Instrumental

Ritchcraft – Swaine

Ritchcraft – Swaine

Comparisons. These have been the lifeblood of music bloggers & writers for ages. This is especially true when an act comes out of a somewhat smaller, lesser known geographical area and makes a splash. Each subsequent act to emerge from said area with a sound even remotely similar sound gets tagged as the new so(…)

Tor – Drum Therapy

Tor – Drum Therapy

It’s really quite pleasing when an album you’ve been anticipating for a while ends up exceeding your expectations. Vancouver producer Tor makes really good instrumental, downtempo/hip hop-influenced music, and I’d been supremely impressed each and every time we were sent some of his work. But I’d been waiting a while (a couple years maybe) for(…)

Virtual Flannel – Hey There Bird

Virtual Flannel – Hey There Bird

I’ve said something to this effect before, but, for me at least, it seems as though many of the most interesting hip hop-related projects we get sent from Canada are of the instrumental variety. It also seems that these folks are finding it easier to make noise in other locales versus their own backyard. This(…)

Ocean Towers – Chapter 2

Ocean Towers – Chapter 2

Ordinarily, an outfit like Ocean Towers, whose latest release Chapter 2 is composed of two twenty minute instrumental jams, likely wouldn’t be atop my posting todo list. But, after the slugfest work has been the last few days, zoning out to “stoner/psychedelic/doom” rock seemed like a very attractive proposition. Luckily for me, this Halifax foursome(…)

Elaquent – Parallel

Elaquent – Parallel

I’m not sure Guelph is the first place that comes to mind when you think of Instrumental hip hop music, but perhaps it should. Elaquent calls G-Town (sorry, I have no idea what Guelph’s nickname is) home and has been making a considerable name for himself in that field over the last couple years. I’ve(…)