URBNET SUMMER SAMPLER 2016
URBNET kicks off the Summer of 2016 with a freshly minted label sampler. The 13 track compilation features new music from Elaquent, Bless, Brevner, Moka Only and Geneva among others. This free or pay what you want release is available now at URBNET.com
Name your price Featuring: 1. Brevner - Chico (feat. Within Roots & Stevie Ross) 2. Bless - Pop Off (Prod. by Statik Selektah) 3. Budamunk & ill Sugi - Friendly Vibrations 4. Elaquent - Grimey and New 5. Evil Ebenezer - Paralyzed 6. Fortunato - Closer Look (feat. Murkules & Tachichi) 7. Friday AKA Ricky Dred - High/Lows 8. Geneva - When To Leave (feat. Kytami) 9. LMNO - Deadication 10. Malcolm-Jay - Good Misery (feat. DKap) 11. Moka Only - Hup Hup 12. Moka Only - My Way 13. Swamp Thing - Dark City
MOKA ONLY #99
Moka Only has announced he will release 12 albums with URBNET in 2016. #12albumsFor2016 Showing no signs of slowing down, Moka Only will continue his prolific reign in the hip-hop scene by dropping an album every month this year. After a busy year of touring North America and releasing 3 albums, Moka returns full force with plans of releasing 12 albums in 2016. He aims to include new recordings, mystery albums with exclusive unreleased music from the vaults of 2002-2003, as well as collaborative projects from Torchlight Commission crew members including Illa-J, Jon Rogers, Tanya Morgan among others. While most albums will only be available in digital form, select releases will be available on Vinyl LP, cassette and CD.
Regarding #99, I'm writing this bit on the album at 4am in Kamloops, BC after rocking a show, still underground, still grinding like you wouldn't believe.
When I think about this project, I realize this marks my 99th release, at least that's what I counted on wiki. There could be more considering there were a few very minor projects that came out under the radar, or were simply passed around to friends and such. Doesn't matter. I like the title 99. It signifies something, perhaps the change of guard? The brink of a next era? That's up to your perception, of course.
I like the songs on this project. The majority of them are newly constructed from this spring and early summer. A couple surprise older joints on here too, because I felt they fit the mood. ~~ Moka Only
GENEVA - EXHALE EP
EXHALE EP: Geneva's powerful debut EP "Exhale" takes the listener on a sentient journey through the mysterious corridors of the heart; at once vulnerable and confessional, yet strong and surefooted, Geneva weaves together a moving tale of endings and new beginnings with the self-assuredness only experience can bring.
With subtle nods to hip hop, electronic and jazz-infused R'n'B, Geneva's raw songwriting capability and rich, sultry vocals shine over production by Jazzfeezy (T-Minus, Boi-1da) and Burd & Keyz (Kardinal Offishall, Meek Mill, Pusha T). Step into Geneva's dreamy realm and discover another Toronto gem worth knowing about.
BIOGRAPHY: With provocative elements of R'n'B, hip hop and jazzy, honeyed soul in the mix, ElectroSoul songstress Geneva maintains a classic appeal while offering up futuristic flavour. Cutting her teeth in underground hip hop, Geneva has collaborated on dozens of tracks, including songs alongside DL Incognito and LA's 2Mex (The Visionaries), while also releasing house singles with the likes of Ancestral Soul's founding father Boddhi Satva and electronic powerhouse Ron Allen. Articulate, emotive and drenched in sensual energy, Geneva excavates her soul and bares it on any microphone she touches.
ELAQUENT - LESS IS MORE (LO-DEFINITION)
Canada-based hip-hop producer Elaquent returns with an 18 track release titled Less is More (Lo Definition) on December 4th, 2015; available now on URBNET with early streaming for 3 tracks. This 18 track release is available on cassette with exclusive bonus track Look In Her Eye -- and digital download.
"I've put out many albums. My sound has evolved quite a bit over the years. More layers, more complexity, more structure, more synths, more experimentation... but sometimes the beauty is all in its simplicity. I always liked to say in the past and still say it today: perfect is boring. Human beings are flawed. So let's embrace it. Less is more." - Elaquent
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!
BREVNER - BREVNER EP
With the few successes of Vancouver's remote hip-hop scene fading away into history, Matt Brevner's arrival in marked the start of a new generation of game changers for the city. Shaped by his Trinidadian and Japanese roots, Brevner's gritty honesty, matched by his consistent hustle, set a new standard for the underground.
Toronto born and Winnipeg raised, Malcolm-Jay (born Malcolm-Jamal Tesoro Wilson) is a producer and emcee who humbly adds an introspective element to traditional hip hop culture. Formerly a member of hip hop group The Happy Unfortunate, Malcolm-Jay is holding nothing back with the release of his first solo effort, the self-reflective EP Missed Connections. Earlier this year, he released his first music video Always Know, fully baring his humble and poetic rap style to the world. Feel-good party scenes contrast Jay rapping in a shadow-filled studio in an ode to those who contributed to his success, causing the listener to sit in their own self-reflection. With the rest of his tape building on the video's sentiment, anticipate a mix of introspective joints ranging in emotion. Malcolm-Jay's Missed Connections is set for a June 10, 2016 release via URBNET and Soundcloud.
LMNO - MOTHERBOARD
In 2012 I was called to produce a track for Craig G so i went to the studio with DVINE1 and came up with "Originality" (Ramblings of an Angry Old Man - Soulspazm) After being told by J.Rocc & Evidence i need to produce my own album, i took the advice. While already in the studio with DVINE1 working on LexneveL records we came up with "Motherboard" which consists of live instruments, no samples (except for "Deadication") i've been working with DVINE1 since the days of live 4-trk tapes, LBCC recording studios to the now "Motherboard".
URBNET UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP VOL.9
The long-running #URBNET branded Underground Hip-Hop compilation series returns in 2016 with Volume 9. This fourteen track collection features new music from EVIL EBENEZER, Moka Only, Elaquent, Myka 9 + Factor Chandelier as well as tracks from Animal Nation (Mike Animal-Nation Armitage/ Garnet Animal-Nation Clare) Matt Brevner, Bless Platinumberg, Philly Moves, Swamp Thing, Fortunato Tacchini and more of your favourite underground hip hop artists from the URBNET roster. Only $7 Digital/ $10CD. Get your copy at urbnet.com/ughh
BLESS - SPOILS OF WAR
Former Gang Starr Protege, Montreal's Bless returns with his new album entitled 'Spoils of War'. The project features collaborations with New York heavy hitters Vado, Fred the Godson, and Statik Selectah as well as production from Mano Soundmachine. The first single/video 25th hour shot on location in NYC, features Bless and Bronx native Fred The Godson exchanging punch line after punch line and clever wordplay over melodic horns and hard hitting beats. 'Spoils of War' stands out from beginning to end, with street anthems such as "Luxury Rap" & "Huge Star" and more introspective tracks like "Feel this Pain" and "paid the price" not to mention banging production and meticulous delivery throughout.
SWAMP THING - PLANET MURK
Toronto's three-headed monster, Swamp Thing, is back with an incredible new album, Planet Murk. For the first time in their five-year history, Timbuktu, Chokeules, and Savilion have outsourced the production (which is usually handled by Savilion or Timbuktu) to super producer Peter Project, and his army of 808s, 303s, MPC 60s, and SP-12s. The result is a Swamp Thing album unlike any other.
"Planet Murk? It's equal parts Gravediggaz and Beastie Boys, Wes Craven and Tim Burton. It's as swampy as ever, but on this one we're having even more fun." - Chokeules
"We're going hambolini like Gandolfini!" - Savilion
The new Swamp Thing and Peter Project album, Planet Murk, is available 10/31/15 on URBNET. Happy Halloween.
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!