end of his journey, Touch learns that hip hop is an art with many elements that come together to form a dynamic and esteemed culture. 

July 10th, 2020

Nepotism from Chokeules – Out Now!

Out now! Listen to Nepotism, the new album from Chokeules, in whatever way is your preferred method. Buy the vinyl, CD or digital on Bandcamp, or stream it with your favourite service…

July 8th, 2020

Save Nepotism and Follow Chokeules on Spotify…

July 3rd, 2020

“My Whip UFO” officially out now!

WARNING: This video may cause seizures, paranoia, and bring unwanted attention from government organizations. View at your own discretion.

Orbiting in space whips made of gold, the Alien Trap Lords beam their message to the inferior Earth masses: Alien Trap Lords are superior and their UFOs are unstoppable! Humans can’t even leave their own solar system while Alien Trap Lords jump dimensions and travel through time with mere thought. Even the existence of humanity is because Alien Trap Lords rolled up in their space whips to plant bacteria on planet Earth. To improve delivery of this message, 200 Wolves translate the audio recording into visuals engineered to increase human desire to detect and decipher the intergalactic code. Repeat viewings are ensured as subliminal messages flash throughout and bursts of wavy lights and morphing movements keep pace with the synthesizer arpeggio. A new interpretation of the code by human production wizard DJ Matto should increase interest in Earthlings to the message of Alien Trap Lords on “My Whip UFO”.

Check out the remix by DJ Matto:

July 2nd, 2020

New Alien Trap Lords video – “My Whip UFO”!

The new visuals from Alien Trap Lords are set to beam down to Earth on Friday, July 3, but Cups-N-Cakes Network have accessed the feed early to present the video message to humanity today… Be among the first to receive the message!

Check the video here today!

July 1st, 2020

Happy #CanadaDay

Touch presents his Canada with production from The Dirty Sample from their last album, Jawz.

June 26th, 2020

New Chokeules single: “Gold Metal Jacket”

One of the best rappers doing it is doing it again. Chokeules has a new album called Nepotism. Produced by LRYBRDBTZ. The first single, “Gold Metal Jacket”, is a sonic soliloquy that bumps hard enough to knock the coins out of a jukebox. Hedge your bets and hog the speakers while this dusty banger somberly slaps the grin off your eardrums. In layperson’s terms, it’s classic grimy hip hop in the tradition of the greats. Golden era meets Metal Jacket. 

1 – Gold Metal Jacket
2 – Gold Metal Jacket (radio edit)
3 – Gold Metal Jacket (DJ Matto Remix)
4 – Gold Metal Jacket (DJ Matto Remix) [radio edit]

Lyrics written and performed by Chokeules
Produced by LRYBRDBTZ
Cuts by DJiRATE
Mastered by Dorc

Cover art by 319 Heads

June 13th, 2020

Cups-N-Cakes reviews The Dirty Sample’s NO!

“His beats are f.u.n.k.y. If you’re a fan of the Ninja Tune sound, Amon Tobin, Cut Chemist or Handsome Boy Modeling School, the Dirty Sample has the beats for your meats.”Cups-N-Cakes

Much love to Cups-N-Cakes Network for the excellent review of NO!, the new instrumental album from The Dirty Sample.

June 9th, 2020

Pre-order Primal Winds – The Renegades

Dropping on Friday, June 12, The Renegades from Primal Winds is now available to pre-order on digital and limited edition cassette.

District Prime (rapper) and Iron Wind (rapper/producer) of Toronto hip hop duo Primal Winds are on a revolutionary rap journey with their new album, The Renegades. Conceived during the recording of their pirate-themed second album Give No Quarter, it was clear to the two that they would require more time to tackle the themes and music than is required for their more light-hearted projects. While putting in work on this passion project, Primal Winds have released Give No Quarter, their cowboy-themed Cut You Down, and their post-apocalyptic rap-rock album, Road Warriors, their first on Hand’Solo Records, along with various conceptual singles/videos. 

Finally satisfied with their magnum opus, Primal Winds release The Renegades cognizant of the correlations between the Tron-inspired fantasy world of the album and the turmoil of the current world. Fusing established hip hop styles and boom bap drum loops with retrowave, EDM and dubstep influences, Prime and Wind dive into gaming, hacking, cyber terrorism, and freedom of expression, while also layering in politics, religion, and observations on the glitches in our everyday system. Titles like “Uprising” and “Freedom Fight” provide a good indication of what to expect, while songs like “Griefers” takes the term from online gaming into the music world, trolling the competition. Joined by the usual collaborators—rappers Fortunato (“Identify”), Robbie G (“Resistance”), royceBIRTH (“Disc Wars”), and Warrzone (“Occupation”), with singers Lucy Lovesick (also “Occupation”) and Alexa Ourania (“Flynn’s Arcade” and “Neon Lights”)—The Renegades have no room for those who believe in a perfect system. 

June 8th, 2020

The Dirty Sample – Killin’ [official video]

The second single from The Dirty Sample’s new instrumental album is “Killin’”, his ode to slasher films. While binging a bunch of terrible slasher films, The Dirty Sample stumbled onto all these killer samples, a common job hazard for most hip hop producers. A similar approach was used for the video, returning to those films for footage and then applying digital effects, including adding simple line animation on top, giving the video that dirty feel fans expect of the Canadian producer.