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.

August 5th, 2021

The Mighty Rhino’s “Stay Up” video is top 3 video for Ed the Sock!

On New Music Nation‘s third episode of Yo Canada, host Ed the Sock revealed The Mighty Rhino’s “Stay Up” video is one of the top 3 videos of the 700 the channel has received since they started about one month ago. Ed talks about it in the intro of the show and also just before the video plays at 34:36. Give it a watch…

Get the song or album here…

July 23rd, 2021

Chadio & The Dirty Sample – “Address” video and DJ Pack

Chadio & The Dirty Sample are back with their fourth video from their collaboration album No Wives Club, this time for their single “Address”, featuring a simple yet infectious hook provided by longtime collaborator Azrael Raps Good. Shot over the course of a weekend, and directed and edited by ARGVidz, the video takes the viewer though a brisk tour of most of the places Chadio has ever lived. As a bonus, Saskatoon beat-maker Dren laces the remix with a chilling piano sample that only feels more rowdy once the drums kick in for the second half.

July 13th, 2021

Radio Free Galaxy interviews Chadio

Radio Free Galaxy interviews Chadio this week. The interview is early in the show, but stick around because the show also delves into (spoiler-heavy) discussions of Black Widow, The Bad Batch, Loki, and Supernatural. The intro segment is fun, too! Check it out here:

July 6th, 2021

Radio Free Galaxy interview with Nevamind

Trisha and Travis experience their first hip hop interview for Radio Free Galaxy when they talk with Nevamind of The Yesmen. The show also delves into discussions of The Bad Batch, Loki, and Supernatural. It’s a long show, but the Nevamind interview happens early in the episode. Check it out here: