It’s not often that you come across a great instrumental album, but Ambivlalence came my way, and I had to share. As the fourth release from Toronto producer Midas Touch, the 9-track EP contains all self-composed instrumentals, ‘mixing elements of experimental hiphop, deep soul and afro funk into an ambient set of melodies.’
“Midas Touch succeeded in creating a soundscape that is both modern and nostalgic. It invokes a fusion of sentiments such as melancholy, hope, bewilderment, love and optimism. The virtuoso instrumentalist hopes the EP will have audiences connecting and conjuring up emotions of their own.”
Longtime Toronto collaborators Rich Kidd, Bryan Espiritu (The Leagends League) and Tona and Adam Bomb of the Freedom Writers have teamed up to create the supergroup, Naturally Born Strangers. With Espiritu spearheading the operation through his clothing line and Rich Kidd handling the produciton in its entirety, the MC trio lace the 13-track project with lyrical grit and grime.
“Naturally Born Strangers represents those born and raised different who don’t associate themselves with the common communal circles. It’s a proclamation of pride in the power of being disliked, unwanted or obscure, weird or foreign to the norm. It’s for the stranger and the more strange, the new community of outcasts, the antithesis to the neighborhood and the cynics of its circles. NBS is the umbrella title to those influenced by much, deterred by nothing and unknown the world over. It’s a reflection of our societies vision of “normal”. The queen is represented to create familiarity but has been tainted to identify the strange. It’s f*ck government, f*ck the system, f*ck money, f*ck fame, f*ck art.” – Bryan Espiritu and James McGurk of TheLegendsLeague
Toronto’s Jimmy B has just dropped off a 10-track project laced with great features and greater produciton. Humbly titled L.O.R.D.S., which stands for Life Only respects Da Successful, the album boasts verses from Denzil Porter and Mr. MFN eXquire, as well as production from Rich Kidd and MMac.
Foreshadowing what’s to come with his 2014 album, Toronto artist King Reign has just released a 6-track EP titled Reign Music Vol. 2. Having previously been signed to the Sony imprint, this EP is his first independent solo release, and definitely one worth checking out.
Toronto artist Jimmy B has released the visual treatment for “Fuck It Yo (F.I.Y.),” the latest track off his forthcoming project L.O.R.D.S. Produced by Tay Lewis and directed by Rajeevan Nithianythan, the track tells the tales of the streets while the clean and crisp visual compliments Jimmy B’s every word. L.O.R.D.S is set to drop Nov. 28th.
Toronto songstress Andreena has released her newest video, titled “Terminator,” of her debut album Naked. Co-Produced by Snaz Duppro and directed by The Russian, the video captures “Andreena’s unparalleled aptitude to skillfully trace the very human emotions of love, loss, and betrayal.”
Having already released “Dear God” and “Grey,” Toronto’s King Reign is back with his latest single off Reign Music Vol. 2, titled “The Future.” The cut, which features production from The Rezza Brothers, takes listeners on a journey to King Reign’s vision of “The Future.” Reign Music Vol. 2 is set to release November 25th.
After touring with The Weeknd on his Kissland Tour, L.A. singer Banks has captured the attention of many over the past year, including Toronto producer Sol X. Taking on her song “This Is What It Feels Like,” Sol X has to re-worked it into his own vision. Already capturing emotion and sensuality, Sol X has added whimsicality to “This Is What It Feels Like” pushing this song into an even greater mysterious audio experience.