Iskwe has always gravitated towards darker, deep-cut, bottom-heavy sounds, it’s what resonates with her creativity - politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip hop breakbeats. This is captured fully on her new single Soldier . The single comes from her new album The Fight Within, out October 13 2017.
"It's impossible to know what shape our planet will be in several generations down the road. What I do know is that we need to do better. Soldier is for all the protectors of our land, our water and our future generations. While my music is undoubtedly a source of deep, personal strength for me, it is also a form of protest––protest against the continued hardships of the North American Indigenous community, protest against flippant legislature failing to protect our lands and waterways, and protest against fallout women face when speaking out on issues within the music industry. I speak my mind about my culture and gender. I’ve never been timid or shy about addressing those sorts of topics in my music because that’s not my spirit - I was raised to be loud about the things I believe in! I intend to honor my heritage and stand steadfast in my viewpoints while creating music that rings true to myself as an artist."
"TRE is a music composer and producer from India. He has a very chilled vibe to his tracks with some fresh new sounds to his electronic music work. The music created by TRE has a great composition value with his chilled melody tunes and sweet Bongo work. This perfectly gives a great summer vibe to his tunes. He recently remixed an official track with Texas Pop/Rock band "January May" for the track "The Road". He is definitely on his way to create more new sounds with his electronic project TRE."
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."
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.