Back when Soundcloud was in it’s heyday mash up artist Duncan Gerow’s
catalog flourished and reached audiences all over the world. The meld of
you’re favourite Soundcloud artist and favourite mainstream heavyweight’s
was perfect to cross pollinate fans into one another’s world of music.
Since the big labels came down on the platform Duncan Gerow has been making
account after account dodging the copy-write police. Leaving fans chasing
his name through the search bar time and again..
Get into this one hour mix featuring the mashes so many of us have been
chasing all this time. Free download available for the masses.
Montreal’s Tibe is killin’ it with the trap singles these days, blending atmospheric synths with bouncy beats to get your vertebrae vibrating. Yow!
I’m diggin’ the slow lead-up and smooth descent in Tantivity. The intricacy and well-timed switch-ups are seriously refreshing in a city as dominated by techno and progressive house as Montreal. Makes me wanna gro0ove, how bout you?
Tibe’s been stacking up with some big names as of late, doing a show with Whatsonot last summer and opening for Baauer on multiple occasions. If you’re dying to get down and dirty to this guy’s smoke-and-sparks sound, look no further than Saturday, February 25th at Newspeak. Should pair nicely with Cosmo’s Midnight’s bubbly, feel-good music and the hip hop remixes Whereisalex has been making a name for himself with. Actually though, I would love to give a flying high five to whoever organized this line up. Thank you, Newspeak.
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Momma told me not to sell work.. Montreal’s YL is keeping the good fighting going with Soundcloud. Not sure how many accounts deep the club king is at this point, but it’s been a few to date. Jersey Club flavour on the Migos’ lastest for the free.
This is a bit different from the KRANE I listened to a year or even half a year ago. But it is important for artists to evolve so I ain’t mad at it. I’m old and shit anyways. I can only take loud trap sounds for so long before I want to pull the remainder of my hair out. So go here kids and enjoy yourselves.
Here is what happens when you know how to use hypersaws and 80’s influences of pop music. Most of the time people get this wrong and give birth to some terrible sounding shit. This Joe Mason remix is dope. I will admit however, that I got no clue what the original sounds like, but I dig this enough to not really give a shit about checking.
So I have been galavanting in obscure lands full of chocolate and drugs lately. Here are a shit tonne of songs that I been jamming to while doing so. I will not comment on the music too hard as it’s already obvious that I think it’s good and having me shower these things with compliments does nothing in my opinion. I will give you brief snapshots of my travels instead!! Music is meant to be heard man. So click around, listen, and follow the artists you like because those follows actually count for something.
I arrived to Eastern Europe in November without a jacket. I looked like an asshole. Then the only jacket I could find that was decent, was an Armani one with a fur hood… I looked like an even bigger asshole then.
Someone tryin to bite my Guappy style with their Guepy lil’ name yo. I listened to this little rnb number in a sauna in a hotel one night. There were three Czech girls there and that was dope as fuuuuu… Didn’t get laid though. However, the pity points were flying high cos i feigned a broken leg and told them I broke it rescuing a dog from an abusive owner. He hit me with his car .*wink*
At first I read this as superorgasm and was super stoked because I haven’t had one of those in a decade. The reality dawned on me shortly after but I remain in high spirits that one day, I will once more, have a superduperorgasm. This song is great for train travel. I remember looking out the window on a 6 hour train trip and seeing all these busted up lil houses that look like they got hit by bombs and farm animals and shit. It kinda fit.
I played this for my uber driver. He was in his 60’s and smelled of cigarette butts. I think he was really into it!! Them old Euro guys are into rnb smooth shit man. I bet he was a ladykiller when he was younger… figuratively speaking. Or even literally.
What’s next Rob? I will tell you what’s next. Next you’re gonna get them girls with the big booty and expensive taste in wine, with that whiteboy hiphop rnb shit you’re pullin off on this song. I am actually into this one a lot. I blast this shit in my hotel in the mornings while brushing my teeth and pretending I am in YOUR music video. Serious.
I pretended this guy was my friend when I was at a party so that the girls think I’m cool. ” Yeah the guy is super nice yo. Great voice, smooth as silk and all the girls love him so they also love me because I am friends with him!”
You know what the definition of insanity is? It’s when you do fuckin’ complicated shit for literally no reason. Such as put numbers and combinations of all caps and lowercase in your name. Seriously. If this song didn’t sound like a girl I wanted to date in the 90’s, then I would fuckin’ strangle the creative genius behind that name. With hugs of course. Strangle with hugs. Well done on this song here. The vibe really helped my euro trip travels.
The chorus on this is so dopely greasy. Like the deep fried potato pancakes I got in Poland the other day. Did you know that you can grate down potatoes with onion and a little bit of egg and deep fry that shit and pretend that the heart attack around the corner is nothing but a “pancake”?
Yo when an engineer gets the warm analog mix right, it’s so right. It literally reminds me of getting my new sony headphones in high school for my new sports lock walkman. It’s like a blanket made of the softest of lamb wool. For your brain. I was traversing through cold Warsaw streets listening to this shit and it was perfect for my frost bitten head… Shitty graffiti on walls that shouldn’t be vandalized around me, these trains that just recklessly cut through traffic intersections, women that definitely don’t want to talk to me… :)
Keep Kaleem Taylor away from any girl I know! Unless she is a swamp ting for whom I have no attraction whatsoever. My standards are lower than ice cube’s 1990s pants though so it’s probably safe to say, keep Kaleem away from all women in my life. You panty dropper you. With them slick opening lines.
This Dilla and Madlib style of hiphop is perfect for long walks through shite neighbourhoods. I literally had a fuckin piece of a wall fall on me while I was listening to this! No joke! I was walking back from my favorite restaurant and i felt someone tap me on the shoulder. I look back, no one there. I look up and a bunch of rocks were falling from like, 4 stories up! I ran and a giant chunk of a the face of the building fell right where I was walking. The best part was, no one around me seemed phased by it at all.
Some smooth westcoast g shit for your new age years here. I miss my hazy LA sunsets when I listen to this song. Ugh, what I wouldn’t do to be in my shitty spanish hills neighbourhood on my porch right now.
This guy is literally one of the only producers whom I don’t ream out for their use of Hypersaws and LFO’s. Usually that shit just turns into a hot mess. But I still don’t fuckin’ know how to say his damn name. Like, why you gotta be so complicated fam?
John F Henessy is one of the dopest names I have come across in a long time. I love this. And the music is dope as fuck. It sounds exactly what I would imagine a man by this name to sound like. Here is one thing though. John, I didn’t fuck up your title by dropping a comma. A comma before an “and” isn’t necessary. I know I make plenty of grammar errors but usually it’s because I am just lazy and it makes me look cooler when my grammar is on par with a lab chimp’s.
I feel like, if Kid Cudi was a better rapper he would sound like this kid here. This vibe yo. It’s so groovy. I am a sucker for wonky experimental moody rnb. This video should have more love. Keep doin your thing lil Don.
Okay Kids! That is all for now! I am going back to steam rooms with old italian dudes talking business but really they’re beaten down by their arthritis and their wives. So they get away once a day and pretend to be powerful by swearing and waving their hands in a sauna where no one can hear them cry.
Okay so this is totally fucked you guys. My girlfriend went to Paris not a long time ago and I was like, okay you are going with your friends and you don’t want me to go because I don’t like snails and I think eating bone marrow out of a cut up femur roasted in an oven is a little fucked. ( They do that, the French..) She leaves and I am LOVING LIFE. So much freedom, no nagging ! It’s fuckin heaven! So one morning at 4 pm, I log into my youtube account, still in my jammies, and look at these fucking parkour fails as a way to get myself ready for another day out there in the world, when on my sidebar a suggestion comes up. Chainsmokers… So I’m like, alright alright I will listen to this before I get DESTROYED with remix submissions and I end up not liking the original. The song is about paris but I don’t think this was filmed there. Unless I am just really fuckin mistaken about Paris. In which case, I would be pissed, cos I wanna romp around with some hussy on beaches amongst palm trees. Justy sayin.
Much like your average, garden variety polar bear enthusiast, So Sus is delving into the uncharted waters of 2017. White capping many of us with the launch of the the new collective, Crystals. The newly formed collective has it’s eye’s set on the horizon and have already emerged with an introductory video announcing their launch to Vancouver and beyond, whilst announcing the first compilation due out on the 23rd of this month, entitled, Crystals Vol. 1. We caught up with the Founder, So Sus, to gain some insight into what’s been brewing from the Crystals corner.
Play through the Crystals Vol. 1 Minimix while you get your familiar getting on.
What was the main incentive to start this new collective? Is there a gap in the Vancouver scene that needs filling?
Actually the desire was more created by what I saw online rather than IRL in Vancouver. A few months ago I started a weekly feedback sessions were I would use the first hour of my weekly studio sessions at Feel & Think Studios in Downtown Vancouver to listen to listen to people’s tracks with great sound system in a treated room. I got a good response from this and started to see some really amazing artists who I wanted to push but in my opinion a repost and follow can only go so far. So I decided to go further and get a crew together of some guys whose sound I really liked.
From the outside the collective is obviously focused on putting out music but for the guys involved there’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes such as feedback on music, release strategies, sharing contacts and obviously dank memes. Really there’s some guys I came across that I want to see succeed so the collective is a way to try pool resources and also it’s great to feel part of something and not just be a guy in your mom’s basement making weird noises.
Did you know all of the members before deciding to run with the idea, or was the idea of a new collective something that attracted the other members?
I knew about half the crew the member from either running into them at shows or just somehow linking up on online spaces such as reddit and soundcloud and having a mutual appreciation for each other’s music.
Who are the current members and where do they hail from?
So there are 11 of us in Crystals So Sus , Angst, Someone Someone and Moxsa all from Vancouver the everyone else is pretty spread across the world with Banora from Croatia , Elex from Ukraine, Ewoke from Germany Favien is our token Australian , Outset and Shwirl are from the good ol’ USA and Troupe is From England.
How long has this project been in the making?
I had the idea for a little while but really started working towards this about 5 months ago. That’s when I came up with the name for the collective and once it had a name became a thing to me.
Have you even helmed a project like this before? You are currently member of a couple really good outlets.
A while back I did head up a collective but I was in my last year of University and most of the member were in University so and it was really hard to keep up with it and school. But I had a small label from LA involved with it that which is was cool cause essentially I made it into a free release sub label for them. But It did also feel at time that I was restricted in what I could do with it since the label was a house music label but I started being interested in trap and other things than four to the floor beats at that time. So I had to make a tough decision to kinda leave it and focus on my solo project as it stylistically it started to change whole lot.
Yeah I’m also part of Sola which is headed by Enshway, Myrne and Awoltalk. Shout out the squaaaaa *Mexican Airhorns*
Is there an avenue that remains untapped as far as collectives go? A clear lane that no one’s been inning yet. You don’t have to spoil er’ if so.
I think a lot of collective are into a sound (think like Soulection) and that’s not what we are about, it’s more about being sonically interesting. At the core with Crystals the aim is to showcase really unknown talents. For example Elex one of our members is seriously one of the craziest producers I have come across but I think he has less than 200 followers on soundcloud, which based on the quality of his music is almost crazy to me. So The collective is meant primarily for guys like him and outlet to push good music no matter who is making it. From what I see a lot of collectives are looking for someone who is already hot or on the come up. At crystals we see potential and wanna grow with people and grow a family.
With all the platforms competing with one another, are you looking to a few that fans and followers can focus on for the majority of Crystals news?
Really the best place to hear about what we are about what we are up to is on Facebook and Twitter but obviously the most important thing is the tunes we drop on Soundcloud. In addition there will be other things such as sample pack sand we hope to also get into some live shows in Vancouver.
How is the focus of releases going to be spent? Is the collective looking towards singles, or more EP / larger project releases?
We plan on releasing larger compilations quarterly. There may be some single sprinkled here and there. But the focus will be the quarterly compilations.
What are the plans for the new year? Crystals has already kicked things off with a nice intro video.
We Plan to drop our first compilation for free on 23 January on soundcloud. It features tracks from all members of the collective. It will be nice to finally share some sounds to describe what we are all about. Also I should mention that anyone is free to submit songs for consideration on future compilations. Lots of work went into that video glad you enjoyed it.
I remember being in the 90’s and this takes me right back there. I can’t wait to spin this at a local party where the beers are cheap, and the women are all short and sweaty. Yo also, I bet this producer is a fuckin’ Power PC user cos otherwise their name would be Command S. What is annoying here though is that the LABEL that put this out, didn’t put the link to whoever Control-S is and that pisses me off. So I am putting Radikal Records on blast here. Huge writeup about ALL THIS SHIT I WILL NEVER READ under the Soundcloud description but you’re missing the person who remixed it!? Really? I did some googling though!
Not gonna lie, at first few seconds of a listen I was like, chipmunks voices? But then it turned out homie Thurxday from South Korea got some soul yo. I hear all sorts of things about South Korea. Such as, they build upwards cos that place just ain’t got the space on the ground to house all the people. I imagine one day that it will pretty much look like all the Anime cartoons look. At that time, I shall visit. Until then, I will avoid it cos I don’t think I can handle the spicy cabbage and shit like that.
Anuka you are a sexy sounding little mermaid and I love it. This cut has some really cool drunky vibes. The bells in the production really worked for me. I love that half cut wobbly shit. The subject matter is cool here and the vocal execution is exactly what it needs to be. Pretty effortless. I want to like, clean my room to this. In my boxers, all sexy like, while a girl is on the bed drinking wine and everything is happening in slow motion.
I like Unlike Pluto yo. I have posted some of the homie’s music in the past and here I go again. This cut is soulful as fuck. It makes me miss the early days of Flume, not in the fact that the production is similar but that you got dope groove on the drums, it hits heavy and has soulful vocals on the cut. Great work Pluto. I would never Unlike you. I suggest y’all LIKE Pluto and follow! (see the dry pun here? oh yeah.. one step away from being a dad)
Sometimes I dig weird bedroom hiphop that is heavily autotuned. Sometimes I FUCKIN HATE IT. Usually I hate it and my first response is, nah fam, get outta here with your autotune. But today is one of those days where I came along something weirdly raw enough to appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong. There is lots of work that needs to be done on this song still in my opinion. But sometimes a song has something in it regardless. So sip your purple and sprite and enjoy yourself some Kevin Livez.
The intro on this next number is so strong. The vocal chops and chords compliment each other perfectly. This is some dope pop shit. I get a bit annoyed at the girl telling me to put my fuckin’ phone down in the song though. She talkin about being there with her clothes off while homie is on his phone. I mean… girl, he probably checkin’ his instagram thots. Give the man some space! Sounds like he NEVER puts the phone down by what I am here here. I think it might be all the nagging. Usually I get like that when I get nagged at. Just sayin’, that maybe you’re just boring and frumpy or some shit yo. Be honest with yourself girl. Good work Evan Berg and Lost Kings “Phone Down”
This song goes iiinnnn. I want to be in some dingy sweaty club spilling my vodka orange on some scenester’s shoes. The artworks is fucked uuuppp too so I am totally into it. Let’s do some drrruugggssss to this. “HOLLYWOOD”
The intro to this song is obscenely epic. It’s to a point where I get a little sick listening to it. Like, wtf am I in a movie with some ridiculous love chase where everything is a montage?! But the chorus on this is soooo proper that you could pretty much have 3 minutes of fart sounds and I would still post it.
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