Toronto artist/songwriter August Rigo, has officially rang in the summer with an EP full of RnB throwback anthems from the 90′s to share. The five-track project which he titled Summer of ’95 showcases his creativity on each track as he gracefully takes popular ballads and gives them a new age feel. You may not be too familiar with the name August but some of his work has surely caught your ear before as he has written songs for artists such as; Justin Bieber, One Direction, Musiq Soulchild and JLS to name a few.
“This was the time that really nurtured me musically. It shaped how I think, write, produce, and was basically my first experience with actually falling in love with songs. No politics, no charts, just CDs and playlists and singing at the top of my lungs. I put together this project for a couple reasons: one, to merge some classic R & B with contemporary production; but also, to re-introduce myself.”
Take a listen to his project below and let us know what you think.
After announcing the release of a new project last night, The-Dream stays true to his word by dropping an EP entitled Royalty: The Prequel. The eight-track offering is the follow-up to 2013′s IV Play, marking Mr. Nash’s first release since parting ways with Def Jam and becoming an independent artist earlier this year. Stream/download the extended play after the jump.
Download: The-Dream – “Royalty: The Prequel”
Get in gear. Brooklyn collective, Pro Era and Scion AV have collaborated together to release their latest EP, The Shift. The 5-track, sample free project features appearances from the entire group, including Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers. Joey’s debut album, B4.DA.$$ is scheduled to be released this Fall. Stream that “OG $wank” below.
Dr Pepper’s “One of a Kind” Studio Sessions has paired 4 of the most exciting artists in music with the RZA, resulting in a brand-new EP titled, Only One Place To Get It. The project features noteworthy emcees Rockie Fresh, Tinashe, RAC, and Robert DeLong, while consisting of four original tracks; each produced by The Scientist himself. Stream/download the EP below.
If you were at Two Crown King’s farewell show, you should remember A-Fos & The Rude Youth. With a mixture of banging drums, funky guitar riffs, groovy keyboard solos, and nimble lyricism, the London-based hip-hop band killed their opening slot and proved they’re not to be dismissed. If you weren’t at the show, now’s the time to get acquainted. The dynamic group recently released their debut EP, Trying To Be Better, a five-track offering that’ll leave you wanting more. For more on the band, check out their appearance on our radio show. The group is also opening for SonReal this coming Tuesday, April 1st at The Outback Shack (bonus: it’s a free show). Stream and purchase the EP below.
Early favourites: “Chicago” and “Wake Up.”
If you’re not familiar, let us introduce you to West Coast rapper, 100s. The Berkeley, CA native made noise following the release of his debut project, Ice Cold Perm, released in 2012. Fast forward and 100s has just delivered his new EP, IVRY. Possessing characteristics reminiscent of artists such as Too Short, 100′s has also been compared to the sounds of James Brown and Nipsey Hussle; yet he still manages to stand alone, captivating listeners each step of the way. Hard-hitting production paired with a wide-variety of different vibes makes for great replay value. Upon listening, early favourites include “Inglish Outro”, “Thru My Veins,” and “Ten Freaky Hoes.” Stream/download 100s’ “IVRY” below.
Download: 100s – “IVRY”
Slap Nevada, formerly known as Tree Ave, is a 21-year-old Detroit recording artist who has brought us his new and highly anticipated EP, Ricky James, which I am loving like crazy. In these six tracks, Slap Nevada combines Rap and Hip-Hop with trillstep, trap, 808, and club beats that make this a masterpiece. Slap Nevada is relentless; his tone is eccentric, aggressive, and colourful. His wordplay is absolutely whack and genius, and each track brings you to someplace new, and always just as good as the last place Slap Nevada left your mind. While I absolutely love each track, my top three at the moment are “Holy Ghost”, “Killer” and “Player’s Ball”.
Slap Nevada has created his own personality through his music, and his kind of presence, music and energy are exactly what the industry needs right now. I really can’t say enough, so I’ll stop and let you take a listen and let you say something instead.