TONGUE HELMET - Psychotropic Ape
Born out of a passionate, lifelong love of music, Tongue Helmet initially started as a collaboration between two longtime friends, Timbuktu (Swamp Thing) and Danny Miles (July Talk). Now joined by familiar powerhouse talent Coins / Peter Project and DJiRATE, the group is complete. A long-simmering creative dream for over a decade, this project combines the talents and experience of veteran musicians from seemingly distinct genres, bringing together surprisingly compatible sounds. Tongue Helmet's debut thirteen track LP titled "Psychotropic Ape", is co-Produced by Timbuktu and Danny Miles, and is a collaborative work in its purest inspirational form.
"Psychotropic Ape is the full band realizing our identity. Whereas the Brain On Fire EP was just two people with some help from friends, this is the album where the band came into fruition. Psychotropic Ape is a powerful journey through our four minds on a creative soundscape. The music sounds like vintage samples, but it is fully a band making old school sounds in a new school world. It will give you instant feelings of nostalgia".
The project offers a unique and updated take on classic psychedelic hip-hop. Fans of Deltron 3030, Beastie Boys (think Paul's Boutique) or Beck (Odelay era), will find themselves vibing to Tongue Helmet. Psychotropic Ape will be released via URBNET digitally on July 19th, and on CD and limited edition yellow vinyl LP on July 26th.
MOKA ONLY - Patina
Bless up, y'all. Here we go once more. Time travels and the mind rambles. The soup don't come from a can and words just evade your optic sensors, so in a nutshell, smoke this and take it easy. These tracks were created between spring 2018 and September 2018, with the exception of 'Swift as the Breeze'. That one was made during the Concert For One sessions in spring 2017. A lot of patient waiting and soul gyrating. Do you ever put coffee in a thermos and just go into the woods? I would. Feel the evolution and at the same time embrace the nostalgia. The music develops a golden patina over time. Some prefer this over whatever current, shiny audio trinkets rattle in a most ephemeral manner. Me? I'm Kareem Serene. I do the long play. It just has to be that way. Darryl Rodway once said to me "hey Moke.. how come you never wear Napoleon Dynamite type of boots for an album cover shoot?" I simply replied, "horsejazz, D... who better to do what I do better?" Darryl had no option but to concede to an agreeing nod. URBNET knows what type of a ride we are on. Like a slow, lumbering, freight train, on maintenance-deferred trackage. It may not be glamorous but darned if the sonic din doesn't make a few dogs howl. And with that, we now present Patina. (For ages 8 and up, no assembly required, batteries not included).
The twelve-track self-produced LP is set for both physical and digital release via URBNET, on April 26th, 2019 and will be distributed by Fontana North Distribution, INgrooves and Fat Beats Distribution.
NICKELMAN - ELEMENTS
Yuki Kitano is Nickelman. Originally from Osaka, Japan, he still calls the vibrant city of Osaka home. Yuki started making music as Nickelman over 15 years ago, but has dedicated the last 11 years to seriously fine tuning his sound. Along with hip hop beat maker FROGMAN, the two worked under the moniker of Freemanz Production, putting out synth space lo-fi projects, though their independent label Deepconstruction Records.
Nickelman is set to release his upcoming solo feature LP titled "Elements" via URBNET, on June 7, 2019*. *Elements* carries through a smoky lo-fi hip hop sound, intertwined with samples of jazz, soul, and rare groove beats. In speaking to the creation process, Yuki says
"I used an MPC2000XL, SP-303, and Tape Echo to make the tracks.Those lo-fi sounds are recorded by cassette tapes and compressed. The record is both danceable beats and a relaxing chill sound. It's trip music you can dance to be and be stoned."
MATHEMATIK - ReAL/iS-HiM
Hip-Hop pioneer Mathematik is meticulous with his craft. His work knows no shortcuts and the proof is in his finely managed sound. Mathematik re-enters the spotlight to drop his new record Realishim, produced by REAZHUN, the follow up to his buzzworthy LP, No Division. Realishim delivers words that inform the mind while having feet planted firmly in assertive, heavy beats.
Mathematik is a multi-disciplinary artist (emcee, DJ, producer) who is deeply rooted in the music industry. He started out as a dancer in grade four, eventually evolving as a lyricist and then learning to DJ. As a once member of the soulful Hip-Hop crew Down to Erf, Mathematik's background embodies almost all the fundamental aspects of hip-hop culture. His roster of collaborators and cohorts reads like a Canadian Hip Hop 'who's who' commemorative. Highlights include producer K-Cut, Sic Sense, Citizen Kane, Saukrates, and Dream Warriors. Additionally, he worked with Philly-based hip-hop queen Bahamadia, with whom he realised the 1999 notable single "Following Goals".
Realishim has been a project in the works for years. Influenced by freestyle and DJ cyphers, Mathematik delivers an authentic sound derived from the once golden era, along with some modern adaptations. Realishim carries an undeniably heavier feel than previous works, with commentary on systemic and daily experiences of oppression This shift in Mathematik's work is what brings the album to an elevated platform.
"The difference between this and the No Division album is that I have more wisdom lyrically and speak out on more diverse topics... from the social and racial injustice all around us, to the regular struggles of life, and wanting to do better in mind body and soul"
BREVNER - VALIDATION (KENSHO)
Brevner combines the heart of Bushido Project with the classic appeal of Eclectricy and the contemporary style of Brevner EP on his highly anticipated forthcoming release IKIGAI, set to be released in the Spring of 2019.
"IKIGAI" (a Japanese word whose meaning translates roughly to "a reason for being, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and meaning and a feeling of well-being.") The new release will be created with the intention of ultimately merging two of Brevner's passions - audio and video production into one product, leaving you with a tangible look into the creation process as a whole.
A shimmery, incandescent summer jam, Geneva's new single "Full Bloom" evokes the sweet and intoxicating vibes of warmer weather, replete with days full of promise. "Full Bloom" bubbles up and spreads out, capturing the listener in a rippling sea of deep bass and soaring harmonies. Produced by L.A. electronic mainstay B. Bravo, "Full Bloom" shows off his signature style of late night synth grooves, cosmic G-Funk and R&B. Catch a chill vibe and let yourself blossom and unfold into what Geneva & B. Bravo have in store.
MO MOSHIRI - COME AGAIN (Single)
Mo Moshiri is an MC, songwriter, and producer. He is perhaps best known however, as one of the founders of the seminal west coast hip-hop group Sweatshop Union. Together they recorded several albums, performed hundreds of shows, earned Juno nods and WCMA wins, and helped pave the path for the new generation of artists making waves.
After a healthy hiatus, Mo is back from deep space and feeling rejuvenated. He wants to talk to YOU about everything! Or maybe just vibe.
The 11 songs on the new album Can I Tell You Something? are a potent blend of true-skool hip-hop and global bass music with intelligent and passionate rhymes, and melodies that stay with you. A majority of the production on the album is handled by long-time friends Mo and Rob the Viking, who have been working together since they were both in their teens. In fact, it was Rob who showed Mo how to make beats 20 years ago! Working together again was a very natural and powerful combination, which translated into the well crafted record before us. Together, they recorded at the Chamber on Vancouver Island.
SWAMP THING - HORSE POWER
Toronto's three-headed rap monster, Swamp Thing (Timbuktu, Chokeules & Savilion) have delivered a special sonic treat every Halloween for close to a decade. This year is no different. Horse Power is their seventh full length studio album and anticipated follow up to their 2017 release, The Octagon. Produced by Savilion and Timbuktu, the thirteen track LP showcases the electric chemistry, creativity, and swagger that the three emcees bring to the table, along with some talented features including the all-star turntablist DJ iRATE, Wordburgular, and D-Sisive. The new release is dusty, murky, and fully charged, taking you on a freak show tour of lyrical styles, far out concepts and production prowess. Horse Power will be made available via digital, CD, and cassette format through the online URBNET shop. Halloween 2018, baby. Get ready.
FORTUNATO - MDCXVII
MDCXVII is the Roman numeral equivalent of 1617, the address where Fortunato was born in Toronto's west end. MDCXVII is a deeply personal album that focuses on Fortunato's depth of experience in the Hip Hop game, and specifically how it has affected his life. Inspired by his travels to western Canada during his coast to coast tour, MDCXVII showcases beats, guest appearances, and engineering from solely west coast artists, including Kryple of the Edmonton based group Doom Squad, Mugg Shot and Madchild. "I met so many talented artists out there that I decided to work with them exclusively on this project", he says. The album is primarily produced by Scopic, whose repertoire includes the hard-hitting record Against All Authorities from Onyx, was mixed and mastered by the engineering guru NATO, and features cover art by the multi-disciplinary artist, Mad Dog Jones.
MDCXVII will be distributed via URBNET, and will be available Friday November 9th on CD, vinyl, and digital.
CAREER CROOKS - Thieving As Long As I'm Breathing
Career Crooks is the culmination of the longtime collaborative relationship between Zilla Rocca & Small Professor. "Good Luck With That" is the kind of brilliance that could only be born out of that specific type of familiarity. Small Professor's production is the spiritual cousin of RZA's work on "Cuban Linx" at times, harnessing the moody atmosphere that breathed life into that project, but simultaneously feels like twilight in Philadelphia. An undeniable declaration of one's own art.
Since receiving critical acclaim for their debut LP Good Luck With That, an album which was praised for the duo's classic east coast touch, and secured a spot on Bandcamp's 10
Best New Hip Hop Releases of 2017, Career Crooks (producer Small Professor and rapper Zilla Rocca) are back to prove that no idea is original. The two have kept busy throughout
2017, not only performing alongside Busdriver, Billy Woods, Quelle Chris, Elucid, and B Dolan, and releasing their LP, but also gearing up for their new air tight collection of
remixes, titled Thieving As Long As I'm Breathing.
The new single "Crook With a Deal", is a reworking of the 50 Cent and Mad Rapper classic "How to Rob", targeting indie rappers like Open Mike Eagle and Run The Jewels. The album
also features five in-house remixes from Small Pro and Zilla Rocca, draped in styles inspired by the likes of DITC and the Beastie Boys. Canadian MPC champ FreshKils also makes
an appearance and flips the fan favorite "Steve Martin" into a soundtrack for a car chase outside a Chemical Brothers show. Other remix features include DJ Manipulator, Willy,
Shane Great, Rolled Gold Beats, and John Morrison
The twelve track LP moves as fast as a cat with its tail on fire and maintains its own vibe while paying homage to that which has come before it. The group's primary sound encompasses
"...raw '90s flows while still maintaining a modern edge" (Philip Mylnar, Bandcamp.com).
HMLT x Kei-Li x Joyia - WEDNESDAY EP
HMLT, (pronounced "Hamlet") are a Toronto based RnB duo, comprised of brothers Corey and Taylor Wong. The two have been honing their soulful craft for some time, establishing themselves with previous releases while performing steadily throughout Toronto. Their most recent release, Wednesday EP, is a collaborative project with fellow Toronto RnB artists Kei-Li and Joiya.
Every Wednesday HMLT would pick up Kei-Li down the road. As they rolled through the backwoods, Joyia would anxiously await their arrival at "Wong Way Studios". With Kei-li and his overly heavy swing, Joyia's angelic whisper, and HMLT's unwavering loyalty to Ableton, together they bound their unique and special powers, creating what would be known as the Wednesday EP.
OBUXUM - H.E.R
OBUXUM is a Toronto based Somali-Canadian producer and beat maker, whose lush and characteristic sound celebrates story telling.
She has made her presence known with notable festival performances at Wavelength Festival, Kazoo! Fest, Electric Eclectics, and Venus Fest. NOW Magazine also recently included her in their list of Toronto electronic musicians to watch in 2018.
OBUXUM's latest EP, H.E.R., released via URBNET in 2018, embodies her inspirations and reflections, to the feel of a rhythmic pulse. She tells her un-silenced story of what it is to navigate this world as a Somali-Canadian womxn.
"The blk, brwn, and indigenous womxn have inspired me endlessly to remain courageous, daring and bold. That's what she represents".
H.E.R. exemplifies OBUXUM's progression as an artist, by building on her previous works, Luul, ITIYAMA, and 2991. The record carries through an alternative blend of hip-hop and electronics, creating a raw and unnameable vibe.
MOKA ONLY - CONCERT FOR ONE INSTRUMENTALS
Moka Only has released an instrumental version of his latest LP, Concert For One, via URBNET. Concert For One (Instrumentals) is set for
digital release on July 6th 2018 and as a limited edition vinyl on August 17th 2018. The self-produced record is packed with stand-alone
characteristic beats, proving that the beats themselves have just as much story as the vocals.
"In this stage of my life there is much more reflection and contemplation, and I really feel that I was very open and unguarded on this
album. As much as I love all the completed songs with the vocals, the beats on here hold enough detail to speak on their own."
Concert For One (Instrumentals) will be available on digital/cassette on July 6th 2018 via URBNET shop and August 17th on vinyl LP through
Fat Beats Distribution.
MOKA ONLY - CONCERT FOR ONE
Moka Only's latest album Concert for One, is set for release on September 1st 2017 via URBNET. As the follow up to his 2016 '12 for 12' opus, Concert for One delivers with such admirable tenacity, something that fans are accustomed to from the powerhouse artist. Notably so, this full-length twenty-track album features a guest collaboration from Detroit's own Dank (from Frank n Dank), and artwork from Montreal's Vanessa Malo (Instagram: @vnilla_art). Concert for One is available now on vinyl, CD, and cassette
EYTREG - One's Hidden Agony
Teppei Sano, or EYTREG (8-reg), as he is better known by in the music world, is a Japanese beat maker, born and raised in Niigata, Japan. He currently resides in Toyko,
and has actively been releasing music since 2015, including a 28-track retrospective compilation with Inner Ocean Records, and as part of Fuzzy Scope's "Earwax Shelf Life"
project. EYTREG's music is an extraction of jazz, soul, RnB, and trap music, with inspiration and cues from legendary hip-hop predecessors. His unique method of
restructuring these genres and sounds results in the innovative creation of something that is his very own.
CHESS CLUB - These Flowers Are For You
Hip Hop has not traditionally thrived in St. John's, Newfoundland, but for the individual members of ChessClub (Andrew Lahey, Matthew Murphy, James Piercey and producer Adrian Gagnon), who grew up there, hip-hop is how they found each other. The four piece now call Toronto home, and with fifteen years of collective writing, musings, and perhaps a few rebirths, ChessClub are all too ready to release their sophomore album, These Flowers Are For You.
ELAQUENT - CELEBRATE LIFE!
Elaquent kicks off 2018 with his latest EP, Celebrate Life! The six-track record is set for release on March 2nd 2018, via URBNET, and is available for pre-order through the URBNET shop. Celebrate Life! is born out of reflection and graciousness, as expressed by Elaquent,
"Life sucks sometimes. With all the depressing things that happen throughout the world, to people you know, to yourself even, it's important to take a moment and appreciate the beautiful things the world has to offer, to prevent from going crazy. Stay positive, celebrate life".
Celebrate Life! features collaborations with notable producers K, Le Maestro and Dibiase, and will be made available via digital, CD, cassette, and vinyl.
Ill Sugi has been DJ'ing in Tokyo since 2006, and has gained in international popularity, particularly throughout Europe and North America. In addition to working with prominent artists in Japan, such as Budamunk on the 2016 URBNET release of "Spirit of the Golden Era", Ill Sugi has also worked with many talented artists and producers overseas. In 2013 he released "Stiff Fingers" LP via the established record shop Jazzy Sport in Japan. More recently, in 2015 he collaborated with the prestigious beat label Radio Juicy, in releasing LP City Mind with Bugseed, and produced "Universal Language", a full length release from San Fransisco's Dregs One
DAN-E-O - DEAR HIP-HOP: 20 YEARS LATER
On November 5, 1996, Toronto-based label, Beat Factory released the seminal Canadian hip-hop compilation, Rap Essentials Volume One. Helping to further energize the already-established careers of such north-of-the-border lyrical heavyweights as Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Ghetto Concept and Rascalz, the album is also credited for launching the career of Scarborough lyricist, Dan-e-o.
With his featured single, "Dear Hip Hop", Dan-e-o immediately cemented himself as one of Canada's premier MCs. A quasi-love letter to the music and culture he adores, the Scam-produced single has stood the test of time and has garnered itself "classic" status in the annals of Canadian hip-hop history.
Dear Hip Hop: 20 Years Later is a unique combination of re-mastered gems recorded during the mid-90's and brand new golden era-esque bangers, which include "Rap Essentials", an ode to the compilation that started it all with alumni, Mathematik and Deuce Deuce of Concrete Mob and a symbolic tribute to J Dilla entitled "Spit' featuring the late legend's brother, Illa J.
DFF3 - SMALL WORLD (Produced by. LATE NIGHT RADIO)
Def3 returns to the limelight with his highly anticipated follow up record, "Small World", set for release on Friday July 21st via URBNET. In addition to being produced by Late Night Radio, one of Colorado's most prolific electronic producers, known for his innovative and funky cuts, Small World features a few more friends of hip hop, such as Masta Ace, Del the Funky Homosapien, Mystic, and Skratch Bastid to name a few. Small World will be available via digital, cassette, CD, and vinyl.
MR.BRADY SPEECHLESS (instrumentals)
For many years, Mr. Brady has been a staple in the hip-hop game, and has consistently found ways to reinvent himself and stay relevant. Many know Mr. Brady solely as an Emcee from albums such as Dirty, released via Battle Axe Records, or from his work with super collective Deep Rooted. What many fans might not know is that this multi-talented artist also uses his abilities to create the roots of his art. With just about every release of his own, Mr. Brady holds the feat of handling a majority of the production, which is what lead to the inevitable and much welcomed release of his instrumental studio album, Speechless.
AUXX - 23/09
Auxx's latest accomplishment 23/09 is no light feat; Sterling deals with a heavy hand of mixed experiences, and he encompasses raw themes into his music to produce a multi-faceted sound. "The day I'd officially moved to a new city, was the same day I'd later found out a family member passed away. It inspired me to question and explore unexpectedness, danger and mortality, the key foundations to curating the album, 23/09". Rather than tribute, I decided to write a project that explores this phase of surrealism through the musical genres and styles I have been closely familiar with - from the statements and sinister atmospheres on "Black Wings", to tracks such as "Lilith" - representing the closure of consciousness, knowing of its surrealism and unfamiliar outcome."
BUDAMUNK & ILL SUGI - SPIRIT OF THE GOLDEN ERA
URBNET proudly signs Japanese beat maker/producer duo BudaMunk & ill Sugi and launches their new album Spirit of the Golden Era on March 25th, 2016. The release will be available on limited edition cassette and digital download.
The 90s were, in many ways, the golden era of HipHop music -- a time when its expression was still pure and raw. BudaMunk is one of the rightful heirs to that golden era, and together with the younger Nasty Ill Brother Sugi (who has also studied HipHop's lineage) the two artists form an intergenerational sound that honors the soul of HipHop's remix legacy. Excavating beats from the dusty depths of HipHop's past, the duo refashioned forgotten beat-styles (like the "boom bap") to vibrate once again in a manner that is very different from contemporary offshoots of the sound. The "boom bap" was never truly gone-it just fell out of style. But it has returned and found a new home in the aesthetic spirit, vision and composition of BudaMunk and Ill.Sugi. These beats will surely put the diaphrams of your audio equipment to work!
MYKA 9 & FACTOR - Famous Future Time Travel
Famous Future Time Travel is Myka 9 & Factor's latest collaboration and debut UBRNET release. Famous Future Time Travel could be the duo's best work yet, with a banging and fresh West Coast hip hop feel. This hip hop duo's last joint-effort, on the critically acclaimed album Sovereign Soul, hit #1 on the CMJ Charts. No doubt Famous Future Time Travel will soon boast the same.
Myka9 is a rapper and producer from Los Angeles, California and co-founder of the legendary hip hop crew, Freestyle Fellowship. Myka 9 has been bringing innovation and his dope skills to the world of hip hop for over two and half decades. Whether Myka 9 is snarling, scatting or singing into the mic, he is always delivering hot and clever lyrics in his signature jazz-influenced style.
Factor Chandelier is a Saskatoon-based producer who started out as a DJ in 1998 and is now one of Canada's most notable independent hip hop producers. Known for his distinct style and progressive beats, Factor is in-demand and prolific, having an impressive array of both solo and collaborative projects in his discography.
Famous Future Time Travel is available May 19th, 2015 on CD, limited edition cassette and digital download on the URBNET Shop!