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Toronto based collective NO TOURISTS share their explosive new single ‘DUMBO’. Made up of five independent artists and two producers based in Toronto, including French-Congolese rapper Keynes Woods, and Garçons frontman Deelo Avery, NO TOURISTS showcase their blazing sound with a fusion of hip-hop, rap, R&B and soul with inspirations from the UK’s drill and grime scene. Check out the hard-hitting single and it’s equally fiery music video directed by Kevin Kudukis here.
Canada based rapper K-OS with fellow native Kaytranada on an explosive and powerful new five-track EP in the form of ‘Boshido’. The project serves as the follow up to K-OS’ 2015 album ‘Can’t Fly Without Gravity’ and 2018 single ‘No Bucks’ and unsurprisingly is another lyrical masterpiece from start to finish as he works his magic over Kaytranada’s bouncy and vibrant soundscapes. Check out the project, which features a previously released remix of K-OS’ single ‘Crucial’ here.
Toronto’s Keynes Woods links up with fellow MC’s Just John and So Loki on blistering new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, the first taste of his upcoming new EP. Having released a slew of standalone singles in the form of ‘Threat‘ (which he performed for COLORS), ‘Avarice’, ‘Groovy’ and ‘Water In The City’, Woods delivers another spectacular cut that features his sharp and confident lyrics over an eerie and utterly captivating beat. Check out the track here and look for Keynes Woods’ debut project ‘Kongo KANE’ which is out February 2020.
Opening with the line “I feel like a god right now” couldn’t be more apt for ‘I Know’, the latest single from Sri Lankan-Canadian artist and producer Yanchan. Fusing a fiery hip-hop beat with Carnatic nuances, ‘I Know’ is a collaboration with fellow native Shan Vincent de Paul who blitz through his powerful and hard-hitting verse with ease. Together, the pair have created a song that empowers and celebrates both the Eastern and Western influences, masterfully blending the sounds to create a seamless, powerful statement.
Loud, the MC from Montreal reveals a very convincing and faithful piece in the form of ‘Médalilles’ where his melancholic intonations are accompanied by sharp punchlines. Now that the excitement of the beginnings has passed, the young man seems quite overwhelmed, almost already exhausted by the world and events that now surround him. Loud returns this year with a brand new album that allows him to further serve as the ambassador of French-speaking Canadian rap status. The successor to the unmissable ‘Une année record’ is named ‘Tout ça pour ça’ and will be released on May 24th.