Toronto emcee/producer Muneshine has been making music for years at this point. He’s had a busy and varied career up, working with D-Sisive on his excellent Jonestown series of albums, and collaborating with groups like Wolves and Twin Peaks. His last solo effort was 2012’s There Is Only Today, an excellent establishment of his sound as a solo artist. With his latest album, In Transit, he picks up right where he left off.
The Extremeties are the Halifax-Toronto production duo of Uncle Fester and Fresh Kils. They’ve released two full length albums at this point, with the second album serving as something of a departure from the first. This is because the project began several years ago, when Uncle Fester was given unprecedented access to CBC jazz session recordings. Their first album, The Mint Condition, featured lots of great jazz-based hip hop production because of this.
When you’re part of a crew like Backburner, the Toronto hip hop group that has a roster a mile long, it can be a little difficult to establish your own voice as a solo artist. However, this group is made up of some pretty unique personalities, and while Chokeules might not be as well-known as some of the other members, he’s certainly working on getting his own voice heard. He’s been part of Swamp Thing, which also features Timbuktu and Savilion, who have released two albums in the past two years, and he has released one solo album prior to this.
The 33 1/3 series of books is one of the more interesting series of publications, and one of great interest to most music fans. If you’re not familiar with the series, each entry takes on one album, and it’s up to the author to decide what method is best to discuss the album and why it’s significant. It can be conceptual, it can be a long interview, it can be historical – it’s up to the author of that particular volume to make it work.
christoph el’truento is a young producer/composer from Aukland who has done a lot to distinguish himself in a short amount of time, both working with groups like @peace and as a solo artist. His latest solo EP further establishes himself as a forward-thinking, abstract electronic/hip hop musician to watch out for.
Even though both artists on this project are from Sudan, as of the recording of this EP, they had yet to meet each other in person. Emcee Toofless is from Sharjah, and producer SufYan is from Khartoum. Hopefully, they’ll get to meet and perform together soon, because this EP sounds like the start of something good.
Toonorth is a producer out of Ashland, Oregon, and is part of the Wizards Only beat crew. He hasn’t been releasing music for all that long, but in a short time he managed to get the attention of the British label Collective Resonance. As he makes his debut for the label with this full length album, he also introduces himself to a lot of new listeners.
Low Leaf is a one woman musical project from Los Angeles. She’s been making music for a few years now, releasing a couple of solo projects, along with working with the likes of Flying Lotus. One her latest project, AKASHAALAY, she draws upon her Pilipino heritage as inspiration as she takes us through a musical journey that brings in all sorts of genres of music.
Just a few weeks after dropping his last release, the excellent Yasiin Gaye: The Return, Nashville producer Amerigo Gazaway is already back with another project to drop just in time for the summer. This time it’s the third volume in The Big Payback, a series devoted to remixing the work of James Brown. The first volume was done by DJ Scratch, and the second volume was done by J.Period. This time it’s Gazaway’s turn, and it’s as fun as you might expect.
British duo The Herbaliser released their seventh album, There Were Seven, in 2012 after a four year hiatus. It was an excellent album, and very well received. As they toured, though, they came to realize just how much the way musicians connect with each other had changed. As they traveled and performed, they connected with a myriad of fans and fellow musicians that they had first made contact with online. This remix project was born as they came to know a new generation of producers, deejays, emcees, and other musicians.