Alright, so I’m publishing Thursday Play on…Friday. I’m putting the blame on midterms, whatevah whatevah.
Anyways. On to the good stuff. This week’s review is a less recent drop; Vancouver’s Elekwent Folk released their new album in August. What I enjoyed most about listening to this album was…
…a great review of our new album by Hip Hop Canada… check it out!
Vancouver, B.C. – Northern Lights is the latest LP from Vancouver-based hip-hop group Elekwent Folk. Friends since high school, the group consists of producer AstroLogical and MCs A-Ro and Slippery Elm. With the infusion of jazz, progressive rock samples and raw drum breaks, the trio has crafted a sound that echoes their classic hip-hop influences but still has a modern touch.
From the get go, it’s pretty clear from the hushed lyrics and groovy beats that this definitely isn’t your mainstream hip-hop; it actually compares more easily to a modern-day hippie vibe. Just a listen to the first couple of tracks, “Borealis” and “Seasons Go” sets a tone of spirituality, culture, and passion for the album. The lyric and beat combination makes their sound reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest, with its chill yet influential vibe. The chemistry between members of the group is really captured on “Beat Pilgrims”, where they feed off of each others’ energy – without overpowering the other – while spitting a story. By the end of the LP, most listeners will inspired to do something empowering themselves!
With appearances from Moka Only and Panther, the album screams West Coast. The most beautiful place on Earth is celebrated on every track. The trio strictly sticks to a theme, and that consistency is the difference that made Northern Lights a real piece of musical art.
Written by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada
Elekwent Folk – “Found Something” (NEW Video)
LIVE @ Republic:
PAC DIVISION (Los Angeles)
SIR MICHAEL ROCKS (Chicago)
With Special Performance by A-Ro & Ill Tone
Alongside DJs J-Fresh, Seko, Unit & Shakespeare
California trio Like, Mibbs, and BeYoung came together in high school to form Pacific Division. The group has crafted an original timeless sound that is influenced by the golden era of hip hop. Pac Div’s mixtapes and releases (Pac Div EP & The Div LP) simply affirms that good music is timeless while their live show is, well, live
Sir Michael Rocks is best known as one half of the rap due The Cool Kids along side Chuck Inglish. While The Cool Kids are on hiatus, Mikey has focused on his solo career and signed to Currency’s Jet Life Records. He has dropped 4 solo mixtapes over the past couple of years. 2011’s The Rocks Report and Premier Politics, and 2012’s Premier Politics 1.5 and most recently Lap Of Lux.
Tuesday October 9th – 9:00PM-3:00AM
at Best of Both Worlds Tuesdays
Republic Nightclub – 958 Granville St
Twitter: @RepublicYVR @itspacdiv @sirmichaelrocks @ElekwentFolk @jfresh604 @djseko @deejayunit @DJGRatt @KimberlyFraatz @Donnelly_Group
We’ve got some news for y’all!
It’s kind of a sombre day regardless of the nice weather due to the fact that long-time affiliates and friends in the Panther band are taking off for Montreal tomorrow to build and grow out east. This crew also includes Elekwent Folkian AstroLogical… while we’ll all continue to work long-distance and visit for shows and such it feels like a part of me is dipping to Montreal as well. With Slippery in Spain and Astro in Montreal… get setup for this solo A-Ro EP entitled “8th Ave” featuring more production from Astro, and some new features from the likes of M▲GGZ, Jolin Ras, & Moka Only.
On a side-note… We shot another video with a gentleman by the name of Roddy Mcenroe… and it’s coming SOON… as in next weeeek!
MOKA ONLY - “SLEEPING DOGS” (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
…new video for “Sleeping Dogs” off the new Airport 6 album by Moka Only. Cameo from yours truly… minus Astro.
Daily 2% - Chilled and Ready to Serve [Elekwent Folk]09.04.2012 Montrey Whittaker
“Today’s delivery is brought to you by Elekwent Folk. This Vancouver based hip-hop group only recently jumped on my radar but they’ve been making music since about 2008. As soon as I heard their new album, Northern Lights, I was very upset that I hadn’t been up on them long before because it’s obvious they have talent from the first time you hit play. The group consists ofAstroLogical, A-Ro and Slippery Elm who obviously are and continue to be inspired by early jazz hop. They put more emphasis on lyrics and theme instead of just going for quick commercial successful sounds which you have to appreciate. The track I’m bringing to you today is called “Found Something” which takes use of that classic chilled out harmonized vocal instrumental. Check out the track and chill….”
…Peace to Earmilk for the love!