Album Review: The Come Up – Dorian Thorson

DORIAN THORSON‘s debut album, ‘The Come Up’ encompasses all the stages of a relationship – from setting your eyes on the one for the first time to carrying heavy languages from a break-up.

A bed of airy soundscapes kicks off the album, through ‘Fallen’ and ‘Better’, joining the catchy urban b-line for a harmonious union where Thorson’s vocal performance oozes swagger on both productions.

The ten piece set shifts to afterhours mode through third offering ‘Flex’, boasting a sugary tranquil overtones coupled with that head-rolling b-line becoming more prominent. Further along the line, tracks such as ‘Forgive me’ and ‘Trust Issues’ possess a similar vibe but with a tag of toe-tingling trap/soul added to the drive.

Finishing off the album are ‘Luv U’, which continues the trip/soul vibe, picking up slight speed, and ‘Her’. The latter could be described as the odd ball of the album – and I mean that respectfully – as the piano centric production provides an intimate setting which encourages the prospective listener to really soak up the delicately heartfelt vocals provided by the man himself.

‘The Come Up’ is one of those albums that you can check in from five – or even ten years from now –  and still be pleasing to the ears. His debut offering should put him firmly on the one-to-watch radar for 2020.

Have a listen below…

Must Listens: Better, Flex, Forgive Me, Trust Issues

Song of the Day: I Wanna Dance/Lost Revisited – Heartstreets (ft. Karim Ouellet)

Montreal duo HEARTSTREETS (Gab Godon and Emma Beko) spent years perfecting their craft by releasing a string of critically acclaimed tracks.

The lead single off their 2016 debut You and I EP, ‘Cruising With You’, was an anthem that summer, garnering over 2.5 million streams. Following this success, Heartstreets shared the stage with the likes of Gallant, The Internet, Daniel Caesar, Charlotte Cardin, Busty and the Bass.

Their debut full length album, ‘Why Make Sense’ was released in February. Now, just a few months later, the duo have revamped some of the record’s key tracks on ‘Why Make Sense Revisited 2’.

The latest single/mashup, ‘I Wanna Dance/Lost, is a blend of the duo’s silky, smooth R&B sounds over hard-hitting beats, giving it somewhat a mainstream/likeable feel.

Check them out below…

Song of the Day: Relationsh!T – ShiesDaGod

Hailing from Montreal, Canada SHIESDAGOD makes his entry on the blog, claiming today’s hot spot with single entitled, ‘Relationsh!t’

Over a instantly catchy beat, the fiery emcee goes through the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship – an agony that we all experience at some point in our lifetime!

Go check him out below…and if you like what you’re feeling, why not check out more of his tracks on Spotify….enjoy!

Keynes Woods Is All About ‘Spiritual Healing’ In Brand New Single

Toronto-based rapper KEYNES WOODS‘ brand new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, explores how money equals happiness.

Laced with haunting piano melody, dark trap drums and chopped vocals reminiscent of Death Grips, ‘Spiritual Healing’ is a statement of intent. Featuring verses from fellow Canadian MC’s Just John and So Loki, it firmly places all three artists in the spotlight and affirms that these are three of the most exciting artists to hail from Canada.

This single is in the build-up the release of the full ‘Kongo KANE’ EP in early 2020. Check out the music video for the epic banger below…

Song of the Day: Bankroll – 88GLAM (ft. Lil Keed)

XO & YSL’s rising stars 88GLAM & LIL KEED have teamed up together on their latest single, ‘Bankroll’.

88GLAM have been hard at work on new music following opening label mate NAV’s sold out headline show in London earlier this year.

The Canadian duo’s first North American tour recently included their debut Coachella performance, followed by Juno nominations for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year. They’ve also celebrated over 250 million streams across their released projects 88GLAM RELOADED, 88GLAM2 and 88GLAM 2.5.

Atlanta based rapper and Young Thug protégé, Lil Keed exploded on to the scene last year with single ‘Nameless’ going on to receive over 27 million streams globally. 2019 Debut album, ‘Long Live Mexico’ hit the US Album chart top 30 and includes features from NAV, Lil Duke, Gunna, Guap Tarantino and Lil Gotit.

88GLAM’s most recent single “Lil Boat” has reached over 57 million global streams on Spotify alone and has seen support from artists including Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker and Bella Hadid amongst others.

Check them out below…