Meet ellis. The Port Credit, Mississauga born rapper/singer/producer who’s taking Toronto’s music scene by storm. With the release of his debut EP “be gone“, ellis works to solidify his vision and work towards his future goals of collaborating with some of his favorite musicians, and developing himself as an artist.
“be gone” carries 5 tracks solely produced by himself, and starts off with “soul etc.”. As the intro to the EP, ellis wastes no time introducing the listener to his production, rap, and singing talents. His confident rhymes transition to an R&B inspired hook that demonstrates ellis’ ability to create a melody a step above the rest. “we got you“, a production that was created when inspiration struck ellis at a bar, follows up the intro with a digitally inspired production with an 8-bit feel that begs to be slayed with his lyrics, as it does. Before long the listener gets a taste of his melody driven hook before he jumps back into the beat at full force. As the track closes out, the production takes center stage for a well made conclusion. “5 star chances, 6 figure glances” starts out with some easy rhymes to get things started, before the gentle flute based production takes more prominence. The R&B focused hook has ellis showcasing his singing, with some female vocals to compliment the contrast. One of ellis’ strengths is his ability to seamlessly transition his rhymes from hip-hop to R&B, and vice versa, which he seems to do effortlessly throughout the track. As one of the most meaningful songs on the EP, “something i missed” captures a story of when ellis stepped out of his comfort zone physically and emotionally in a way he had not experienced before. A love story gone awry gave birth to this track, with the emotionally infused lyrics and double featured hook to represent a female, and male perspective on the situation. The intro and outro of the song sports samples from “Good Will Hunting” to add even more to his emotional ballad. The final track on the EP is titled “getting to it“, and boasts ellis’ fine rhyming skills infused with his ability to make a catchy hook. The balance between pure production and vocals is on point, and serves as an appropriate closing for “be gone”.
“real dreams don’t disintegrate” – ellis – soul etc.
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The second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids has a developed an impressive linage of historical figures. From Former Presidents of the United States to a Soul legend, the Western Michigan city has had a significant impact on American culture. The influence continues to grow stronger with the younger generation taking the command, which begins with the emerging Hip Hop collective AGO (Astronaut Gang).
Comprised of recording artists and producers, their experimental hybrid sound of R&B, Hip Hop, and Dance has broke new ground. Building on top of what veteran members have accomplished, the 19 year old standout producer Savon has released a new instrumental tape Something, For Now. Inspired by family, friends, and close loved ones, Savon is able to develop a cohesive five track tape that really embodies the sound and feel of the AGO movement. From the opening track titled “Peaceful (Intro)” to “Time is All We Need (Outro)”, the tape creates an overall guideline and aesthetic to their signature production. For example, the warmth of the analog, melodic synth chord progressions, serene vocal samples, heavy use of low pass, and faint percussion all make there presence felt. Most importantly, the execution of getting the listener into a groove or a trance to really help understand what mood and atmosphere the artist is trying to create, is effortlessly achieved
With the title referring to patience and grace, Something, For Now is a reminder of what they do best, and Savon and his AGO collective deserve all the time they need; because the consistency of each project independently released, proves the artistic freedom they’ve been given is a key essential for the progress of this genre and music . Interested in sharing your thoughts on this project? Feel free to comment in the section below.
Toronto native and BANKSTYLE member gL drops his New Wave EP Late Night Prelude. A wise choice for a title, the project envelops a “Late Night” sound that any midnight marauder would enjoy. The collection of tracks really demonstrates his passion for the city, with shoutouts to the Danforth, Yonge Street, and Queen Street districts. Its clear the city that influenced him and his sound is well represented. With a consistent sonic and thematic production from executive producer Sammy Passions; the dark ambient pads, 808s, and soul samples dominants the instrumentals resulting into a great contribution to a growing Toronto scene. A few of my favourite tracks: “After Work”, “D$WNT$WN”, “Late Night”. Share your thoughts or favourite highlights of the EP in the comment section below.
Curren$y has given fans a number of several EP’s over the year’s as he treats listeners to yet, another free project titled, Saturday Night Car Tunes. For his latest release, Spitta Andretti enlists Birdman, Gunplay, Rich Boy, Tiny C Style, and Wiz Khalifa for the 6-track extended play. Stream/download Saturday Night Car Tunes after the jump.
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.