Friday, August 16, 2013

6 Recommendations

I can't believe it's mid August already and that majority of the summer festivals are done for another year.  I only made it out to a few - much to my chagrin.  I make a promise to the music Gods that I'll make up for this come September/October.  

No matter what the weather this summer the music being released is HOT. There's so many great albums, singles and videos out there right now.  Something for everybody and some of the finest each genre has produced in some time.

Here's a quick list of recommended listening and watching from me to you.

Big Sean feat. Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica - 'Control'

Kendrick's verse raised the bar on this release.  The reaction went wide and solidified Kendrick's place as Rap Royalty.  Dr. Dre's protege is the real deal and may have just forced the rap game to become better.  It's exciting and coming straight out of Compton once again.  

Drake - 'Hold On We're Going Home'

Toronto is on the map.  Not only is it on the map - it's fast becoming the place to be and is well equipped with the talent from singers, rappers, producers and more.  Drake's latest track featuring Toronto's Majid Jordan is unreal.  This is my favourite track of the year.  Drake showed the World that he's in top form at this summer's OVO Festival as he brought out TLC, Ma$e, Diddy, J. Cole and even Yeezus to name a few.  Drake's new album drops on September 17th and I for one cannot wait.

Lorde - 'Tennis Court'

You are likely familiar with her breakout hit 'Royals' by now as it's garnering some serious buzz around the globe.  She's definitely no one hit wonder though and has lots of room to grow.  New Zealander Lorde is a mere 16 years of age and is killing it.  Dig deeper with this artist - it's refreshing to hear this is what the new 16 year old brings to the table. 

SonReal - 'Everywhere We Go'

Hailing from the West Coast of Canada rapper SonReal has finally hit his stride.  This is one of the coolest tracks and beats I've heard coming out of Canada in a while.  The video is next level and so fucking great.  Very proud to say that MuchFACT played a part in funding this video. 

Sterephonics - 'Violins and Tamborines' 

This Welsh band are one of my favourite acts of all time.  They're the whole package in my eyes as they bring harmonies, songwriting, guitar riffs and stadium sounds to each and every track.  Their forthcoming album gets released in early September and I've had the pleasure of hearing it in advance.  There are once again some subtle Tragically Hip references on the album as the band pay homage to Kingston's own.  Stereophonics somehow grew-up in the 90s listening to what most Canadians did including our beloved Tragically Hip.  Check this beauty stand-out track when you have a chance.

The Weeknd - 'Kissland'

A colleague of mine came by my office the other day so excited to play me this track.  He had just discovered that the album cut was not the same as the video to which we have become familiar.  The album version is longer and could be mistaken for 2 tracks in one.  Once again we discover that Toronto is a hot bed for talent as The Weeknd is poised to take over once this new album entitled 'Kissland' gets released on September 10th.

Thanks for listening,