STORRY is a sex-positive, queer, feminist, left-brained artist who is pushing culture forward. Writing and producing, she is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos.
Her art is raw and honest to the max. After surviving an abusive relationship, the Toronto-born songstress was left with the shards of broken self-esteem caused by trauma that she needed to put back together again. Her latest single, ‘Intimate Abuse’ is about finding someone amazing and loving, who saw her as beautiful in all of her complexity.
Though rooted in R&B/soul, STORRY is at home in many genres. The JUNO Awards nominated her for 2020 Reggae Recording of the Year, followed by a 2021 nod for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.
Have a peep at the official video got ‘Intimate Abuse’ below…
Coming on the back of two critically acclaimed EPs with his No Tourists collective, which have seen him and his crew garner support from the likes of The FADER, Complex, NOW Magazine, COLORS, and Exclaim! Magazine, among others, Canadian Jamaican experimental rap artist LAN’DO returns for the summer with a captivating and hard-hitting single titled ‘16 BIT’ that excellent fuses two sounds and cultures that have heavily influenced his music – grime and dancehall, with his Caribbean heritage shining through his flow and cadence all over the song.
‘16 Bit’ sees Lan’do collaborating with in-house No Tourists producer universes, who offers Lan’do the perfect soundscape for the Toronto-based artist to flex his lyrical muscles, clever wordplay, and immaculate multi-layered flow, as he unloads on the track in braggadocious fashion, exploring themes such as loyalty, friendship, and relationships, while staking his claim for being best-in-class. For the accompanying music video, Lan’do has linked up with long-time collaborator and video maker Kevin Kudu for a dark, gritty, and layered visual that was shot in his homecity Toronto.
Born in Canada and raised in Jamaica, Lan’do’s introduction to music came through his family – from his grandmother singing in the choir, to falling in love with his mother’s R&B collection, to creating his own sounds with his brother in the group Deadverysoon. He has since come together with fellow likeminded Toronto artists to form No Tourists, who have been garnering worldwide acclaim for their experimental rap fusion sounds. With his new solo music, Lan’do continues to push the envelope even further, and showcase just why he is becoming one to watch out of Toronto’s thriving rap scene.
Introducing Toronto-based alternative rap newcomer DICHOTOMI with their brand new single titled ‘STF 17’. The soulful and infectious lo-fi rap track comes just in time to take over our summer playlists, and is the lead single for dichotomi’s upcoming debut EP that is set for release later this year. ‘STF 17’ is the anticipated follow-up to last year’s fan-favourite ‘plush’, which was a massive radio hit with the likes of CBC Music in Toronto, and Wave Of The Bay in Florida, to mention a few.
Produced by fellow Toronto musician Frizzy Astro, ‘STF 17’ is a catchy melodic rap offering, which sees dichotomi – who wrote the song when they were sick during the pandemic and couldn’t be outside – in a very hopeful mood, as they imagine better times and fantasize about being able to enjoy summertime in Toronto once again. Over lush synth keys and sparse lo-fi instrumentation, dichotomi showcases their infectious flow, clever lyricism, and carefree energy, to great effect.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘STF 17’, dichotomi says, “It was the first pandemic winter, and I was really sick… I couldn’t go outside because the weather, and I had no energy or motivation to make life inside more enjoyable because of the mental and physical effects of the pandemic. At a real low point, I started fantasizing about summers in Toronto and told myself that ‘everything will be better in the summer’ – as soon as I said it aloud, I felt compelled to write a song on that theme.
The track quickly took a political lean as I began to ruminate on the social, political, and economic forces that forced me into such a fragile position in the first place. ‘STF 17’ is most definitely a critique of our capitalist society, but with the added goal of offering some levity — allowing us to hope for a more equitable future. Be critical, be angry, be sad, but don’t let the state of this world keep you from turning your face to the sun every chance you get, and tirelessly seek the tiniest moments of joy”.
Highly recommended if you like the sounds of Noname, Tierra Whack or Chance The Rapper, dichotomi is for listeners that like to discover new things every time you listen to a track – they are for fans of lyricism, authenticity and exploring new sounds. Born in Florida and now living in Toronto, dichotomi burst onto the scene in 2019 with resounding music, led by good vibes and wholesome themes that are intended to inspire hope and validate their listeners.
‘STF 17’ was released yesterday across various download/streaming sites. Check out their official animated music video below…
AMANDA FRANCES is a post-pop artist, songwriter, videographer and Web3 innovator hailing from Toronto. The multidisciplinary artist is also COO of Sadboy Records, one of Canada’s fastest growing indie labels.
Frances has quickly turned heads with her razor sharp wit and glitchy pop productions. Featuring cheeky one-liners, her single, ‘making out with vampires came to light after she learned what love should, and shouldn’t be, and how to protect her own energy.
With a six -track visual album set to drop this year, Frances demonstrates a drive to innovate by dropping her genesis NFT project with decent.xyz for the upcoming debut EP, attachment theory, produced by JUNO-nominated producer, Father Bobby Townsend.
Have a listen to Amanda’s ‘making out with vampires’ below…
Lifted from his brand new EP, ‘Trilogy III’, THEO TAMS shares his single, ‘FBG’ (F**k Boy Games) with an accompanied video.
Carrying an infectious electro R&B vibe ‘FBG’, featuring rapper Karma Rivera, is an upfront and hook-filled middle finger to anyone who has done you wrong. This track embraces self-worth, drawing on the experience of finally getting to a point where you no longer feel the need to accept inexcusable treatment by a partner.