Lo Profile is a rap artist from Buffalo, New York. His sound is direct, upfront and in-your-face, with an energetic flow that reminds of the greats of the genre, including 2Pac, Nas, Biggie Smalls or 50 Cents, just to mention a few.
In his life, this artist had to overcome quite a few struggles: the harsh life in the streets, the death of close friends, family issues…however, he set out to rise above and make the most out of his opportunities with his unique approach and motivated character.
Lo Profile’s songs are a great showcase of his unique lyrical mastery, as well as his ability to turn a beat into a powerhouse of punchy grooves and catchy melodies. This skilled wordsmith and performer has a smooth and consistent flow, which sits perfectly well within the mix.
Freedom Baby is a boyfriend-girlfriend duo. They met at a local Toronto show that they both performed at back in 2013. The fell in love with each other's record collections and then with each other. In 2016 they decided to try making records together.
It was after a while of experimenting with electronic sounds and orchestral elements that they came up with “Video Daydream”. The combination of Brianna’s voice paired with Eric’s arrangements creates a dreamy and melancholic experience.
"We arranged the song with a Snakes & Ladder game board as our blueprint. Each melody and instrument snakes and climbs from one place to another and each time you play something new is going to reveal itself. "
"Cruel" comes from a place of honestly trying to listen and hear other people’s experience of the world - particularly those whose voices are often silenced and shut down. those voices we need to be listening to and raising up right now.
“Cruel” was produced by Kindness (Robyn, Solange, Blood Orange) along with the rest of Adrian Underhill's debut album which is set for release later this year. The 10 songs on ‘CU Again’ are the culmination of many years of sonic exploration. Having grown up in Vancouver before moving to Montreal and then Toronto, spending time in rock bands and making lo-fi recordings on his own, before moving towards a 70s songwriter vibe infused with a more modern production style & sound.
"On ‘Cruel’, I was lucky to have Damon Riddick (DāM-FunK) on drums, Keith Eaddy on bass and Blue May on guitar with those perfectly placed guitar licks. I love how the live drums and bass sit over top of the samples and drum machine giving the track a unique rhythmic backdrop that keeps pushing you forwards."
Dore Mear Beon is a solo recording project by Andrew Sagriff. The project mixes math rock, progressive rock and post rock elements to envelope an intricate yet emotive sound.
"A Commending Paean for the Forgotten Henrietta Swan Leavitt" is a full length album by Dore Mear Beon. It is emotive progressive instrumental rock album, layered with an album narrative that explores cosmological and human themes, mixing the personal with the universal which reflects the music's balance of intricate song structures with affective harmonies.
“Seventeen, Baby” hooks from the get-go, with late-night brass and a smoothly paced rhythm section establishing the feel. The vocals begin with a subdued presence, though escalate as the track progresses, going as far to compare to Jeff Buckley’s emotional presence at points.
The “seventeen, baby” pause – followed by the smattering of brass – is an excellent mid-point placement, guiding into a final minute that’s beautifully capped off by a vocal turn into smooth R&B, for a fleeting moment.
"Seventeen, Baby" started out as purely electronic track made by Richard, the guitar player. "We liked it very much and started experimenting with it, playing it together live and it slowly formed to its current form," the band explains. "There were, however, empty parts in the beginning and in the middle and we immediately felt that trumpet would do magic there. Fortunately, we have a friend who is a trumpet player and he played a beautiful trumpet link in the parts we wanted and even in other parts of the song to enhance the emotion. It is the only track that has a guest musician in it from the album."
"We´re kinda like black sheep on the scene, a four-piece: a natural shredder, a drummer, a singer, and a misanthrope. Our history began sometime in the fall of 2010. Since then, we´ve played any genre that the critics and fans could come up with. We come from a relatively small town of Prešov, in a relatively small country of Slovakia, so we´re relatively humble but somewhere deep inside, everyone of us wants to sell out and buy a roadster. Our mutual goal is to be idolized sometime in the future, just like motivation speakers or cat videos."
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.