Archive for August, 2011

The Real Frequency has been putting on for the local Toronto, Canada, scene for a minute now. We’ve already seen some of what’s to offer with previous singles from their new album, The New North, and the quality keeps coming with another single, “Change,” this one courtesy JD Era, also recently anointed as the newest artist signed to Raekwon’s Ice H20 label. In the coming weeks, The Real Frequency and JD Era will also release a video for the single. The track, which also features LOKZ, is easily one of the smoother songs on the compilation album, a fact that, according to JD Era, compliments and plays up the power of the song’s the message. “‘Change” was inspired by the title of The Real Frequency’s project The New North,” explains Era, adding that he feels the “album symbolizes a changing of the guard, a passing of the torch to those next up from Toronto.” JD’s laidback flow is framed by bouncing percussion, clean guitar, and fluid piano licks courtesy of producer Soundsmith and complimented by LOKZ’s effortlessly soulful vocals.

As with recent singles from The New North, this latest track is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video, with JD Era discussing the significance of The Real Frequency and The New North album, shining a little light on his own track, and breaking down where he thinks Toronto hip-hop is headed in 2011 and beyond.

Download JD Era’s “Change” here

http://therealfrequency.bandcamp.com/track/change

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown) continues to release new music as they campaign for their self-titled album Daily Bread.  Today they’ve reached out to label mate and producer Oddisee (whose album Rock Creek Park officially comes out everywhere Sept 6th on CD) remix the standout track Elephants.
The Oddisee remix of Elephants  is being made available on a special edition bonus 45 record that FatBeats will release on 9/13 with the 2xLP vinyl edition of the new popular album Daily Bread.
The remix brings Oddisee‘s  distinct drum patterns and  Hassaan Mackey’s gruff flow at it’s best: “some down to earth shit the world aint ready for…verbs from the soul adding light to the mic.”
Enjoy the remix & feel free to share!
Free Download: Daily Bread “Elephants (Oddisee Remix)

http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/elephants-oddisee-remix

http://mellomusicgroup.com/

Check out maticulous’ new instrumental project – a collection of chill beats to vibe out to.
Produced and arranged by maticulous, cuts by DJ Brace, and mixed by The Audible Doctor.

“mello instros”
Download the “mello instros” HERE

 

Looks like The Audible Doctor is getting into big things. Check out the fresh production he’s done for Consequence. Straight Fiyaaaaaaaah(in my M.O.P. voice).

Download “Mr.RapFix (Hot Water)” (Produced by The Audible Doctor) HERE

Or check out the track on HipHopDX.Com HERE

 

 

Tona – “Burn”

Posted: August 25, 2011 in hip hop
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In the past years, Canada, and specifically Toronto, has birthed some pretty strong star talent. But bubbling below the surface is an equally powerful – and fast rising – underground scene, and it has become The Real Frequency collective’s mission to shine a light on that talent, and it’s something they’ve been doing exceptionally well with their recently released album, The New North.

The latest single from the album is “Burn” from Toronto rapper Tona, a track replete with slick talk and witty wordplay (“A lotta squares trying to form circles out here/ We was forced to try angles that you ain’t never thought of or seen”) that does well to put on for the city.

Lyve produced the beat, flipping a wobbly procession of bass-driven synth blips and ambient noise, and cleanly layers it all atop a staggered mix of pounding drum kicks and crackling claps. And the beat is a perfect fit for Tona; no surprise, considering their extensive history working together. “Lyve is like my brother so he understands what kind of sound I’m looking for without me even having to ask,” says Tona. “He whipped up ‘Burn’ within a few hours. He’s one of the most talented producers I know.”

Joining the single is a video for fans to get a better feel for who Tona is as an artist as he touches on everything from where Canadian hip-hop stands in 2011 to what Real Frequency means to him, and more, including what he thinks The New North album represents. “The significance of The New North album,” exclaims Tona, “is to provide that platform for real hip-hop artists, to expose it to the masses. Not just in Toronto, but to the masses now.”

Download Tona’s “Burn” here

Watch Tona speak on the album here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1wt52dS_Gw

rjd2 and Aaron Livingston have formed the duo Icebird, and together, the prolific producer and talented singer are excited to announce their debut album, The Abandoned Lullaby, which will be released October 11th on rjd2’s own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections.

For rjd2, Icebird is the next step in a 10-year career that has seen him grow from heralded crate digger to celebrated instrumentalist and songwriter, composing the theme music for Mad Men and TNT’s Inside The NBA, while releasing albums like The Third Hand and Colossus. With The Abandoned Lullaby, rj is expanding his repertoire, by stepping back. “I went into The Abandoned Lullaby knowing my role exactly,” explains rj. “Both the engineering and producing – I was able to focus on both here totally, more than almost anything I’ve done before.”

And it’s because of Livingston that rj feels so comfortable in this new role. Livingston brings his own history to the table, taking part in the Black Lily jam sessions that birthed the careers of Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild and being featured on The Roots’ fan-favorite “Guns Are Drawn.” The two first collaborated on “Crumbs Off The Table” from rj’s Colossus album, and the resulting track had the two itching to work together again. “It was so exciting to see what Aaron would do with the songs,” says rjd2. “He really is super clever as a writer.”

Much of that cleverness is on display with “Going And Going. And Going,” the album’s lead single. rj’s upbeat, snare- and guitar-heavy beat paves the way for Livingston’s gritty, soulful vocals. “Language is always a code, and I wanted to use that idea to expand the range of what I can sing and say,” explains Livingston, whose unique style shines through with lines like, “Forget your problems mama/ I’m the Dalai Lama up in here.”

Sonically, “Going And Going. And Going” only touches on the musical diversity of The Abandoned Lullaby, which pulls from the duo’s interest in creating art that mirrors life. “Stories about fabricated heroic shit don’t interest me as much as something like a half-written lullaby,” remarks rj. “I have an interest in art that portrays real world issues, that portrays the dichotomies of a ‘balanced’ human experience.” The Abandoned Lullaby displays that balance throughout, making it easier for the duo to explore new artistic freedoms. “This is the first time I’ve had someone else at the controls for an entire project,” explains Livingston. “It gave me room to really explore my voice – and what I can say with it.”

Download “Going And Going. And Going” HERE (right click, save as)