Saturday, 25 November 2017

Somethin' Like That's New Music Video "Cordial"

   

  Somethin’ Like That, releases the official music video for the second single Cordial off of his debut commercial project Speech Rich Vol.1. The follow-up single was produced by Canadian music producer S.L.M.N. of the #gtawrk crew (as seen on Tracy T's “Millionaire Nightmares” ft. Torey Lanez and Roy Wood$ “Say Less”). The video was shot and edited by Canadian cinematographer and past NBL player Kamar Burke a.k.a. KB Kutz who recently featured one of his documentaries in the Canadian Film Fest.

Hard pressed to make an impact on the BC hip hop scene,  Somethin' Like has stepped his game up once again. The video was shot at an abandoned commercial property in West Kelowna, giving it the gloomy visual treatment to accompany the songs vibe. A conceptual track that sees Somethin' struggling with the conditions of societal norms. Or as he puts it:

"The driven footing and scrutinizing manner of this song shines through as it layers an ardent approach towards challenging the conceptions of the many things that are considered to be “cool” in today’s western culture as well the general impudence of society’s governance. The dual messages being expressed are tied together in the hook which examines how the “You ain’t invited, unless you gonna go hard” mentality is askew. The underlying meaning that also exists in the hook’s message, however, is that if you don’t go hard towards overcoming the conceptions and impudence, you won’t survive the chaos.     Within the verses Somethin’ draws parallels between the popular more prevalent views of society and of government. He speaks to how their bastardization from within has affected these institutions and how it is comparable to a bad trip or nightmare. The track’s distinct production and very spacious environment (courtesy of S.L.M.N. [beat], and Jamie Kuse of Creativ Music Centre [mixing & mastering]) accentuates the verve of the vocals and the effects in the mix highlight the edginess and turmoil involved in the analysis that is taking place.     The song’s experimentation with contrasting ideals and energetic values, while maintaining uplifting yet dark vibes through the sound and lyrics, allows for a unique listening experience. The depth of the track compels follow up exposures. The afterthought is meant to suggest that if you disregard the way society and the government want you to be, and just do you – stay driven and focused, that you can begin “turnin’ up the stakes, I know what it takes” – which is meant to light a fire in your heart and leave you questioning the structures we are confined within."
 - Somethin' Like That
 Somethin' Like That - Cordial (Official Video)
Prod. by S.L.M.N. - @prodbySLMN
Shot & Edited by KB Kutz - @thekbkutz
Mixed & Mastered by Jamie Kuse - @jamiekuse


 
 Find Somethin' Like That on social media:

'SPEECH RICH (VOL.1)’ is available now:
 iTunes/Apple Music: http://bit.ly/speechrich1ap 

Friday, 24 November 2017

Surrey's Brimlow is back with A Couple Drinks In

 
The young up-n-comer from Surrey known as Brimlow drops the new video Couple Drinks In.

 We have been keeping a close eye on Brim over the course of the last year. It was September of 2016 that we first hosted his track Miss The Drugs which was met with a surprising amount of enthusiasm from the community. He has shown an incredible amount of progression in a relatively short amount of time since then. From his delivery to his showmanship, he is presenting himself as a true emcee.

 Teaming up with 7 On It Production's Dale Andrew Villajuan, they enlisted the help of Dancers Aason "Ace" Torell and Brett Bowser to put together a simple yet visually captivating video while Brimlow finesses a girl over the beat with his slow, smooth flow.





Brimlow - Couple Drinks In Produced by DreamLifeBeats Engineered, Mixing, Mastering by DJ 151 Visual work: 7 On It Production Dancers: Aason "Ace" Torell - Brett Bowser " Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 2017


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

As the Stars Drift Away into Smoke And Ashes...

     

Vancouver's underground rap veteran Attikus is back again with the first video single off  of his fourth full length project UPROARSandDOWNPOURS. SMOKEandASHES touches base on some of the high profile deaths that have been on the forefront of pop culture over the course of the last century. From political assassinations to self inflicted deaths of movie stars, the song covers all bases. The long, single verse sandwiched between a female supported hook lays everything out. With a lengthy buildup full of imagery coupled with a barrage of nostalgia, the song definitely brings up old memories. The Luke Archibald directed video gives us glimpses of history old and new as it highlights some of the most iconic figures of our time, all of which ended in tragedy. Just like many of the people in the song, it too feels like it falls short at the end. With all the emotional buildup, the abrupt ending gives the story an unfinished feeling without any real message other than asking "why". The track itself is solid. Attikus effortlessly slides into the pocket with a smooth beat provided by Vago and there are some solid bars to be heard throughout. Overall, a good jam to sit back and smoke to.
  With the new record label Move Right Music at his back, Attikus has tour plans in Canada, USA and Europe in 2018 as he promotes his new album with his lady DJ Synductive on the decks,Vancouver beat box legend GBOXX and guitarist Kristopher James at his side.

 Video Directed by Luke Archibald - @lucrativesight

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Has Swollen Members Officially Gone Limp?



   It's no secret that The Vancouver super-group known as Swollen Members are past their prime. They once held an almost godly stature in Western Canadian hip hop for putting the city on the map so to speak. Most people over the age of 25 can recall how often "Bring It Home" or "Breathe" was on the MuchMusic rotation. Even after a long hiatus brought on by drug addiction and blacklisting due to gang affiliations, they managed to crawl back onto the Canadian scene. Madchild's 2012 return set the stage with his critically acclaimed solo album Dopesick and the following year the group reached their peak with their highest charting album Beautiful Death Machine coming in at number 3 on the Canadian albums chart. 2014 saw the next installment from Swollen Members with Brand New Day, an album met with less enthusiasm but still held it's ground in it's own respect. After that, however, not much has come from the group. They went along their separate ways with Madchild focusing on his solo career and Prevail pursuing his joint effort Alpha Omega with Neph. Prevail seemed to distance himself even further after the 2015 collision between Madchild and Snak The Ripper. While Snaks camp was very vocal in their support for their brother, there was nothing but crickets in Madchilds corner, save perhaps the backup he got from Pimpton and Demrick. Personally I thought that was the end of the Swollen era.

      
  What puzzles me is todays release of their music video for "Supreme Beings" It's their first music video released since 2014 and it isn't even a new song. Although the track was never officially released on an album, it is already 3 years old. The re-release isn't what has me scratching my head though. What I find odd is the execution. On top of the old audio, the video is a messy mix of re-hashed retro television and live performance footage more fitting of a newbie soundcloud rapper. The entire video feels both sloppy and rushed which to me doesn't make sense when you have 3 years to come up with something with a little more substance. A quick scroll through the comments reveals that the group is gearing up to release new content in 2018. If it's a new album they are speaking of, it would make this the start of their next promo campaign. For a dynasty group attempting to remain relevant, this doesn't seem to be the way to go about it. Although I generally try to stay away from negative reviews, there is just nothing good I can say about this release.

 Admittedly this is nothing more than early speculation, but the message this video is sending us is that we can expect the same old sound and subject matter coming our way. If they do go through with another album I don't expect it to be a complete flop. The group will always receive praise from their core fanbase. The creation of the "Baxwar" movement assured this. With fans investing so much of their time and energy into becoming part of a group, it makes letting go nearly impossible. An echo chamber brought on by the innate desire to be involved in something bigger held in place with a patch and a denim vest.
For the rest of us, don't hold your breathe.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments. Agree or disagree, we love hearing it all.


Swollen Members "Supreme Beings" Official Music Video. Supreme Beings is available for now online at http://flyt.it/SupremeBeings. Pre-order Madchild Dope Sick on vinyl online at www.SubNoizeStore.com and Battle Axe Holiday sale at http://www.shopbenchmark.com/battleaxe with $5 T-shirts and CDS. Produced by Rob The Viking Edited by Big Shot Music Inc. http://battleaxewarriors.com


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