January 3rd, 2021

Happy New Year – and pre-save “Neon Lights”!

Happy New Year, folks! I don’t think I’ll find many willing to argue that 2020 wasn’t a terrible shit show, but I think Hand’Solo Records released some great music from some great artist throughout the year. And now, hopefully 2021 will be a better year, especially since it’s the 25th Anniversary for the label.

The first music to drop from Hand’Solo in 2021 is the second single for Primal Winds from their current album, The Renegades. Dropping Friday, January 8, the single for “Neon Lights” also features remixes from DJ Matto and The Cybertronic Spree‘s Rumble. If Spotify happens to be your preferred method of music delivery, we would appreciate if you could pre-save “Neon Lights”…

December 25th, 2020

Merry Christmas… and “Don’t Be Like Them”

Merry Christmas from Mickey O’Brien and Hand’Solo Records with Mickey’s new live off the floor band mix of “Don’t Be Like Them”, a song about overcoming circumstances from his debut album My Drift, out today!

Like many in 2020, Mickey O’Brien learned much about himself. His personal life in shambles due to a horrible breakup and a relapse, Mickey chose to take control and put his life back together rather than continue the downward spiral, coming out the other end stronger and more resilient than before. When a break in quarantine provided an opportunity to record a trio of songs live off the floor with a band, the third and final song selected had to be “Don’t Be Like Them”, a song about not being a victim of circumstance, from his 2019 solo debut, My Drift. 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 that already provided live off the floor band mixes of “Sophia” and “11:11”, the performance was also filmed and edited by Shawn Kosmo (Here Kitty Kitty Productions). Mickey O’Brien hopes his message resonates even more at this time: In the dark, choose to be the light!

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

Nickel City’s Finest: 

Vocals – Mickey O’Brien 
Additional vocals & Keys – Sarah Craig 
Guitar – Matt Saroka 
Bass – David Cameron 
Drums – 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 from your favourite site here:

And don’t forget the bundle deals that are ongoing through December, including the Mickey O’Bundle, which includes the current Hand’Solo catalogue for Mickey O’Brien…

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.

BACKBURNER BUNDLE #1
(5 x CD)

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

BACKBURNER BUNDLE #2
(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

TACHICHI & MOVES BUNDLE
(4 x CD)

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

THE DIRTY SAMPLE-R
(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!

MICKEY O’BUNDLE
(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)

PRIME BUNDLE
(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

VINYL BUNDLE
(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 handsolorecords.bandcamp.com 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.