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Touch & The Dirty Samples “The Fly”
Hip-Hop

Touch & The Dirty Samples “The Fly”

Touch is a veteran rapper from Alberta mostly associated with fellow Canadian producer from Edmonton Nato.  This time around he teams up with another Neferiu Records pillar, the man with many personas, The Dirty Sample. When it comes to beats, the name is pretty acurate; the samples used to make his …

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Future Classic: Submerse “Tears EP”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Submerse “Tears EP”

Project: Mooncircle are pretty much kings when it comes to releasing really cool instrumental hiphop slash electronic music projects. I’m especially a big fan of Robot Koch’s music which is, in my opinion, the best representation of their sound. However I’m thinking that there is a lot more to Mooncircle than …

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Future Classic: Canya Reial “Special Weedz Vol.5”
Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Canya Reial “Special Weedz Vol.5”

Tribute projects were never a really a big part of hiphop culture. Of course, a lot of rappers shout out many other MC’s, crew, family, and all sorts of random people in a sign of respect. But a complete album dedication to one great artist is rare. Maybe it’s saying …

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Future Classic: Bix “The North”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Bix “The North”

Sometimes I ask myself how come I stumble upon new music that fits my mood so well at a given time. How did I find something as mysterious as The North by Canadian (I guess) beatmaker Bix.I mean, I can’t find any information on him and there is no revealing …

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Future Classic: Jel “Greenball 3.5″
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Beats

Future Classic: Jel “Greenball 3.5”

These days, way too many hip-hop acts try to make their production sound as “big” as possible often opting for a more polished over-produced sound. So in that sense, Lo-Fi instrumental hiphop albums only available on vinyl form is a bit on an oddball. One guy that certainly is synonymous …

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Future Classic: DSTR “Reconstructed Memories”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: DSTR “Reconstructed Memories”

These days in Quebec, it seems like a perfect time to reminisce about the past.  You could think that the second album from DSTR, called Reconstructed Memories which is made from sampling of Quebec recordings spanning from the 50’s throught the 80’s is a little gimmicky. But that would be …

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E1000 “Strange Fruits”
UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

E1000 “Strange Fruits”

First of all, I need to inform MIMS readers that I’ve known E1000 aka Emile Gauthier for quite some time. After I moved to Quebec City (the second time), we used to organize the Hiphop is Dead nights and we co-hosted the radio show by the same name. We played …

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Future Classic: ZZBRA “The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: ZZBRA “The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

ZZBRA is a duo made up of Canadian MC’s Moka Only and Evil Ebenezer backed by the the beats of Stuey Kubrick. Because of the beatmaker’s name, it’s only fitting that the title of the album is The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It’s also fitting because our two favorite protagonists …

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Future Classic: Quakers “Quakers LP”
Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Quakers “Quakers LP”

A lot of press surrounding the Quakers project is focused around the fact that the core members of the group have some kind of link with Portishead (one being Geoff Barrow…). Yes, there are some resemblances here but don’t expect a rap version of Portishead. It’s an oversimplification and the real link …

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Future Classic: Project: MOONCIRCLE “10th anniversary 4LP box compilation”
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Beats

Future Classic: Project: MOONCIRCLE “10th anniversary 4LP box compilation”

As soon as I heard about this Project: Mooncircle‘s 10 years anniversary collection, I couldn’t wait to hear it. For me, I mostly associated the label as the home for Robot Koch and the all records they put out were generally instrumental hiphop and a bit electronic in nature which …

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Future Classic: Ali the Son of Abdul “Raja”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Ali the Son of Abdul “Raja”

For those who follow this site closely, you may remember a post about Ali‘s EP series of instrumentals, Karma. The only real criticism that I could on it was that I wish it could have been a little longer. This 10 track album adresses that concern with a fresh batch …

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Future Classic: Gonjasufi “MU.ZZ.LE”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Gonjasufi “MU.ZZ.LE”

The new album by Gonjasufi on Warp could be also considered his first. He’s been around for a long time but it also seems to me like the first time he’s not collaborating or in the shadow of anyone else. I first heard his high-pitched singing on Flying Lotus’ first …

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