Monthly Archives: August 2016

Brooklyn Doran Shares Lyric Video for ‘The Villain’

The video for Toronto singer/songerwriter Brooklyn Doran‘s song ‘The Villain’ was shot on the scenic Scarborough bluffs.

It was created using a series of cinemagraphs to bring the still images to life. The team at Public Space Productions worked with Flixel.

‘The Villain’ captures the idea of regaining strength and power in a situation where I felt trapped and silenced,” Doran said in a statement. “As women we are often taught to take full responsibility for uncomfortable situations we find ourselves in regardless of whether we have control or agency within them.

“When a toxic or abusive relationship breaks down- there are a lot of complicated feelings that come with it. With this song, I wanted to express all of those different angles, but most importantly I wanted to tell a story that presented strength and the ability to overcome. I am not only writing for me here; I am also writing for the startling number of women in my life who I know can relate. Through the lyric video, I wanted to showcase imagery that made me feel strong and powerful, but beautiful at the same time.”

‘The Villain’ is taken from her forthcoming album These Paper Wings, out on September 9. Doran will be hitting the road for a tour of Ontario and the East Coast of Canada in support of the album with Rory Taillon. It kicks off with her album release at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on September 10;

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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: UFORIA’s ‘Fight or Flight’

Toronto’s UFORIA have shared the video for the title track from the title track from their latest EP Fight or Flight.

“It was originally conceived after  (guitarist) Adam (Brik) hit a tree and dislocated his thumb in a snowboarding fall,” singer/guitarist Michael Ursini said in a statement. “He was in so much pain and didn’t feel he could wait to be rescued. In that moment he made the choice to get himself down the mountain and seek the medical attention he needed.”

The vid was directed by James Black of Finger Eleven guitarist James Black.

“We had the luck and honour of having our single ‘Fight or Flight’ played at the Blue Jays games all summer and felt that there was a great enough demand to release a music video. Working with James and Rich was a pleasure and we’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished. This is for the fans and the people ready to face their fears,” Ursini said.

The band’s luck extended to winning the Hard Rock Rising Star contest in 2013 and the Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act in 2016 as well as opening for Billy Talent in 2014. ‘Fight or Flight’ also made the Alan Cross Top 11 Chart in May 2016.

The EP follows the band’s fan-funded 2015 album Transmutation and 2012 debut Imagining.

‘Fight or Flight’ was produced and co-written by Finger Eleven drummer Steve Molella. The EP is streaming for free;

“Steve has had a massive influence on myself and Uforia,” Ursini said. “He worked his butt off to make each song reach its maximum potential. I’ve learned more about songwriting and recording in the last year than ever before because of his talent and energy.”


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Mick Jenkins’ ‘Drowning’ (Featuring BADBADNOTGOOD)

The video for Mick Jenkins‘ ‘Drowning’ casts him as a slave who is left to drown who manages to struggle down river to freedom.

The track marks Jenkins’ third collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD in 2016; the one-off ‘The Artful Dodger’ and ‘Hyssop of Love’ from BADBADNOTGOOD’s latest release IV.

‘Drowning’ can be found on Jenkins’ debut album The Healing Component, out on September 23.

“We met Mick for the first time briefly at a show and I remember being blown away by his live set. A little after that, Red Bull Sound Select contacted us to put together a session with him, and we jumped at the chance. To work with someone that has such strong vision was very inspiring for us. Everyone was throwing out ideas and it was a really organic workflow. Mick sang live as we recorded the track, so that raw energy is present throughout the whole song,” BADBADNOTGOOD said in a statement.

“It has been a one of a kind experience working with BADBADNOTGOOD. A lot of the time they were just jamming and I was freestyling until we came across things we liked. I introduced the idea of covering TheSenseiBlue’s ‘On The Map,’ a viral hit from YouTube and the subsequent laughs and enjoyment ensued. It was the inspiration for ‘Drowning’,” Jenkins added.
He also shared a free stream of ‘Spread Love’ and announced the dates of his upcoming tour;
1. The Healing Component (prod. by Rascal & THEMpeople)
2. Spread Love (prod. by Sango)
3. Daniel’s Bloom (prod. by Sango & Abu)
4. Strange Love (prod. by THEMpeople & Dee Lilly)
5. This Type Love? (interlude)
6. Drowning feat. BADBADNOTGOOD
7. As Seen in Bethsaida feat. theMIND (prod. by THEMpeople)
8. Communicate feat. Ravyn Lenae (prod. by Kaytranada)
9. Plugged (prod. by IAMNOBODI)
10. 1000 Xans feat. theMIND (prod. by Kaytranada)
11. Prosperity feat. theMIND (prod. by THEMpeople)
12. Fall Through (prod. by Rascal and THEMpeople)
13. Love, Robert Horry feat. jSTOCK (prod. by THEMpeople)
14. Angles feat. Noname & Xavier Omar (prod. by Monte Booker, THEMpeople, & Cam O’bi
15. Fucked Up Outro feat. Michael Anthony (prod. by Dpat)

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Jenny Berkel’s ‘St. Denis’ (Live)

Jenny Berkel has this to say about the video for ‘St. Denis’ in a statement;

“After a lengthy outdoor location hunt in the GTA, a good friend of mine offered us his beautiful (and giant) deck in Toronto. It was one of the first hot and humid days of summer; it was also the first time we added Ben Harney (the bass player) to the band,” she recalls. “We rehearsed the song while Alexei Golob filmed and eventually caught this take, just as daylight was disappearing. Special thanks to Ian Romano and Ryan Fields for their work on capturing the audio.”

The track can be found on her latest release Pale Moon Kid, out now on Pheromone Recordings and streaming for free;

Berkel is hitting the road for dates in the fall;

Aug 31 – Orebro, SWE – Live At Heart Festival

Sep 1 – Orebro, SWE – Live At Heart Festival

Sep 2 – Berlin, DE – Press

Sep 3 – Dresden, DE – Sound Of Bronkow Festival
Sep 4 – Hamburg, DE – Press

Sep 5 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown

Sep 6 – Leiden, NL – Q-Bus

Sep 7 – Deventer, NL – Burgerweeshuis
Sep 8 – Utrecht, NL – Onder Invloed Sessie 

Sep 9 – Borger, NL – VanSlag

Sep 10 – Groningen, NL – Take Root Festival
Sep 30 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
Oct 02 – Toronto, ON – The Drake w/ special solo performance by Jim Bryson
Nov 20 – Apeldoorn, NL – Gigant
Nov 22 – Nancy, FR – Home Sweet Home Festival

Nov 23 – Hamburg, DE – Pooca Bar
Nov 25 – Magdeburg, DE – Cafe Courage

Nov 26 – Trogen, DE – Folk Club Isaar

Nob 27 – Wesel, DE – JZ-Karo

Nov 28 – Norderstedt , DE – Musicstar


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: DJ Sliink’s ‘Run Ricky Run x Higher’

DJ Sliink celebrated his signing to OWSLA by getting the label’s logo tattooed on his forearm.

It’s featured prominently in the video for ‘Run Ricky Run x Higher’. The clip displays the love that both Sliink and OWSLA share Jersey club and showcases the culture of Newark. The vid features appearances from his Cartel Music crew including Stacks Cartel, seven year old dance prodigy Princess Maji, Major Lazer dancer Lafayette and fellow Jersey producer Nadus.


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Robbing Millions’ ‘Dreams Like Photographs’

The Marine Dricot-directed video for Robbing Millions‘ ‘Dreams Like Photographs’ features oddball visuals that compliments the track’s sound perfectly.

In a statement, songwriter Lucian Fraipont said that pictures, “a bunch a robots trying to dance like humans at a birthday party. They’re remembering good old times while trying to figure out what their recent dreams could mean. I tried to choose words that had this ‘futuristic nostalgic medieval vibe’ I like a lot”.

The Brussels-based duo of Fraipont and Gaspard Ryelandt recorded their self-titled debut over the course of two weeks with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective and The War on Drugs)

Between recording sessions, the band played eight shows at CMJ. They’re veterans of festivals across Europe as well.