May 19th, 2020

New song! New video! New normal! Normal 2.0 out now!

The official release date is Friday, May 22, when you should find the single available on your favourite streaming service, but we couldn’t wait so we dropped the video and DJ Pack early…

Picture it: December, 2019 – hearing about a mysterious virus in parts elsewhere, not thinking much of it, but hoping that people catching it will be ok, and it doesn’t spread to familiar places. And now here we are about half a year later, washing our hands a lot, not touching our faces until we’ve washed our hands *again*, arguing over our right to be in public spaces, standing in long lines at supermarkets, some of us, hoarding things, some of us, being racist to Asian people (STOP. THAT!), some of us, unemployed, trying to generate some kind of income to pay rents and mortgages, sad, frustrated, overwhelmed, and just plain over it. WELL, it ain’t over, it’s just the new normal – NORMAL 2.0. Here’s my attempt to talk about it, but more importantly, let’s talk *to* each other, not *at* each other. Let’s help each other out!

And Peace, Love and Respect to all the Frontline Workers risking themselves and their families being at their job.

Raps, Cuts, Beats, Mixes, sorrows by More Or Les.
Leslie Seaforth (SOCAN)
(c) 2020 Leslie Seaforth.

Artwork by Terence Cheng.
Help with mixing from Fresh Kils.
Advice from Measuring Man appreciated.

May 15th, 2020

Alien Trap Lords – “We Run the World” video

Out of the farthest reaches of space come a group of inter-dimensional life forms. The Alien Trap Lords serve universal knowledge over wavy synth 808 bass. Take a galactic trip in their space whip. Learn the secrets of your world and the truth behind the conspiracies.

May 7th, 2020

The Dirty Sample – NO!

With over 15 years and 30+ albums under his belt, including collaborations and solo instrumental and vocal albums, The Dirty Sample—the producer and rapper from Calgary, AB, also known as Apeface, previously Planit, and sometimes 2 Blue Apes—has finally come to the realization that he just must make music. No matter what, it’s the driving force in his life. Literally, he cannot function without creating something. He’s tried. But the crazy starts to crawl around the brain if he’s not focused on music. His newest project is NO!, his first instrumental album since Pay Up in 2016. And with the start of a new year, The Dirty Sample has created new boundaries for himself in his life, expressed through the album’s title. NO! is 17 tracks of the gritty, soulful hip hop with which his fans are familiar. Available from Hand’Solo Records on digital and limited edition cassette.

Produced by The Dirty Sample, except track 9 by Illions (Metawon and The Dirty Sample)

May 1st, 2020

Mickey O’Brien – “Gabriel’s Horn” video and DJ Pack

Today is International Worker’s Day aka May Day, so it’s appropriate that underground miner and workers’ rights activist Mickey O’Brien drops his new video for second single “Gabriel’s Horn” off new EP Twin Flame: The Honey Bear Saga, available on digital and cassette.

The second single from Twin Flame: The Honey Bear Saga (Hand’Solo Records) is “Gabriel’s Horn”, with Anthony Rinaldi on saxophone and DJ Uncle Fester on cuts. Each song on the Honey Bear EP has a relation to a tarot card, as presented on the artwork of the cassette and Bandcamp versions of the release. For “Gabriel’s Horn” it’s the Judgement Card depicting the archangel Gabriel blowing his trumpet to announce an awakening of the heart and the mind, as well as a larger awakening of the societal consciousness, replaced on the single by producer Fresh Kils iconically punching the buttons of his MPC.

1. Gabriel’s Horn (feat Anthony Rinaldi)
2. Gabriel’s Horn (feat Anthony Rinaldi) [radio edit]
3. Gabriel’s Horn (feat Anthony Rinaldi) [instrumental]
4. Gabriel’s Horn (The Dirty Sample Remix) (feat Anthony Rinaldi)
5. Gabriel’s Horn (The Dirty Sample Remix) (feat Anthony Rinaldi) [radio edit]
6. Gabriel’s Horn (The Dirty Sample Remix) (feat Anthony Rinaldi) [instrumental]
7. Gabriel’s Horn [acapella]

Lyrics written and performed by Mickey O’Brien
Produced by Fresh Kils
Cuts by Uncle Fester
Saxophone by Anthony Rinaldi
Remix by The Dirty Sample

Mastered by Dorc
Artwork by Selene Toffoli

The accompanying music video is an animated short film. Created by Baked Clown Animation & Red Dented Can Productions in collaboration with O’Brien, the video is the artistic rendition by animator Nathan Hynes of Mickey O’Brien’s world: mining culture, love and loss, personal struggle and triumph. The video follows O’Brien as he works at the mine and travels to see his girlfriend in Toronto. “I really wanted to show the mining aspect of my day job and how proud I am to represent the culture of our great city,” O’Brien says of the concept, concluding, “I’m usually working two CN Towers underground, literally.” Truly, hip hop gets deep with Mickey O’Brien on “Gabriel’s Horn”.

April 22nd, 2020

Rap Reviews reviews The Broken Plan

Rap Reviews presents their promised review of The Broken Plan from Deepcave’s Royal-T, Daze & Big Bear. And at 7.5, they got a damn fine rating AND review…

April 22nd, 2020

The East interviews Tachichi

The East come through again in support of another Tachichi album with their article on Pressure Posse, his new album with longtime collaborator and production partner Moves. The review element is positive and the interview parts reveal some song inspirations and the duo’s production process. Check out the site for more great Canadian East Coast music!

April 19th, 2020

The Modern Post vs The Mighty Rhino

The Modern Post interviews The Mighty Rhino and provides a bit of a review of his last album, A Joy Which Nothing Can Erase, in this new article on The Mightiest of Rhinos. The article also contains links to some cool live and official videos, so it’s a worthwhile journey…

Here’s a start:

Read the full review with photos and videos here:

April 7th, 2020

Raised by Cassettes review of 3L3M3NT 115

Awesome new review of the cassette version of 3L3M3NT 115 from Alien Trap Lords by Raised by Cassettes. Give the review a read here, but the website has more photos of the tape if you’re curious…

Read the review with all the additional great photos of the parts of the tape:

April 6th, 2020

Pre-Order Tachichi & Moves – Pressure Posse EP

Pre-order the new EP from the classic Canadian rap duo, Tachichi & Moves!

1. Summer Slam
2. Cause and Effect
3. Takin’ Names (feat. Lxvndr & Fatt Matt)
4. MC Heartbreak
5. The Exchange (feat Cee!!!!!!!!, Ghettosocks, Aquakultre & Sean One)
6. Run 2020
7. The Way It’s Going Down
8. Tone Fresh (feat. Fatt Matt, Lxvndr & Cee!!!!!!!!)

Written and performed by Tachichi, except where noted
Produced and mixed by Moves
Cuts by Moves
Mastered by Stuntman
Artwork by Ghettosocks

March 27th, 2020

Touch & The Dirty Sample – Psychometry single

New single from Touch!

Pandemics, telepathic transcendence/ Cybernetics, hella traffic, nanotechnics
Cryptozoology that has effects ’n shit/ Missiles prove not to be that effective

“Psychometry,” the fourth and final single off the acclaimed album Jawz from Touch & The Dirty Sample, is set 20 years in the future after humans have been ravaged by a killer virus. Enter a world of artificial technology, bio-synthetic entities, and government-sanctioned genetic manipulation. The only track on Jawz not in the present, “Psychometry” foreshadows the theme of Touch’s next project, Electric Sheep, based entirely in the future. Further reinforcing that link is the unusually optimistic, chill remix by DJ Matto, who also produces all of the upcoming Electric Sheep album. “Psychometry” is a warning of what’s to come. Prepare yourself.

Written and performed by Touch
Produced by The Dirty Sample
Remix by DJ Matto
Cuts on remix by DJ Matto
Mastered by Dorc
Artwork by Ghettosocks