Lyrique Shares New Video For Single ‘Smoke Break’

Philippines-born, Calgary-based hip hop act LYRIQUE‘s video for single, ‘Smoke Break’ is a narcotic-infused reflection on love and cannabis that swirls to a chill rap beat.

“When creating lyrics, I sometimes like to use objects as metaphors to dig into other topics,” says Lyrique. “In this case, I’m comparing the sensation of a drug-induced daze to the feelings of being in love.”

Shot in the Forest Lawn and Bridgeland neighbourhoods of Calgary, the hypnotic video features various area landmarks that serve as a shout out to the rapper’s adopted city. The video follows the release of a series of singles and mixtapes from the artist since 2016, which have drawn attention from COMPLEX, CBC’s Q, MTV Philippines, and more.

Arriving in Canada in 2014 to work as a live-in nanny, Lyrique’s rhymes often draw from his personal struggles as a temporary migrant worker. Now a permanent resident striving to fulfill his dreams, Lyrique’s story is one of many within Canada’s Filipino diaspora.

Lyrique’s debut full-length album will be announced later this summer…but for now, check out the video for ‘Smoke Break’ below…

 

Song of the Day: Ghost Town – Quad Zerimar

Taken from his eponymous debut EP, QUAD ZERIMAR‘s track, ‘Ghost Town’ focuses on the theme of addiction, portraying Quad to be addicted to a girl who is already in a relationship and invites her to his ghost town, where he feels lonely. When she finally accepts his invitation, it all turns lively and romantic – and when she leaves, another more sombre addiction becomes present – drugs – as he doesn’t know how to cope without her.

Throughout the song, there are references to the ghost town – carousel, empty public houses/bars, ferris wheels – accompanied by background adlibs, crazy vocal ranges with hidden meanings.

So listen up, as every time you hit play on this trap-hop offering, you’ll hear something new…

Song of the Day: High – Gillian

The first tease from her full-length album, ‘3AM’, singer/songwriter GILLIAN‘s new single, ‘High’, is a delightful piano-driven pop ballad with a very poignant message on the horrors of addiction.

Gillian says of her latest release: “The song took true emotions I was feeling in a relationship and created a story with them. It’s about how addiction can affect a relationship.”

Gillian treats her music as a conduit for truth. Whether behind the piano or with a guitar in hand, the Boston-based artist chronicles life’s ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and trials and tribulations with thoughtful clarity, poetic eloquence, and a stirring soulful voice. Documenting the dissolution of a relationship, confronting the pains of addiction, or facing loneliness, she confidently conveys unbridled emotion with wisdom that belies her 16 years of age.

Gillian made her introduction last year with the independent release of her debut EP, ‘Unfiltered’. The lead single, ‘What It Felt Like’, impressively tallied 200K Spotify streams. 2020 is set to be another banner year for Gillian as she heads towards the release of her album, 3AM, due for release this Summer.

Watch the video for ‘High’ below…

Sylo Shares New R&B Driven Piece, ‘Ginny’

Formerly as known as Sylo Nozra, SYLO‘s brand new single, ‘Ginny’ tackles the issue of being in a cycle of addiction, presented over a smooth, groove-driven R&B arrangements.

Born into a Korean family with religious roots, Sylo sang in church services as a child, leading him to learn several instruments at once. Sylo’s musical talents were further enhanced by his older sister who played 90s R&B and hip-hop.

The Toronto-based newcomer then turned his hand to writing and performing his own songs. His work has received global recognition, charting virally on both Spotify and Apple, amassing well over ten million plays. Additionally, Sylo’s songwriting skills have placed him in studios amongst Grammy-winning/nominated songwriters in Los Angeles, London and Toronto.

‘Ginny’ is taken from Sylo’s debut album, set for release in August.

Check out the single below…

Sunny Achille reflect on habit and addiction in ‘Obsession’

Brighton-based SUNNY ACHILLE signs out 2019 with the release of single ‘Obsession’

Produced by Kai-A, ‘Obsession’ is about habit and addiction. Sunny explains: “It’s something we can all relate to in some form. We can often break a promise to ourselves and find ourselves escaping in a toxic way. Down the rabbit hole we go with our Obsession!”

Sunny grew up on his mother’s music collection ranging from Jazzmatazz, Lighthouse Family & Seal – to Coolio and The Streets – which led to have a diverse musical palette of his own. Blending trap with dubstep like synths, Achille combines his hard-hitting lyricism with left-field hip-hop elements throughout ‘Obsession’.

‘Obsession’ is out now on all major download/streaming sites. Stay tuned for the official music video in the coming weeks….