In what may be the best hip hop record to come out of Alberta this year, DJ Cosm finally drops his long awaited solo piece. This sixteen track album is stracked with dozens of incredible emcees tearing up Cosm’s 94′ golden era vibes and back-in-the-day turntablism. He’s got the old Dragon Fli Empire homie Teekay on two jams. Other than that we’ve got two jams with Boston’s Insight (one of my all time favorite rappers), the previously blogged about swagger master Rasul Syed, rap legends Craig G and Prince Po, Oakland’s Raashan Ahmad, and Canadian mainstays like Moka Only, Touch, Ghettosocks, and Calgary homies Cam the Wizard and KLH Ali. Edmonton’s producer DJ extrordinaire DJ Nato also holds it down on “Learn From Mistakes” with Insight. Qwazaar tears up one of Cosm’s smoothest beats on “Better World.” The highlight jam is without question Kazmega’s collaboration, “Cosm Mega,” which was released as the single about a year ago and received lots of loving argument on this blog. It remains the jam to beat. Every single line is a gut buster and the vibration is so 88 it makes me puke neon. “Dragon Punch my way through life / the new floor is the old ceiling!” DOES IT GET BETTER THAN THAT?
This Friday Wyrd Fest hits Edmonton in its third incarnation. It’s at Dinwoodie Lounge on the U of A campus. Tickets are almost gone but I am told they are not sold out yet. They’re at Blackbyrd and Listen and online. This year’s line up looks like the best yet! Argue Job has compiled four of what Argue Job feels are the most noteworthy performers that haven’t yet touched down on this fine blog.
These guys are nuts. They must have went back in time, kidnapped led zepplin, drugged them all and forced them to write an album at gunpoint. The result is 30 minutes of melting. I imagine this is what it would sound like waking up in the desert with half your organs harvested. I am personally very excited to see how this whole thing plays out live. Will the dead come to life? Will the life come to dead? When we finish with “Susie” and “Jesse,” which, from what I understand, were originally the entire album, the whole thing takes a dramatic turn with “Hymn Eola.” This is the jam I am most psyched up about. It’s a jubilant choral splurge that throws the whole albums paradigm out the window and attempts at something less hallucinatory yet more divine. From there it remains on that new vibration, less disorienting and more elated. No matter how you slice it though, both directions are definitely a trip. Check it out and check out their in-store at Blackbyrd on Thursday too.
My newest acquisition, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s brand spanking new Belong, is like standing underneath a waterfall of liquid love. With the virtue of My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, and Galaxie 500, TPOBPAH dip you in a fondue of molten guitars and prozaic pop fast-water balladry. This album is a current favorite, and though they only have the title track available on bandcamp, heading down to your mom & pop record dealer and copping either the 12″ or the magnetic spinny is highly recommended.