Backburner – Bottlecaps

The first single from Backburner’s Eclipse is now out. In celebration of St. Patrick’s day, lift a glass and enjoy this release. The whole album is also available through Hand’Solo Records & streaming on Bandcamp.

J Bru’s Greatest Hits – 12 Years and Counting




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Timbuktu – Lead By Example

Lead By Example is the third video from Timbuktu’s Stranger Danger.

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Directed by Caley MacLennan
Cinematography by Caley MacLennan and Daniel Jardine
Edited by James Dalziel
Colour / VFX by Sebastian Harder
Shout outs to Chokules, Wordburglar, Civilian, Ambition, More Or Les, Apt, Uncle Fester

Extra Science – April 29th – Halifax, NS – La Trinidade

Fraction and Fresh Kils Find A Perfect Balance With Extra Science

Fraction, one of Canada’s most lyrically-gifted emcee’s, along with established Toronto-based producer/engineer Fresh Kils released their first collaborative effort, Extra Science on April 5th. It was during one night at BeatLounge, an event featuring some of the GTA’s finest producers dropping beats in a competitive free round robin rotation, where what began as a simple idea in the wind led to a studio session a month later. “It wasn’t even supposed to be a studio session” says Fraction. “We just ended up vibing out and making something insane – that’s when I knew the creative chemistry was crazy.”

That chemistry can be heard in spades on Extra Science, dripping with a classic, soul-infused vibe and is the kind of record which will have fans of underground and mainstream hip-hop moving all the same. From the lyrically poignant title track which opens the record, the album maintains an intoxicating pace that rises and falls out of its own volition. Tracks like “Change” and “This Is My Life” occupy a space reminiscent of a smoky jazz club at 3 A.M. First single “The Balance,” a beautifully haunting peek into the psyche of these two highlights the album’s themes: importance of knowledge of self, knowing how to balance life’s variables all the while maintaining a grip on sanity. In short, Extra Science should be mandatory listening for all those who consider being stuck in a traffic jam as a serious problem in one’s life.

When one looks back at what Fraction and Fresh Kils have accomplished, you can see how Extra Science was in a sense, unavoidable. Fraction was named one of the winners of 91.5 the Beat’s Rhythm of the Future Contest in 2008. That same year, he released the hit single “My Way” featuring Canadian legend Saukrates to considerable acclaim. In 2011 he appeared on CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den promoting an educational LP. Fraction has performed with Raekwon, Akon, Nas, Redman, and Obie Trice among others. An Honours graduate of the Harris Institute, Fresh Kils has been in front of a soundboard since the early nineties, having toured the US and Europe with some of Canada’s most esteemed hip-hop artists including De La Soul, GZA, Kid Koala, and Buck 65. He is a JUNO nominated producer and engineer and his resume credits collaborations with notables including D-Sisive, Fabolous, and Ron Sexsmith.

Much like the BeatLounge surroundings which brought Fraction and Fresh Kils together, Extra Science is a record full of life, love and beats. It looks at the bigger picture and remembers a time when hip-hop was expressive, if not slightly rebellious at times but always endearing to those who treat it as the search for something bigger.

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“An album that sounds immediately familiar and inviting” – Scratched Vinyl

“That late 90s boom-bap feel with a 2012 shine” – City On My Back

“The extra-prolific Fresh Kils pairs with the hyper-verbose Fraction for a banger.” – Reductive Reviews

Heatwave – Backburner (Thesis, Timbuktu, Wordburglar, Jesse Dangerously, Chokeules & Jay Bizzy)

A-Jaxx – The Devil is Doe

We have another video from Halifax Transplant A-Jaxx, track Produced by Savilion. Check it out and look below the video for a link to his full album over on

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A-Jaxx – Live & Let Die

New video fromToronto-to-Halifax Transplant MC A-Jaxx. He’s been making moves with an LP due out this month called “The Devil is Doe” produced by Savilion ( He’s a member of Rock Family Records ( and they’ve been working on this release since August of 2010.

You may have seen A-Jaxx sharing the stage with the likes of “R.A. the Rugged Man, Edo G., Ghettosocks, Fresh Kils, and DJ Slam.” We wish him all the best out here on the East Coast and get at him for booking or more info by the information under the video. And here it is ‘Live & Let Die” produced by Anthony Kinsella of MH Productions.

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4 Releases from Big Moves & Low Pressure

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Joe Buck’s UP out on iTunes

We’re bringing you another release this week; this time from Truro’s own Joe Buck. The album was released as a limited run CD back in 2008 and now we’re bringing it to you worldwide available anywhere where iTunes sells music. The album was recorded at The Vault Studios in Halifax, NS and features production by Dexter Doolittle, Beatmason, Chris Noxx, Drow, Fresh Kils, J Billz and M-Mac. With tracks featuring lyrics from Jay Bizzy, Ghettosocks, Nicole, Ambition, Littles and Kool G Rap, Joe Buck’s UP is primed and ready for your eardrums pleasure. With Mixing and Mastering from Backburner Recordings artist Dexter Doolittle and Executive Producer Beatmason, UP is a truly collaborative offering and we’re happy to be the ones finally bringing it out for Digital Release.

SARS’s Verbal Virus on iTunes

SARS - Verbal Virus

Out now from’s AHH Digital and Ghost Town Syndicate, this 15 song full length album from Halifax’s SARS, features production from Ill Fated, Weapon X, Tut The Instrumentalist, Oscar Mike, Sean Strange, Arch NME, Basshead and Scotty Soul. Also featuring lyrics from Weapon X, Morse Code, Decent of Rusto Fats, Sean Strange, Arch NME, Doap Nixon of A.O.T.D., Enterprize and Razual Allah 7 of LCOB. The album was recorded at The Vault Studios in Halifax, NS and was mixed & mastered by Beatmason and Dexter Doolittle of Backburner Productions. Cuts by Ill Fated, Beatmason and DJ Trixxx. For more go to:


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Body Harvest Review Banned by The Coast

Artist: Arch NME
Album: Body Harvest EP
Release Date: 12/20/2009
Label Name: Stronghold Digital

Here’s the Review for ArchNME’s Body Harvest EP that was banned from being published in the Coast.

–Written by M. Kimber

ArchNME’s Body Harvest offers Halifax hardcore hip hop fans the punch in the mouth they have been looking for. Beats by underground legend Al’Tarba, features of hardcore rap legends Ill Bill and Planet X make this album explode. Brothers and emcee partners Weapon X and Morse Code rep Nova Scotia with a passion and represent a profoundly “Hali” based hardcore hip hop sound. It reminds me of Jedi Mind Tricks, while I don’t really like what they say, as Morse Code talks about beating up his girlfriend and Weapons comments on “homos” it happens to sound amazing. This album speaks to the anger of a generation who wanted more than life would give them. Body Harvest says if the world won’t give it to you…then take it for yourself. And despite my dislike for certain elements of the content they do it well and force me to listen again and again.

Arch NME’s Body Harvest EP on iTunes

ArchNME's Body Harvest EP

Out now from’s new Digital Label AHH Distribution and Stronghold Digital, this 7 song EP from Halifax’s ArchNME, Weapon-X, Morse Code, Produced by Al’Tarba with Cuts from Uncle Fester and Metropolis Votary and mixed/mastered by Beatmason of The Vault Studios. Check out more @


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Michael Kimber – Last Night

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Chapter 1: Me: 3:21 (download mp3)

Chapter 2: Man on the Moon: 1:42 (download mp3)

Chapter 3: One of the Guys: 1:39 (download mp3)

Chapter 4: Ball of Sunshine: 2:49 (download mp3)

Chapter 5: The Heroes: 1:54 (download mp3)

Chapter 6: Girls: 1:49 (download mp3)

Chapter 7: Thirteen: 1:45 (download mp3)

Chapter 8: The Day Bobby Got Laid: 4:02 (download mp3)

Chapter 9: Why Do I Love You Like I Do: 3:15 (download mp3)

Chapter 10: Angels: 2:55 (download mp3)

Chapter 11: What Can You Say?: 3:25 (download mp3)

Chapter 12: Come Buy Me: 3:41 (download mp3)

Chapter 13: Last Night: 3:15 (download mp3)

Chapter 14: The Day: 1:50 (download mp3)


The idea behind the project was to create a rap album that followed a musical and lyrical narrative from beginning to end to tell the story of Bobby Pilsner as he looked back at his life on the last night of childhood. To do this I wanted to bring together classic beatmaking, live instruments and give ultimate respect to the DJ while creating an album with more in common with Pink Floyd’s the Wall than say Jay-Z’s Blueprint. We set out to emphasize a story not just moving from beginning to end but growing in complexity through the incidents that define us(family, friends and future): we used repetitions of themes, lyrics and story all set in musical and lyrical motifs to try to capture a little bit of what is like to grow up in a place like Halifax, Nova Scotia. All musicians involved had a defined part in the filling in the concept of this album, from Y-rush scratching elements of Song 9 where Bobby and his girlfriend come into trouble in song 8 where they meet, to Jennica singing different renditions of Hush Little Baby on track 4 and 13, the meaning of this repetitions change with the context of the album. Last Night is about growing up, being a kid, falling in love and trying to be an adult. It’s a journey that I hope you enjoy taking as much as I enjoyed making it. This is a work of fiction but Bobby and I have something in common, we both use music to escape the difficulties of our lives, I hope this music lets you do the same thing.


First and foremost I need to say thank you to Justin Kinch. Without him this project would have been impossible, he worked with me for hundreds of hours, developing the beats, helping me develop my delivery. Most of all Justin gave me the confidence to get back into rapping again. DJ Yrush, HermitoftheWoods, Peter Gorman, Jennica Lounsbury, Tom Macdonald, Phil Mackenzie, Jack Mcguire and Jeremy Francis all deserve ridiculous thanks for their brilliant contributions to this album. I was lucky enough to get to make an album with many of my best friends in the world. I would also like to thank the Halifax Hip Hop community for all the love and the hate, PRD for making me a rapper and Dave Plowman for believing me in Grade 11 when I said that I rapped. And as always this goes out to future wife named Something.


Executive Produced by Michael Kimber

Written, Directed and Narrated by Michael Kimber

Production by Justin Kinch

DJ Y-rush is the album’s DJ (cuts, scratches, song transitions)

All tracks mixed and mastered by Hermitofthewoods (Herbert)

Lead Keys – Peter Gorman (except for track number one, and all of track 14 is him)

Trumpet: Tom Macdonald (tracks 3,4,6,9,11, 12, 13)

Saxophone: Phil Mackenzie (3,4)

Bobby’s Mother Voice: Jennica Lounsbury (4, 13)

Bobby’s Singing Voice: Jeremy Francis (1,8,9,10,11,12)