In No Particular Order: November 18, 2016

Hello, snow! Fall is essentially over, and with winter suddenly sliding its way into our lives, that means it’s getting close to the busiest time of the year: album of the year picks. For all those wondering, I’ve started compiling my favourite records from 2016 into a nice, organized list. I’ve got a few in mind to take over the top spot… As always, you can check out the full list of new releases from the past week here, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to…

RBC Bluesfest – July 16, 2016

Although Saturday was slow to start, it wasn’t long before the entire festival was packed full with fans young and old (mostly young) for the day’s top headliners. Massive crowds made it nearly impossible to maneuver with ease around Lebreton Flats, but the weaving in and out of clusters was all worth it once you reached the stage. Day 8 was exciting nonetheless, and most importantly: it didn’t rain! Photographer Kamara Morozuk braved the crowds and captured all the excitement from Saturday night. Check out the concert galleries below featuring…

Festival Guide: RBC Bluesfest 2016 – July 16

With the final shows of RBC Bluesfest slowly creeping closer, Saturday will be the perfect distraction to the impending conclusion on Sunday. With a full grid of performances for Day 8, including a large number of local musicians, festival goers will be treated to some of the best in hip-hop, rock, and more – just as long as they know where to look. Check out our top picks for Saturday night, and head to the official Bluesfest website for more information. Noushka Claridge Stage: 1:00 – 2:00 Gatineau-based pop singer…

Frayd – Vacation EP

Ottawa electronic artist Frayd can boast he has opened for the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, and MSTRKFT in the past year – all before graduating high school. At only 18 years old, Gabe Roberge (a.k.a Frayd) has found his footing with the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Flume, and Porter Robinson. His debut full-length Mountain was released at the end of last year, but the young musician has kept his creative flow in motion with his newly released Vacation EP. The five track EP was a very collaborative effort, finding his features through Soundcloud. Roberge explains: “Before the…

Ursa Major – 5am/Intro

(If you like: The Weeknd, G-Eazy, dvsn)  Toronto multi-instrumentalist Ursa Major dropped his slow-burning alt-R&B track “Dusk” back in January to positive review, and now with that trippy, futuristic hit in hand, the young artist has returned with his latest single “5am/Intro”, which will be off his upcoming Lo-Fi Sky EP. The slick production playfully contrasts with Ursa Major’s relaxed delivery, throwing dense bass lines and psychedelic textures into the mix. Made for the late hours of the night, he explains the track’s paralleled meaning: “‘5AM’ discusses a person, down on their luck, escaping the normality of…

Baauer – Kung Fu ft. Pusha T & Future

(If you like: Diplo, Future, RL Grime)  Remember the “Harlem Shake”? Well the man behind the viral hit/dance-craze thinks it’s “corny and annoying as fuck”, which is why Baauer is excited to release his upcoming album Aa and move forward with his career. In fact, the early trapstep producer is embracing the popularity of the new trap/hip-hop genre with his latest hit “Kung Fu”, featuring big name hip-hop stars Pusha T and Future. Glossy synths, snare-clapping beats, and Pusha’s Auto-tuned vocals helps “Kung Fu” follow the cookie-cutter recipe for a club favourite. Aa drops…