Category Archives: R&B

2nd Son x Allie – All For You

All For you

In the midst of all the snow, slush and god forsaken wind shield fluid that does more damage then good, all we need is just a little break; a glimpse of summer that seems to be an eternity away. Insert the duo of Toronto producer 2nd Son and soul queen prodigy Allie to give their rendition of what it’s like to walk in the sun again.

After releasing their EP “Strange Creatures”, which garnered a handful of local and national gigs (NXNE, CMJ, Manifesto), 2nd Son x Allie bring us another soulful collaboration that makes you move and warms your soul. The hand-clapping snares, dream like synths and punchy beats from 2nd Son, along with Allie‘s every so soulful vocals allow us to dream away the cold and walk along the sand, despite all the frost bites.

It may be a little while until we are graced with a full length LP from this dynamic duo, but until then, bundle up, grab some cocoa, press play and let your ears do the warming.


Allie – Rlctnt Hstlr


I’m not a composer, nor a beat maker, i’ve dabbled on making a few originals but nothing of relevance…but man do I wish I could make a beat like this. From Producer 2nd Son and up-and-coming singer/songwriter Allie, comes one of the most original sounds that has come out of Toronto. A combination of Reggae, Jazz, and even Amazonian, (Raggazzonian – yup that just happened, thank me later 2nd Son), Allie and 2nd Son fuse together super rich vocals, illusive guitar riffs and a boat load of reverb throughout their first EP entitled Strange Creature. 

2nd Son was kind enough to show me first hand his work and composition of “Rlctnt Hstlr”. His arrangements, ideas and constant musical train of thought is not only impeccable (boarder line obsessive) but inspiring as well. This duo of of Allie & 2nd Son is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

For Fans Of: Santigold, M.I.A, Yeasaye


Drake – Too Much


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


Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home

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It’s hard not to jump on the hater train when it comes to Drake. The imagery he tries to portray is hard to relate to when it comes to hard working people like you and I; but I must say he is a talented guy and he surrounds himself with other talented people. His latest release “Hold On We’re Going Home” steers clear from the heavy iso beats of the 808 and relinquishes his R&B repertoire, which he flourished during the “HoustAtlantaVegas” & “Find Your Love” days.

For someone who has so much star power as Drake, yet reps his home town anywhere he goes, and treats Toronto with one of the biggest festivals of the year, yea ill jump back on the band wagon.

For Fans Of: J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel


PS. Drake’s third album Nothing Was The Same will release September 17th

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You (Live)

Alicia Keys Plays Auckland

Trust me, if you haven’t heard the live version of “If I Ain’t Got You”, this will be a brand new experience. It’s not only Alicia Keys’ stage presents and magnificent voice, in fact, it’s everything around her. The orchestra, the drums, the back up singers, the composition, the added epicness, watch and be amazed….again.

If you see me rocking out in the car, head banging, flaring arms, and singing at the top of my lungs, it’s most likely because of this performance. Rock on Alicia Keys, Rock on.

For Fans of: Alicia Keys (duh), Adele, Aretha Franklin


Nylo – Fool Me Once


So I admit that my R&B knowledge is subpar, but even I know that this genre needs some sort of resurgence. Unfortunately for me I was born right after the peak era of R&B, when artist such as Aaliyah, K-CI and Jo Jo, Boyz 2 Men & TLC all took the genre to new heights.  My sister was the one who introduced me to the genre, and though I regretfully took her advise for granted, I now know why R&B played such a pivotal role. Here is me trying to pay her back…

NYLO has a long way to go before she puts a new face to R&B, but she definitely has the voice to propel her there.

Thank you @kristine8D for the suggestion.