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.
Here it is: ECLIPSE Cover artwork by Ghettosocks!!! Be one of the first to get the album next SATURDAY FEB 28th at Rancho Relaxo (Toronto) featuring live performances by BACKBURNER CREW www.facebook.com/events/432281566918976/?pnref=story
Reconnecting the hip-hop scene in Halifax
DJ Uncle Fester and MC Ghettosocks will be talking about Droppin’ Science, a new hip-hop music night at The Company House, and about re-connecting a fragmented scene in our city.
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
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.
Stream the album here: http://fraction.bandcamp.com/album/fraction-fresh-kils-extra-science-2012?permalink
“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
1st Single for the highly anticipated 3rdburglar LP Dropping May 2012!
Get it on Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/rhyme-oclock-maxi-single-ep/id510434414
TORONTO CD RELEASE MAY 11th @ EL MOCAMBO:
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Lyrics by WORDBURGLAR & MORE OR LES
Beat by Fresh Kils
Cuts by Uncle Fes
Presented by The NE! Creative Group
Produced by Shut Up & Colour Pictures
Directed by J.Levangie
Executive Producers: John Nadalin, RT!,
Produced by: Marc Tetreault & Rinku DasGupta
DOP: Catherine Lutes
Editor: Jason Levangie Rob Tough
Colourist: Doug Woods