In No Particular Order: November 25, 2016

Is it just me, or were there very few Black Friday brawls surfacing around the internet this past weekend? Is this a sign that people are starting to ditch the materialistic insanity that is store-crashing fights? Maybe people are realizing that if they didn’t get the last 60″ TV or over-priced coffee machine, their Christmas shopping was not ruined? Or were most of the phones recording the action broken in a dramatic crossfire of left hooks and hair pulling? Maybe new iPhone just really, really slow at uploading videos to Facebook… Either…

Frank Ocean – Nikes (Official Music Video)

Fans have been patiently awaiting the latest Frank Ocean release for almost four years; the R&B singer dropped his debut album Channel Orange back in 2012, and his follow-up was teased and dangled in front of fans for well over a year. Boys Don’t Cry – which was the rumoured name of the record – has been officially released as Blonde, available now through iTunes. Ocean has also mentioned there will be a second version of the album, an exclusive physical copy that will be only available at select pop-up locations. Previewed by the visual album Endless earlier…

Cleopold – Altitude & Oxygen EP

  (If you like: Chet Faker, Cherub, Milky Chance)  You hear the name Chet Faker, and for fans of the nu-singer/songwriter, crystallized R&B flavours matched with minimalist electro-pop textures come to mind, as he gracefully croons stories and emotions overtop. So its of no surprise when Australian musician Cleopold signed with Faker’s label Detail Records to release his debut Altitude & Oxygen EP. Available today, Altitude & Oxygen is a 5-track collection of Cleopold’s original material, but with an uncanny resemblance to Faker. Needless to say, fans will find an enjoyable sense of familiarity with the new album,…

Erich Mark – Drowning Out ft. Maurice Moore

(If you like: The Weeknd, J Cole, TK the Architect) Ottawa/Toronto-based hip-hop artist Erich Mrak released his latest collection V EP back in January of this year. Even after facing obstacles which forced back the release of V, Mrak was back to studio to work on his upcoming effort Hideaway.  From the forthcoming record, “Drowning Out” shows a more pensive, fragile side of Mrak. The song circulates around the tragic consequences of drinking and driving, touching on personal experiences. Bringing back Ottawa musician Maurice Moore (who was featured on “For You”), the new single captures the slow-burning, fuel…

Sara Diamond – Just Give In

(If you like: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande)  Montreal singer-songwriter Sara Diamond seems to have two sides to her sound: On one end, she’s known for singing the American national anthem at Montreal Canadiens hockey games and singing kids songs for KIDZUP records. On the other hand, Sara Diamond is a tantalizing R&B songstress, teasing with her angelic voice on her debut single “Just Give In”. Produced by Noah Barer and Cavewerk (the same pair who have worked with nu-R&B artist Matthew Chaim), Sara Diamond loans her soft, gentle voice to…

Matthew Chaim – Vanilla Ways

  (If you like: The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Alex Wiley)  Toronto vocalist Matthew Chaim links his biggest influence to the early recordings of Childish Gambino, writing punch line rap, and eventually providing the boundary-pushing inspiration for his new age hip hop style. After recently sharing the stage with Lil Dicky and Alex Wiley in Toronto, Chaim has released his latest single “Vanilla Ways”. Venturing off into the electro-infused genre of nu-R&B, Chaim loans his downtempo vocals as a chilled layer overtop the dense, bass-guided production from Noah Barer, Cavewerk, and Francis Duchesne. Lyrically…