Subversively enigmatic as ever, ✘O ✘V ✘T is back at it again with the Halloween release of his latest EP, 001. I still don’t know much about the Montreal-based artist but lately he’s been releasing things with a bit more structure and consistency than usual. Hopefully, he keeps things up and his presence only increases from here on out.
In commemoration of his own IXXI Initiative, Sean Leon returns today with his latest offering intriguingly entitled Sean Leon (The Death Of). It is 32 minutes of continuous music displaying new vocal and production experimentations throughout the runtime; possibly acting as a precursor and introduction showing listeners what to expect from his forthcoming album, King & Sufferin. The Death Of finds Leon singing on more of an equal footing as his rapping. The overall feel of this project is warmer — thanks to the electronic and dance elements — than his previous releases, and it’s easy to tell Leon is trying something new to great effect.
Each frame of LA Timpa's "2;ep1" is captivating and carefully curated as the beat pulsates with gliss from location to location; occasionally rumbling alongside the lyrics aimed at the monotony of existence.
Near the end of January, Toronto-based artist Kafayé reintroduced himself through the release of three new songs entitled: "Balmain," "Consuela" and "Paradise." In all of which, the 21-year-old vocalist blends his Carribean roots and influences with contemporary sounds of soul and R&B. The resulting mixture is reminiscent of the islands whilst being grounded in city life. Friend and collaborator, Abdullah, produced the triplet of singles and together they're still working forward to progress. I had the opportunity to see the pair perform live at Outtaline's "Volume 4" showcase a few weeks ago. The songs translated well; and Kafayé's upcoming project, The Sweet Summer Experience, is definitely something to look out for.