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Watch: Fast Romantics – “Why We Fight” *Springsteen/Arcade fire influenced

April 9th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

Toronto-based indie rockers, Fast Romantics are thrilled to announce that their highly-anticipated sophomore LP American Love will be released on April 28 via Light Organ Records. New single “Why We Fight” has this uplifting rock/pop vibe similar to Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, it’s easy to enjoy the power pop hooks and I can’t wait to hear the full album from these guys!

Watch “Why We Fight” official video below. (more…)

Video: iSH – Light Up feat. Daniel Richter *hip-pop fun

April 3rd, 2014 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Pop |

Why has my favorite new hip-hop been coming out of Canada? With the latest video from Zoo Legacy to everything Drake puts out to always remembering who the most underrated hip-hop artist of all time is, K-Os, Canada has been balling more in the hip-hop department than America, step up Patriots!

Here’s the latest hip-pop video from iSH which sounds like a radio hit if more well known artists were attached to this production. Watch the video to “Light Up” featuring Daniel Richter below. (more…)

Download: Zoo Legacy – City Light Glow (Free EP)

September 19th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

About a week ago, Zoo Legacy released City Light Glow, a 5-track EP that is a MUST-DOWNLOAD if you dig genre-blending music. The Toronto indie rock/alternative hip-hop group that reminds me of The xx mixed with Kid Cudi has been on our radar for a long time and this release only furthers proof that Zoo Legacy will become a mainstream act, just as we predicted with fellow Canadian act DVBBS.

Stream and DOWNLOAD City Light Glow.

Previous: Zoo Legacy – L.K.U.T. (Video)

Stream: iSH – Rollin *song featured on Olympics!

August 1st, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |

When I saw Ish Morris on the inbox of unread mail, I immediately opened it up to find that iSH finally has a new track. The song is titled “Rollin'” and is currently being used for the CTV London Olympics 2012 highlight reels presented by Coca-Cola!

Stream the hip-pop hit “Rollin'”.

Here’s another track from iSH that dropped a couple months ago and has an electro hip-hop vibe that I really dig as well.

Previous: iSH – So Long

Mashup Monday: Steely Chan *funky hip-hop groove

July 16th, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Mashup Monday |

We haven’t done Mashup Monday in awhile, mostly because I’m starting to hate how catchy and similar-sounding mashups have become. I’m losing respect for the genre, because I know how easy it is to make a mashup and I don’t like how popular some mashup artists have become for mixing one song with another song or two.

However Steely Chan seems to have created mashups that have funky grooves more along the lines of remixes, by mixing in some funky instrumentals into mostly classic hip-hop songs.

Stream and download my most recent favorite from Vancouver’s Steely Chan.

Here’s another five mashup/remixes from Steely Chan. (more…)

Hidden Gem: DVBBS *Electro/House Pop

March 20th, 2012 by | Electro, Electropop, Hidden Gem, House |

After successful tours with LMFAO, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, and Porter Robinson among others, it is only right that the Toronto brotherly duo DVBBS; composed of Alex Andre and Chris Andre have chosen to bring “INITIO” to life. 6 club dumping, head bopping, “let’s-get-totally-wasted” tracks all in on E.P. This is a must-listen project! DOWNLOAD INITIO

Here’s some words from DVBBS on it:

“Alex: We’ve been in the studio during the whole months of October, Decemeber 2011, night in and night out not only creating the music but also developing the best way we can communicate it to the world.
Chris: “I am overwhelmed by the amount of love people have been giving along with all the kind words. I can’t thank people enough for taking time out of their busy days to help support us, spread our music and vision. I do my best to read all the comments and respond to them so keep em coming they really fill my hear with that love.”
Alex: This is really our business card to the world, really want to show everybody that we’re about to go ham!!…just wait until you hear the official remixes, be ready! and thats my word to BeforeBigs.com”
Do you like what you’re hearing as much as me? Check out DVBBS links below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Wildlife *Rock

March 6th, 2012 by | Hidden Gem, Rock |

Here’s an up-and-coming Toronto rock band called Wildlife. In November 2010 they released their debut album, Strike Hard, Young Diamond (iTunes) and the album appeared on many year end best album lists. Today I present to you their first music video for the single, “Sea Dreamer”.

“Sea Dreamer” has a lot of rocking instrumentals going on and how they coincide with the vocals that carry so much weight and emotion. Seeing this song live, I bet the whole crowd would be singing along by the end of it.

After watching the video to “Sea Dreamer”, I decided to listen to their other free songs from their debut album. After listening to “Stand In The Water”, I knew these guys were hidden gem’s in my book. This Canadian rock band has a fun and real catchy sound that excites me for what Wildlife will put out next.

Stream and download three songs from Strike Hard, Young Diamond including my favorites “Stand In The Water” and “Sea Dreamer”.

After the jump, watch the official music video to “Sea Dreamer” and stream the whole debut album from Wildlife. (more…)

Jazz Cartier – Jet Plane *alternative hip-hop

February 28th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Jazz Cartier continues to improve with each track he drops. Here’s his first release of 2012 and it might be my favorite from the 18-year old Toronto MC. This is first leak off of Marauding in Paradise set to release April 14th. Don’t sleep on this young cat!

Cartier’s “Jet Plane” samples Angus And Julia’s song, “Big Jet Plane”. Download “Jet Plane”

Previous: Jazz Cartier – Olivier Garden

(Too Big For) Hidden Gem: The Weeknd

May 24th, 2011 by | R&B |

The R&B of the future! The Weeknd who I have recently come across in the last couple of weeks has a voice for the ages. It’s heart pounding and gets you pumped up. The Toronto based singer was first heard in late 2010 and he has quickly gained lots of popularity in the cyber world having well over 30,000 fans on Facebook and Twitter already! Back in March of this year, The Weeknd released a nine track album called House of Balloons. This is his first and so far only project of his that has been released to the project and it is amazing.

This artist sings over some raging beats which adds lots of uniqueness to his style of music. Each song has it’s own style adding to his credibility as a versatile artist. It’s tough to call this guy a hidden gem because he has blown up way faster than most musicians have in the last couple of months. However, he has not been around for very long and is still unknown to many people so I felt it was appropriate.

I love every track off of House of Balloons Take a listen and download the entire album, you will be hooked instantly!

Also make sure to become a fan of The Weeknd on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. This guy is blowing up very very fast and you’ll want to jump on his bandwagon while he is still relatively small.

Download: House of Balloons (Entire Album)

Jazz Cartier – “Jaguar Jazzy” *Must Listen New Hip-Hop Track

January 19th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

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Jazz Cartier is back and with a raw new track called “Jaguar Jazzy”, the first single off his upcoming mixtape, Losing Elizabeth. His flow is amazing over some beats which do a great job of pumping someone up. This rapper from Toronto, Canada has a bright future ahead of him and expect to hear a lot from him in 2011. Enjoy!

Download: Jazz Cartier – “Jaguar Jazzy”


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