With R&B at its height of popularity in Toronto and the GTA, there has been an emergence of talent to meet the demand. One particular new R&B artist that really stands out is K. Forest. Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, K. Forest has always had a passion for music. His love for the art pushed him to find his niche, and with enough searching he found it.
During the course of this year, K. Forest spent month after month creating and perfecting his sound. Inspired by 80’s R&B, pop culture and overall aesthetic, INTROVERSION was the result. Polished, ethereal, and bright, K. Forest and his lone collaborator/producer/engineer
Expressing deep emotion on a pessimistic theme of introspection while laying an upbeat, glossy, and cheerful foundation underneath. The combination of the two complimented his innocent and serene vocals, which can be found on the opening track “Prelude” and the following “Season Recline”.
Selecting four of his best tracks, INTROVERSION is a cathartic experience that educates you on K. Forest’s Ideologies and refined perspective of pop music.
Coming off his best track to date “Dance On Me” GoldLink continues his streak and is quickly becoming on of the most interesting artists in the genre. Teaming with fellow DMV producer Louie Lastic, GoldLink’s latest upbeat infectious track “Movin’ On” is something too really to note. In such a short time span, he has shown more progress and potential to become more than an underground cult rapper. A little bit before his time GoldLink could very well be the future of Hip Hop.
Building a repertoire that will soon have legendary producer Rick Rubin, his first official studio album is gearing up to reach critical acclaim. Especially if these one off singles are album cuts. Of course, a lot of credit must be given to his frequent collaborator Louie Lastic. Sampling Tupac’s “I Get Around” the instrumental on “Movin’ On”, takes funky twist and turns to then land gracefully on a 90’s R&B inspired chorus.
Not exactly credited for inventing this subgenre of Hip Hop, however GoldLink deserves credit for elevating and giving Beat Culture the exposure it earned. He has now become the face of this modern take on Jazz and boldly paving its path.
With the successful release of his last track “Reason”, K. Forest is now ready to release his first single “Season Recline” from his upcoming debut project Introversion.
For those unfamiliar with K. Forest, he is a singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer. Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, K. Forest has always had a passion for music. Being influenced by Tupac, Freddie Gibbs, OVO, Disclosure, SWV, Charlie Wilson, Rochelle Jordan, 80’s production and pop culture, his style is completely original and innovative. This has really been in effect since recently meeting his go to producer dF. The two have now created chemistry and are able to create multiple songs in just one session.
One track that really set the bar high was “Season Recline”. Inspired by 80’s synths and love songs, K. Forest sets the mood with glossy abstract lead synth backed with a reverb effected kick and sharp high hats. His combination of 80’s sounds and modern Hip Hop provide a platform for multiple flows, melodies, and the emotion to express his personal lyrics.
Speaking on the change of seasons that then lead to the change of heart, “Season Recline” relates to all the people who have experienced a winter fling to then being let go when the weather warms up in the summer.
Arriving on Soundcloud Friday August 28th, expect more quality R&B from K Forest’s debut EP Introversion.
It’s hard to believe that singer, Ravyn Lenae is only 16 years old. We first stumbled across her with the previous release “Mr. Sun“, where her smooth and airy vocals left us wanting more. Now Ravyn returns with her debut EP, Moon Shoes. The eight track EP, executive produced by Monte Booker includes only one feature from Appleby.
Upon pressing play, it’s already evident that the project sounds unlike anything released in 2015 so far. The journey begins with the project’s opening track, “Venezuela Trains”. Floating over Monte Booker’s calming, yet upbeat production, her effortless and soulful vocals leave the listener entranced. Each melodic song features her rich harmonies. The poetic lyrics guide the listener through a picturesque journey dealing with the topics of love and life. Listen to the project down below and let us know what you think!
McCallaman, a producer/DJ based in Toronto comes out of nowhere with an unbelievably serene EP entitled “Black Pop“. This 5 track EP boasts features from the likes of: “Clairmont The Second“, “T i K A.“, and “Sydanie” along with McCallaman’s unforgettable production and singing. Called “a compilation of modern Hymns, Negro Spirituals, & Lullabies”, this is one EP you don’t want to sleep on.
McCallaman has been hard at work making a name for himself over the past few years, and has definitely left his mark already. With production credits for 2015 XXL freshman “Goldlink‘s” single “When I Die” from his critically acclaimed “The God Complex“, he’s also worked with the likes of Toronto’s own “Andreena Mill, and Redway, along with New York’s R&B songstress Mariami. On top of this, McCallaman has been making noise sharing the stage with HW&W’s “Elaquent“, and has also done countless mixes at sold out venues in Toronto, from the Rivoli, to the Sterling Room, Drake Underground, and even at Canadian Music Week. If you think that’s all for this Toronto native, think again, he’s also worked with the multi-talented Sango, had his music featured in Joe Kay‘s mixes, and was even named one of the top 10 upcoming producers in one of Toronto’s biggest lifestyle blogs.
The “Black Pop” EP starts off with the track “Tenfold” which features the artist T i K A. The intro enjoys some minimal beats before T i K A’s melodic vocals enter the fray. The production shares the stage with the vocals on this one, with a noticeable chemistry between the vibes associated with each aspect of the track. The second track, entitled “Birds x Bees” featuring Toronto’s own Clairmont The Second, sets the tone immediately with the sample of birds chirping in the background, as the relaxing production comes into play. The sound clip including Donald Duck is expertly used in a manner that only production genius’ would even consider. Clairmont’s unique flow also vibes over the serene production like no other. These two should work together more often to say the least. The third track, entitled “Shui“, has a lullaby feel, and is the type of track you could close your eyes while listening to, and literally lose yourself. The use of sound clips on this one is astonishing as well. The fourth track, entitled “Home Tonite” starts off with a voicemail sound clip, over the melodic vocals, and effectively captures the listener. The hypnotic vibes associated with this EP haven’t dissipated yet. The final track on the EP is entitled “Lullaby“, and features the artist Sydanie. The track is a nice fit for the finale of the EP with the ever so unique vocals and production meshing together extremely well. It takes a very skilled ear to be able to create a track (let alone an entire EP), that is filled with these out of the box takes on traditional serene production. I also want to mention something I found very impressive, believe it or not McCallaman actually sings on every track, and is even the sole singer on “Home Tonite”, bringing another element of talent into his work is quite inspiring.
So there we have it, you (and myself) have been exposed to the genius that is McCallaman, and the “Black Pop” EP. The care that McCallaman has put into these tracks has NOT gone unnoticed. Each song has a wide variety of aspects that all work together to create the top of the line never before heard sound that we are having the pleasure of listening to. As I said before, it truly takes a musical genius to bring together so many different elements of sound, and McCallaman has proven he’s not like the rest. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this legend in the making. He has the ear, and confidence to pursue a totally different direction in regards to music.