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“Homie” ft. Cadence Weapon - Shad K + Skratch Bastid

soundcloud.com/shadk

“Homie” is a bangin tribute to travel and tripping back home by fellow Canadian road warriors Shad, Skratch Bastid, and Cadence Weapon. This song, along with the completed version of the demo release, “Peace”, will be part of a Shad + Skratch Bastid collaborative EP entitled The Spring Up to be released online before month’s end; a breezy, soulful collection completed shortly after the pair wrapped up work on Shad’s upcoming full-length, Flying Colours. In addition to the Cadence Weapon guest spot, the EP will feature a production assist from Bastid’s most recent touring partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff.”

Well, this is good news.

cadenceweaponmusic.com

skratchbastid.com

shadk.com

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“New School, Old School (Feat. Kayo)” by Classified

Every Classified album is like discovering a new hip-hop release from the classic era, with modern touch-ups. He’s also one of the few rappers who doesn’t seem to use collaborators as a prop just to get more names of the back cover. In this case he combines both these strengths for see-saw track with him and Kayo finishing off each other’s rhymes like it was the 80s even if Kayo prefers the Slim Shady era.

Oh and if you haven’t heard this yet, it’s the underground sleeper hit of the year for Canadians in the know.

classifiedofficial.com

kayomusic.com

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“Backyard Shade” by Beach Velvet (bandcamp)

I was going through the Hype Machine and discovered a set of songs that had been posted from an album I didn’t expect to get to the Hype Machine. Beach Velvet is a side project of Maple You Know, great lo-fi stuff from Prince George. I think this marks the first time a Prince George band has made it onto the Hype Machine, which in hipster internet terms is like making it onto Billboard. So pretty cool.

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“Time to Kill” by Gold & Youth (tumblr)

“Time to Kill just debuted at #25 on the CBC Radio 3 countdown. With your continued love and support it’s not impossible to imagine a day where we are at #24.” (facebook)

I liked these guys when they were the Raccoons and I used blogger to post music. I continue to like them in this incarnation. I said they’d be big, and it looks to be coming true.