We’ve been loving Mubarik Adams aka Emay‘s debut album Ilah since it was released in February, and it’s even a better listen in the summer. A remarkably dense work, Ilah is full of boundless ideas both production-wise and lyrical, with the Hamilton rapper unafraid to get political, theoretical, or prophetic. It’s also a deeply meditative listen, that gets to the heart of identity from many angles while maintaining a focus on justice and social change. “Yesu”, featuring Rae and L-SPEX, may be one of the clear highlights of the record, but these songs aren’t meant to be heard in isolation.
Ilah is available now PWYW from Bandcamp.
Hamilton’s PERSONS make some of the strangest but nevertheless infectious electronic pop you’re likely to find in Southern Ontario these days, and their debut self-titled cassette from last September is a must-hear for connoisseurs of unusual beats and treats. Today, we’re very excited to be premiering their video for one of the highlights of the album, “Falling Like Niagara Falls.”
Directed by Jackson Darby (also the band’s vocalist/beatmaker), the video takes us around the titular town in a psychedelic feast for the senses, whose weirdness matches the woozy, syrupy flow of the song. All in all, it’s a masterful display of low-budget techniques, surreally superimposing the band over different backgrounds. The results are dizzyingly engrossing, and at times, impossibly vast. Don’t fall over the falls!
PERSONS’s album is available PWYC from HAVN (Hamilton Audio Visual Node) Records Bandcamp.
“Sparrow,” the debut song from Hamilton’s Calcedon is an understated, breezy pop song, and an incredible first single from the burgeoning project. Straddling the line between mainstream and experimental, the song’s stumbling staccato rhythm bursts sets it apart from their contemporaries in the genre, building to a beautiful crescendo of the chorus and four-on-the-floor outro.
The video–directed by David Schuurman–uses Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, to dazzling effect focusing on the intense relationship an artist can have with their work when using such precision.
Echo, the debut album from Calcedon is out March 25th. Based on this, we expect great things.