Quick Hitters:: Ron Contour & Factor

This is kind of a mea culpa post, for Ron Contour & Factor’s Saffron, an album I didn’t get around to posting on, but has consistently made me go “what song is this?” with enjoyment over the last couple months when one of its songs has come up on shuffle. Ron Contour is the name of Moka Only’s “cousin”, a mustachioed, Humpty-like alter ego who raps with a style and sophistication most MC’s wished they had.

 

As enjoyable as Moka might be in his Ron Con guise on this album, and he is rather enjoyable, it’s Saskatoon producer Factor that steals the show for me I think. I enjoyed Factor’s most recent release, Lawson Graham - an album with plenty of excellent production of its own, but there’s something irrisitable about the beats on Saffron, they are a little less experimental than Factor’s other work, and just really damn good.

 

Just listen to the first 4 or 5 songs on the album and you’ll be converted. The neck-snapping drums and guitar licks on Diner put a definite pep in Ron & Moka’s collective step: “the tough guy shit is so homo-tastic, control your masculine and watch how the raps stick”. The excellently named Confused Nougat (nougat is just a great word) has some really catchy, FM rock radio-influenced production, and once again Moka keeps up with the high tempo track easily. Glad features a more wistful sounding Ron Contour doing what he does best: rappin’ about rappin’ and crooning on the chorus. The jazzy, almost middle-eastern Whipple Tree, is awkwardly delicious and contains a 3rd Bass shoutout for bonus points “Steppin’ to the AM, Peter Nash, Michael Berrin, look we cause mayhem”.

 

The whole thing flies by before you know it, as only one of the 12 songs is longer than 3 minutes, but if you want some an album that’ll have you grinning and nodding your head for a half-hour, Saffron is a solid option. And if that isn’t enough Ron Contour for you, it seems he’s recently done another collabo with Vancouver’s E.D.G.E. aka Jimmy The Bang, which you can snag gratis. So, you know, do that.

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MP3:: Ron Contour & Factor - Diner

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MP3:: Ron Contour & Factor - Glad

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MP3:: Ron Contour & Jimmy The Bang - Get Slimy

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Herohill » Blog Archive » Rap-Sack Backpack:: CBC R3 Podcast Edition Ep. 1 November 30th, 2010 at 9:37 am

[...] a bit more love. This is a great tune, with a solid name, from an album, Saffron that grew on me the more I listened to it. The production from Saskatchewan producer Factor is pretty amazing on this album and you get a [...]

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