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by Shea

Jesse James (Solomon) ft Rejjie Snow — Tides

August 21, 2014 in Beats, Rap, Rap/Trap/Clap by Shea

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I’ve been a huge fan of Jessie James and Rejjie Snow since their work together on “Meddling Loops” and Rejjie’s “Rejovich” album (which , might I add has a hilarious cover worth looking up.) Anyway. Rejjie’s got some new work creeping up here soon and I’ve been anticipating it very patiently. Great hip hop from a remarkable group of artists. These guys are worth paying attention to if you haven’t been already.

by Gord

Shadows on Stars — Never Let Me Down

August 21, 2014 in Indie Pop, Synth Pop by Gord

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Harrymania2 just brought a relatively unknown song in to the spotlight and I’m very happy for it. Never Let Me Down is a potent blend between M83 and Sigur Ros. It’s strikingly different from the rest of SOS’s work, which I’m not entirely fond of. But when SOS wants to be beautiful, they do it effortlessly. This is a great example of that.

Just a true gem that is turned up a little late.

by Gord

Halifax Pop Explosion Band Reveal

August 20, 2014 in Articles, Based by Gord

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We’re through two waves of the band reveal for Halifax Pop Explosion, and from what I’ve heard from those around me the feeling is a bit lackluster. Hype isn’t through the roof yet, in fact hype has faded quietly. Sure, we have huge names from Rap, both old and new in Danny Brown, Ghostface and Raekwon that will be must see on name alone. But beyond that things just kind of seem to trail off. But the mistake would be under-estimating what is inside this lineup. There’s a lot of obscure bands in there. But last year, bands like Seoul, Tops and Young Galaxy were just names to me too. Now they are intense and pleasurable memories that will stick with me forever. So what we’re gonna do right here, or what I’m gonna do, is try and point out some of the promising acts so far. When the full lineup is out, and the schedule released, Shea and I will do our full Pop Explosion preview again. We’ll know more about the bands and about ourselves.

BADBADNOTGOOD

A stand-out act from HPX 2013. They played before Killer Mike and definitely made sure the crowd was running on nothing but pure adrenaline before he could take over the stage. (And take over he did, I’ve never seen any individual bring so much energy to a show and love the crowd so much). If you saw BBNG last year, then it’s probably a guarantee you’ll see them again. I don’t know if I had a happier moment in October than their cover of Bugg’n. They killed it. If you want to see a couple of guys bring nothing but pure energy to the stage doing relentlessly powerful Hip-Hop covers and originals then BBNG is just right for you.

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by Gord

Interpol — Ancient Ways & Anywhere

August 19, 2014 in post punk by Gord

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I wouldn’t be much of an Interpol fan if I didn’t post the second released song from Interpol’s upcoming album ‘El Pintor’.

But this track isn’t being posted in the same spirit as ‘All the Rage Back Home’. AtRBH had a quality about it that forced me to replay it over and over again to soak up everything I loved about Interpol. It was back in full force, all the sounds and all the feelings that were brought on in the early albums. ‘Ancient Ways’ however doesn’t have the same clarity. It’s a bit muddled together, all the instruments just making noise. Paul Banks voice still calls to us, and holds everything together, but the up and downs of a usual Interpol song are gone. Still, even at less than their best, they still give me something to listen to.

So fear not, because you can always soak up this “semi-live” performance of another new track, ‘Anywhere’ which is just tasty as all hell. Interpol is coming back. It’s going to be great.

by Gord

SNAKEHIPS — After I Met U

August 1, 2014 in Beats, Dance, Electronic by Gord

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Shea is a boi on the road, on to a new adventure for a year. While furniture is packed, cats are wrangled and Volkswagon Golf’s are filled, Gord is in charge of the content posting. Soon enough we’ll hear from Shea when he’s settled in. Until then I’m posting on his behalf, although I can’t say it’s as much on his behalf as I also enjoy the throwback sounds in any SNAKEHIPS songs. But Shea loves them, preaches their musical prowess, and they’ve seen plenty of play on Jzt2Boiz. This one is a banger. Enjoy it.

by Gord

BLACK MILK — Detroit’s New Dance Show

July 27, 2014 in Beats, Rap/Trap/Clap by Gord

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BLACK MILK, Producer and MC from Detroit, brings us this deep, dark, bangin’ jam that played any chance it had during my weekend. Again, I’m short on words and big on good music.

by Gord

Seekae — Test & Recognize ((FLUME Rework))

July 27, 2014 in Beats, Electronic by Gord

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This is just delicious. There’s nothing more to say. But I’ll say more. It’s a god damn treat for the ears. This should be throbbing through the rest of  the summer. Credit to both Flume and Seekae for building this.

by Gord

PLOY — Sunset Love

July 21, 2014 in Electronic, Synth Pop by Gord

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I could say I’m posting this song for Shea, as he cannot connect to the world wide web. I could also say I’m posting it for me, as my ears perked up as soon as he put it on.

PLOY wasn’t an unknown band to me. I fell for the song’s Fool, Gold and Anywhere over a year ago, but I forgot to hit ‘Follow’ and I never posted them to the boiz. I’d since forgotten about them, but good bands rise up again and again and are hard to ignore. Go do what I didn’t do, hit ‘Follow’ on their soundcloud page and be treated to some summer sunshine songs that glow so bright.

by Gord

The Bilinda Butchers — Ume ft. Juri Nakashima (HEAVEN Album)

July 16, 2014 in Dream Pop, Indie, Synth Pop by Gord

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I am eternally grateful to Shea for sending me a BB track, because I’ve been enamoured with them ever since. They hit all the right checkboxes in what I look for in music.

This is the opening track off of the Bilinda Butchers new album ‘Heaven’. It starts with a bit of M83′s ethereal spirit, then the floating vocals come in from a light dream pop world. The song just continues to add and add as it goes on, and gets more and more beautiful. This is a big song for a big album, ‘Heaven’, that was just released yesterday. I’ve been listening to it all day at work. It’s fantastic. It shows that the BB deserve more room in the spotlight.

You should probably go listen to the entire album right now HERE. Now. Do it now!

by Gord

Interpol – All the Rage Back Home

July 9, 2014 in Indie by Gord

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This might be just what I needed, and I’ve been waiting for this day for far too long. The news of a new Interpol album has been around for a very long time, but they’ve teased us with announcements and clips, but never a song. The 2 Boiz have been big Interpol fans for years. In fact, it was a common thread that started a friendship. You could say ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ is connected to Jzt2Boiz at the foundation.  So naturally these 2boiz are ecstatic to give our ears a taste of some new Interpol. And what a good treat it is. It’s a familiar sound, but all new. Exactly what you want to hear from your favorite artist. This is going to be good.

by Gord

The Bilinda Butchers — Hai Bby ft Tiny Microphone

July 3, 2014 in Dream Pop, Shoegaze by Gord

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This is posted on behalf of Shea, who is a natureboy on a vision quest right now. He sent me this song last week, and I’ve played the hell out of it since.  I recommend getting on their bandcamp and giving them a listen. ‘Hai Bby’ seems to be the stellar gem of the group, but there’s dream pop to be found everywhere. Check them out, give them a listen. Bands like this need some love because they’re doing it right.

by Gord

✫ ✬ Slow Magic ✬ ✫ — Girls

June 23, 2014 in Beats, Electronic by Gord

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Almost every Slow Magic release will get a post from Gord. Percussion-loving, dance floor driving beats are Slow Magic’s recipe for success. And it never seems to fail. He’s been travelling around the world playing magnificent shows, and like every single artist with any sort of meaningful music, he hasn’t come to Halifax. And probably never will. But this is my cry for it to happen. I love him. Halifax will love him. Make it happen. Mask and all.