“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.
“Headphones” by Mounties
A “supergroup” of Hawksley Workman’s, Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays and Ryan Dahle of Limblifter, this is not only catchy as heck, but the video pays tribute to Téléfrancais!, one of the weirdest bits of Canadiana you will ever come across. Here’s the video:
“Northern Touch” by Rascalz feat. Kardinal Offishal, Choclair, Checkmate, Thrust
I should have posted this for Canada Day, but whatever. Ain’t nobody can’t bang with us.
(jammed July 4th 2012)
“Oohwatanite” by April Wine
Any day that starts with April Wine will be a good day.
(jammed Jun 6th 2012)
“Rattle Your Cage” by Boxer the Horse (boxerthehorse.com)
I’ve never really listened to Boxer the Horse, but their new album is just great. Like an east-coast version of Apollo Ghost (I suppose it’s fully possible Apollo Ghost is a west-coast version of Boxer the Horse, but I digress). One of the best of 2012, for sure.
“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.
“The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids
How’d I miss this?
Source: SoundCloud / Polyvinyl Records
“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.