Grammy and Juno winner David Strickland, who has worked with Drake, Sade and Method Man, will release his debut album, "Spirit of Hip Hop", on eONE later in 2018. He has directed a new video for the previously track, "Rez Life" featuring Que Rock, Drezus, Violent Ground, Joey Stylez and Hellnback. There's something of the cream of the Wu-Tang Clan and a shaker of Buck 65 to it, something of the spirit of hip hop nation and the Halluci-nation.
The smooth grooves of Charlotte Day Wilson continue with the release of her new single, "Stone Woman", also the title of her EP, out Friday Feb 23 2018. The track winds its way into a conclusion Feist would be proud off, (guessing here, don't know her, but I am confident in the guess).
Hot Chip Alexis Taylor digs deep into the heady daze of 90's House on the titular "Beautiful Things" from his new solo album on Domino. Can you dig it, can you feel the fingers?
Iskwe sent SlowCity.ca this track and we are happy to share it with you all. We are at a crossroads in this country and the question is not which direction do we take but if we take it together. We hope we take it together, in particular if the phenomenal Tanya Tagaq is onside.
"I'm proud of who we are as Indigenous people. I'm proud of what we've fought for, and how we continue to fight for our culture, our languages, our children, our women, our men, our earth and our water. But I'm also proud of all my non-Indigenous family and friends who continue to fight alongside us. This song is for all of us. Let's dance together!," says Iskwe, a resident now of Hamilton but originally from Winnipeg.
Toronto-based Skye Wallace will release her new single, "Swing Batter," on International Women's Day (March 8 2018). The track is a determined march against domestic abuse and for women's rights, highlighting the 1911 case of Angelina Napolitano. It has a seven nation army stomp with Annie Lennox leading the charge vibe. The single will be launched with a show at Array Music in TO. Lydia Persaud, Winona Wilde, Merival, and jes sachse are also on that bill. Part of the proceeds will go to Sistering, a multi-service agency for at-risk, precariously housed women. Wallace will also be striding into the Whitby Curling Club March 14 with The Blank Ends.
While we are waiting for March here's a couple of tracks to get your pogo on to.
Our pals at River 'n Sky have launched a new festival, Shiver 'n Sky, to be held Monday Feb 19 2018 at Field, West Nipissing. Our pals (we have a lot of pals) Dany and Jeannette (of The Looks) are among the musical guests. Also performing Rose-Erin Stokes, Lazy Daisies and Little Junior. In true River 'n Sky style it will be family friendly and fun. Ice skating, saunas, hamburgers from Daylew Farms, vegan chili, cob oven bannock, as well as baked goods and free hot chocolate and coffee. Tickets are $20, $10 for 2017 R&S volunteers and children under 16 get in free if they bring a parent.
For the lovers - Valerie June offers a double track bundle, a new track "For the Loved & Loveless" sided with "Two Hearts' from her album, 'The Order of Time'. Its a digital release so check the site.
“The conversation of kisses. Subtle, engrossing, fearless, transforming.”
― Alice Munro - Runaway
'Now Is When' is the title of the new album from 90's skate thrashers Rusty who closed up shop in 2000, made a brief appearance a decade later and now is when they make another album drop but only if you want it. The band have a PledgeMusic campaign for the album and there are lots of goodies available; from a private show to one of the test pressings to T-shirts and vinyl bundles. The band have a couple of gigs lined up, Mar 1 at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton and Mar 3 at Call The Office in London.
No fear, none nothing just Peaches and Joan Jett sparks, we used to call it glam rock when it was just pub rock in sequinned jeans - the denim comes off and its coffee and someone else's shirt and its just as glam, just as rock, just as thrashy and just so fresh.
The voice times three, the harmonies, the Good Lovelies bring it all in silky delicate number light as breathing, and while they see gold I see This Is Us all of us.
The bookish hookish Young Novelists have released "Come Round Again" a track which neatly marries the Skydiggers and Joel Plaskett in a raggedy pub folk romp about a Halton Hills heist. Their new album, 'in city and country', comes out May 4 2018.
TO Frigs set up for Feb 23 release of their debut album, 'Basic Behavior', on Arts and Crafts.
Remember when Kim sang :
"Hey, Kool Thing, come here, sit down
There's something I go to ask you.
I just want to know, what are you gonna do for me?
I mean, are you gonna liberate us girls
From male white corporate oppression?
Tell it like it is!
Don't be shy
Fear of a female planet?"
- watch this space -> and watch for a gig Apr 7 at the Garrison in Toronto