Monthly Archives: September 2013

Another City – Distance

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This is the first track I heard from my friends at Another City and it’s a beauty. This Toronto based band carry a confident and catchy repertoire with them throughout their debut EP. 

With the dynamic duo of Sarah Budden and Ben Elliot on vocals, mixed with some catchy ass guitar riffs and banging drums, Another City represents the best of the up-and-coming from Toronto. Keep an eye out for these guys..and gal.

For Fans of: Paramore, Bad Religion, Say Anything

Ps: Check out Another City‘s EP here: http://anothercity.bandcamp.com/album/another-city-ep

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Koncept – Aspirations

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I have been obsessing over this song as of late. Vinyl sampling is my kryptonite and Koncept, an aspiring rapper from Queen’s New York, delivers a gritty Brooklyn flow to an aspirational theme.

It doesn’t take much to put together a beat mixed with some lyrics in between. Although it does take talent to keep a steady flow and have a banging beat to keep the audience wanting more. Keep a look out for Koncept and his crew “Brown Bag All-Stars”

For Fans of: Oddisee, Common, Classified

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Drake – Too Much

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Love him or hate him, Drake continues to find ways to broaden his popularity. Whether celebrating with the Miami Heat after game 7, or releasing his third studio album, Drake is one of the hottest hip-hop stars to date. That, and he represents the city of Toronto to the fullest, so I can’t be mad at that.

For his third single off Nothing Was The Same entitled “Too Much”, Drake collaborates with artist Sampha (Formally known for his work on SBTRKT). Everything about this track is fantastic; the introduction (where you can hear “40” speaking to Sampha), to the sampling of Sampha’s voice in the beat, along with the lyrical flow of Drake. “Too Much” is a great representation of what his third album is all about; a smooth flow with a powerful hook.

For fans of: J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z

Ps. Nothing Was The Same will be released on September 24th

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Flyte – Over And Out

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Doesn’t it feel like music now-a-day has lost it’s touch; a lot of touch? It’s like somewhere down the line we misplaced it and replaced it with what ever genre you call it. But bands like Flyte, whose nonchalant sound mixed with their funky tell-tail lyrics and upbeat guitar almost reincarnates the sounds of The Clash and The (early) Strokes

“Over and Out” may not go as far as reincarnating what we lost in the 80’s and early 90’s funk rock era, but it’s definitely a breath of fresh air.

For Fans Of: The Strokes, The Clash, The Kooks

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Ps. You can check out their three song EP at http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/aug/28/new-band-of-day-flyte

Coldplay – Atlas

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For the people who know me best, they know how much I love Coldplay. I have a few bands on the top of my list, but Coldplay are one of the few that stand alone. Their creativity, their beautiful use of colour, their emphatic energy both on and off stage, and their music speaks volumes to generations old and new. I have been through arguments and debates on which Coldplay album is their best (cough Parachutes cough), but ever since their 2011 release of Mylo Xyloto, I have been patiently waiting for a new Coldplay song to serenade my ears; my patience has paid off.

Since “Atlas” is based off the Hunger Games upcoming film Catching Fire, “Atlas” sounds very theatrical at times. That’s not to say it’s bad, on the contrary, it sounds much like their unreleased material such as “Moving To Mars”, “Gravity” & “Where Is My Boy”. In my opinion, I believe Coldplay has much more up their sleeve and I doubt that “Atlas” will make the cut for their sixth studio album. Let me know what you guys think. Yah or Nah on “Atlas”, and do you think it’ll make the cut?

For Fans Of: Muse, Arcade Fire, U2

PS. Here are the lyrics written by Coldplay

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PPS. When Emma Stone yells “JOHN MAYER” during Friends with Benefits? Yup, that’s how I feel about Coldplay.

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Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

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I always thought that the Arctic Monkeys were a result of Muse and The Black Keys having an eccentric English baby. Their grungy guitars and heavy looping bass, those electric drum beats and that oh so familiar raspy voice of lead singer Alex Turner, the Marlboro smoking boys of Arctic Monkeys are back in full force with their new album AM. 

As much as I miss the fast paced sound of “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor”, “BrainStorm” & “Crying Lightening”, AM seems to pull the band to a more mature, rhythmic direction. It’s a change of pace for sure, i’m just glad that my motto for a Rock & Roll band is still intact: Sex, Sleep, Play, Repeat.

For Fans Of: The White Strips, The Black Keys, Muse

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PS. AM will be released September 10th

Gustavo Santaolalla – The Last Of Us

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You know those people who say they want music playing in the background during events or milestones in their lives? “Like in the movies” they would say. Well, this would be my background music…

Just think about it: Waking up in the morning: The Last Of US. Driving to work: The Last Of US. Going to class: The Last Of Us. Making love…Ok maybe not that, but you get the point. The game is incredible and it’s only fitting to have a renowned composer like Gustavo Santaolalla compose the soundtrack. If you’re a fan of the game, I definitely recommend listening to the soundtrack, you’ll gain much more appreciation for the overall gameplay.

For Fans Of: Greg Edmonson, Hans Zimmer, John Williams

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Ps. I have yet to finish the game, so no spoilers!