In August 2014, DFE launched an open remix contest for “Supreme” from the album “Mission Statement”. Submissions poured in from all over the world, and the songs on this EP represent some of the best. The two actual winning remixes will be part of the deluxe edition of “Mission Statement” which is dropping in the next few weeks, but for now enjoy the amazing diversity from these finalist entries on the ‘Dragon Fli Empire – Supreme Remixes EP’!
TORONTO – Saukrates releases a brand new four track EP titled Amani today via Culvert Music/Universal Music Canada. He drops a brand new video, directed by JTRUE for “The Big Bang.” The tune features crunchy massive production by Toronto’s Rich Kidd. Recorded during a session at 8 a.m. one morning, it’s straight from the gut spittin’ and, as Soxx says himself in the song “The honourable Saukrates presiding/over your soul/burying you in deep ocean flow…”
The Amani EP begins with “Kingdom Come”, based around an orchestral soul loop, chopped and spliced by Snaz, which sets the backdrop perfectly for Saukrates’ staccato flow. He then harnesses a reflective tone on the Rich Kidd produced “Amani” (Saukrates’ given name) as he takes on the perspective of his fans on the first two verses and answers their questions on the third verse. Rich Kidd then provides an infatuated Saukrates with a smooth half-time burlesque banger on “#FYEO” while SonReal lends his smoked out vocals to the hook. The final track, “The Big Bang” is a tongue twisting lyrical melee where he discusses his wife, his child and his past, while still slipping in necessary hip hop bravado.
A long list of globally-familiar names provide a resume of respect from Saukrates’ years of rap collaborations; Drake, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Common, Redman, and Xzibit, to name a few. As a producer, he has worked with K-os, Swollen Members, Jully Black, Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal, Choclair, Classified, Shad, Tre Mission, SonReal, and OB Obrien.
KTB “All These Years” prod by.Evil Bastard
and shot by.Westnyle
2nd single from #BarbarianBastardsEP
Time Zones is just the beginning of Kenny Gourmet’s promising rap career. By the age of 19, the young Canadian artist has already performed at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, opening for Skyzoo, Kevin Abstract and AliveSinceForever in 2012. Between balancing completing a professional recording diploma, working full-time as a recorder producer at Blue Light Studio and spending extensive hours developing his own sound, Time Zones is the product of Gourmet’s passion and dedication.
After two years of production, Time Zones was created and inspired by artists like Kanye West, HAIM and Ryan Leslie. While working on the new record with producer/engineer Jan Betsayda, Gourmet stresses that Time Zones was a compilation of timeless hook melodies and energetic beats. Together with Jan, they crafted unconventional arranged songs, with hard hitting drums and hypnotizing synth lead lines and melodies.
“This is a very honest album,” he says. “I’ve been making music for a while now, but I feel like I’m a new artist when it comes to this album. Rap artists, such as Shad and Drake, are building the Canadian rap scene, and I think Time Zones has a unique sound to contribute.”
Nearly three months after the release of his first single, “Time Zones,” Gourmet is set to premiere his debut project “Time Zones” on September 16th. Time Zones is a four-track album that embodies the past two years of Kenny’s musical journey. “Ambience” is an anthem that carries confidence and conviction accompanied with hard-hitting beats and a strong melody. The track gives the listener an impression that Gourmet is ready to take off with an outro that announces itself with lively lyrics, “we ain’t home right now”, to finish. “Better Off” and “Gone in a Minute” mine similar territories of denial and desire. Both tracks explore the concept of leaving while anchored by Gourmet’s composed vocals and winning ways with catchy hooks.
New banger from the Drugstore Cowboys . Produced by the Arkeologists
Some realness from these Toronto cats right here. This is the new banger off the upcoming Infectious Agent EP dropping later this year
From “Reign Of The Snakemen #1″ released September 28. 2014.
1. In The Early Hours Of June 1st
2. The Sun Of The Fall
3. Turbo (ft. XXX CLVR)
4. N*ggas In The Night (ft. Thrillah)
5. Nonsense (ft. Kayo)
6. Life Is Good (ft. KDZ / Jay Mayne)
7. Mad Crack
8. Never Say No (ft. KDZ)
9. Gold Drapes (ft. XXX CLVR)
10. Chains & Whips (ft. Kayo / Critical)
11. Feel The Same (ft. Nicole Ariana)
12. Hearts On Fire (ft. Laura Roy)
13. Meet Your Maker (ft. Alfie)
14. I Fear Myself
So Strong For So Long is the first video single from the October 9th, 2014 debut album release, Us Versus Them, from the Ottawa duo, Buck N’ Nice.
TORONTO – Junia-T says goodbye to summer by dropping the visuals for “Sky Is Falling”, featuring Mississauga newcomer Kemi and directed by Renegade Films. Produced by Junia-T, the track features horns by Octavio Santos, whose recent work includes a placement on G-Unit’s surprise EP. This is the third single off of Junia-T’s upcoming project Eye See You, which will also feature artists such as Little Simz, Franc Grams, and LordQuest to name a few.
“This video is all about the vibe. Nothing flashy, just dope music and visuals to match,” said Junia-T.