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Album Review | Oddisee – The Iceberg

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“I remember when I discovered purpose.”

Apollo Brown, L’ Orange, Mr. Lif, and Kool Keith; These are some of the artists that belong to Mello Music Group, a label that “sounds beautiful like the truth”. Stacked alongside their cast of artists stands the rapper/producer known as Oddisee, whose brand of wordplay paints a canvas of topics that are controversial in today’s heated social and political realms. Oddisee crafts intelligent hip-hop without getting lost behind modern-day production techniques. His music is simple but also progressive in multiple ways. Over the past 12 months, Oddisee has been paving a trail of album releases infused with luscious instrumentation.  Continue reading Album Review | Oddisee – The Iceberg

Memorecks | Toronto’s Favorite Pad-Pushing Producer

Music is an art without boundaries, and beat-making is no exception. Live beat production has created several doors that lead to infinite possibilities, and Memorecks breaks them down with a sledgehammer. Meet the producer from Toronto who is shaking skulls with his Maschine MkII and an arsenal of one-shot samples. Continue reading Memorecks | Toronto’s Favorite Pad-Pushing Producer

Exploring the Legendary Akai MPC Pads

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Beats. Rhymes. Life.

The kick and snare are the dual hearts of hip-hop music. A good beat can bring life to dead wordplay. Instrumental hip-hop is a beautiful form of grime in it’s own light. Many purists, like myself, enjoy just spinning a good 16-bar phrase. Sometimes that’s all you really need to catch an ear and spark the synapses. 9/10 your favorite beat from the 90s was produced on an Akai MPC.

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Nurturing The Underground | Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

(Above) Chris Manak a.k.a. Peanut Butter Wolf

Revolution: A Vinyl Record Documentary — RIDE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Here’s a stellar mini-documentary from Ride Music & Entertainment about the sub-culture surrounding vinyl records, turntablism, and the heart-driven memories and experiences that belong to the dusty-fingered nomads who build black stacked mountains. Continue reading Revolution: A Vinyl Record Documentary — RIDE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Heart of Vinyl | Mobile Vinyl Record Store Visits Breweries

The thought of a mobile record store sparks a chemical reaction in the brain comparable to the sugar buzz a 5-year-old gets when cotton candy graces his taste buds for the first time. Listen close kids. Heart of Vinyl is a pop-up record store that travels to different cities and sets up shop near – wait for it – breweries! 

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