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Play it cool, hotshots

One of the great things about music in the modern age is that there’s so much of it, it’s impossible to stay on top of it all, which also happens to be one of the most frustrating things about music in the modern age. It was with much delight and simultaneous chagrin that I came across North Carolina producer L’Orange and Chicago rapper Jeremiah Jae’s new album, The Night Took Us in Like Family. Apparently L’Orange has been around for some time and seriously how the fuck am I just finding out about his work?

Without fear of exaggeration I am happy to say this is some of the best hip hop I’ve heard in some time. They somehow manage to stay true to the roots of hip hop without falling into the trap of backpack rap, which is what happens far too often in less talented and innovative hands. The flows are quick, nimble and raw and at times I swear Jeremiah Jae sounds like Q-Tip on a Tribe track. That alone is reason enough to share, L’Orange’s incredible beats aside. The whole album is solid but for now get a fresh taste of this:

This man is my hero

Some people like to bemoan the current hip hop zeitgeist as it continues to move away from poetry and consciousness, and more toward the abstract and raw emotion. The DJ/producer, originally the main act in hip hop, has returned to prominence with the rapper shifting back towards their role as emcee, the ringmaster of the moment. In this instance, DJ Carnage fully harnesses ILoveMakonnen’s style in an electrifying fusion of massive production and abstract delivery. There may not be a message, it’s certainly not conscious, but god damn it feels fucking fantastic. I LIKE TUH!

“To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub”

Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans! They don’t celebrate shit up here in French Canada but the personal sentiment remains. Today, I am thankful for this song from Chance the Rapper’s new band The Social Experiment. Yes, that’s right, Justin Bieber collaborator and suburban-friendly rapper Chance is gracing the pages of Electric Panda Music. Honestly though, there’s not a whole lot of choice in the matter as “Sunday Candy” is an undeniable hit, the most upbeat of songs to ever pick you up off your feet. So for today, smile and move your body through the plinkety plinks of the piano keys and be happy for the friends and family who love and care about you.

"Smells like updog in here"

“Smells like Updog in here”

Two guys that I’ve gotten to know a little bit since moving to the Great White North are Montreal producers Thomas White and Dear Lola. Together they’ve founded the RAW Records label, and stand as a prime example of the immense talent in our local music scene. This time around they’re teaming up to release a new EP in December featuring remixes from the rest of the RAW Records family. This Rae Sremmurd remix is just a taste of what’s to come, plus it makes for some great Sunday afternoon introspection. You’ll be hard pressed to not have “bad bitches! red cups with the ice!” stuck in your head for the rest of the week.

If you’re local, they’re kicking up a monthly event series called #SSEENN, with the first show on November 22nd at The Blue Dog.

Some people just have “those” faces, you know?

I’m a little upset that I find myself here, now, about to even make this post. As one of the vanguards of chillwave, Toro y Moi (in my personal, critical opinion) represents everything that was awful and boring about indie rock over the last few years. That said I guess all Chazwick (ugh) Bundick needed to make actually good music was reverting to another moniker. He’s got an album coming as Les Sins, and this single release shows a lot of promise in what that might hold. “Talk About” is a dope mix of hip hop and house that could easily be set on loop for hours.

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