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Rainer + Grimm have been described as Toronto’s contemporary
dance music response to the alternative R&B sound the city is known
for. With industry credits for the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, French
Montana, Swae Lee, and Allan Rayman, the duo are poised to push their
unique sound to the masses like never before.
Their latest single, “All For You,” is a fun summer track about young love, blessed with the vocal talents of Kayla Diamond. You can stream and share on Spotifyor SoundCloudnow.
Pleasure Craft is the musical endeavour of Toronto based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Sam Lewis. Originally from Salt Spring Island, B.C., Lewis spent his adolescence training to become a pilot. After a year spent living alone in Malaysia at 18, he changed course and moved to Toronto to study jazz trumpet. In 2017, Lewis released his debut single, “Everybody Wants Some” under the moniker Pleasure Craft.One year later, he released EP1. Pleasure Craft‘s new track – “Work It Out” – is formed from a mix of electronic and acoustic elements featuring ’80s sounds and dynamic vocal performances.
“My brand new single – “Out My Mind”– is for blasting in the car and singing while you drive.
It’s a song about being mentally tortured by a lover; the persistent confusion that clouds your head when you’re constantly being taken advantage of.” –
This video was shot onset at a real photoshoot. I’m seriously so pleased with how it turned out, which I think says two things about the female experience – on the one hand, we have a tendency to underestimate our ability to succeed challenges. On the other, we’re often very much prepared to support others through their own struggles. The backdrop, vulnerability, and overall execution of the “Out My Mind” video allowed us to marry the songs energy with its lyrical content.
JoJo Worthington’s music is infinite. She crafts experimental post-folk in which intimate recollections explode into limitless soundscapes. Fusing electronic glitches, acoustic nuances, and extraterrestrial melodies, Worthington’s work pushes emotionally potent folk songs to the perilous edge.
JoJo Worthington’s latest project, TCYK (The Company You Keep)—released June 2019—is a celebration of her diverse strengths. This succinct powerhouse of an album, co-produced with William Crann, is a magnificently textured exploration of Worthington’s experience as a woman navigating tumultuous relationships. Orchestral and electronic sounds blend, creating serene walls of sound that compliment intimate narratives. Within only a handful of songs, Worthington presents a whole body of feeling. Listeners are guided through conflicts between ephemeral lovers, distant friends, the human and divine. However, TCYK is ultimately a celebration our attempts at connection, as Worthington asserts: “we need to stabilize”—a rallying cry for mutual support between sexes.
Cumulating acclaim from The FADER, Complex and XXL Magazine, Ragers have won over the scene with their eclectic mix of electronic, hip-hop and dreamy synth-flecked rock. The group consistently present a mutating showcase of new boundaries in urban electronic music.
Following up on the success of their Raw Footage LP (Saboteur Records), Ragers‘ brand new single, “Billy Ocean,” solidifies their ones to watch status. It’d be great if you could feature the track over at DJ Iceberg!
The track is off the JUNO Award winner’s latest EP Crystalline released earlier this year and was produced by Mike Wise, who produced several songs on the EP. When discussing the accompanying video for the song whose concept was envisioned by the singer herself, bülow commented, “When I was younger, I wanted to be an inventor, to create things. I think everybody strives for the feeling of self importance, trying to find their ways to be remembered. My character created a flying device, it didn’t work out, but that wasn’t the end.”
Today, Toronto artist Ali Gatie releases an acoustic version of his runaway hit “It’s You” via Warner Records. When Ali first recorded “It’s You,” it was a short video clip of this acoustic version which he posted on Instagram of him singing it in the studio that brought interest around the song to a fever pitch online. The acoustic track now arrives as the demo was originally recorded and around all of the recent success of the previously released version (which has amassed over 148 million cumulative streams across platforms globally, currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart). In a recent interview, Billboard said, “Even if you’ve never experienced heartbreak, Ali Gatie’s music might have you wishing you had.”
This week Portia Terrae from Djiceberg.com had a talk with Juno Award Winning R&B artist Dru over the phone about his music influences, how he got into becoming a singer, favorite city while on tour , favorite liquor and more with this series for #BeforeTheFame.
Portia: Where are you from?
Dru: Toronto, Canada but my background is Jamaican.
Portia: Some of your influencers Usher, Frank Ocean, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye that inspired you in music. What inspire you to start singing and do R&B music?
Dru: My older brother use to sing in the choir. I did not think singing int he choir was cool at the time but I was singing to myself one day and he caught me singing. He was Dru you can sing, you have a voice. He was not playing or joking around when he told me. I really took that in that we told me I really have a talent. I took it series since then.
Portia: How old were you when your older brother heard you sing?
Dru: 8-9 Years old. Listening to Jackson 5 and New Edition
Portia: Who are the new current day artists that influences you?
Dru: Artist like Khalid, 6LACK, HER, and Daniel Ceaser art artists I listen to.
Portia: How was the European Tour? What was your favorite city you visited dealing with the food and activities?
Dru: Cannes,France. To the food, the scenery, whole like historic buildings. Its like Miami tropical king of feeling with everything combined.The weather and the beautiful women. You cant complain about it. I might have to retire there.
Portia: I heard you have a Canadian tour coming up well?
Dru: The big show thats coming up for summer is Tdot Fest. August 18th, Ill be headlining that show. It will be a combination of hot new artists thats coming up in the city and the couple of rest of us that been keeping records coming and keeping momentum. Its a 2 day festival on the 17th & 18th of August but I'll be performing on the 18th.
Take a listen at 8:13 mark for when Portia and Dru discuss his top 5 artist dead or alive) music he would take onto an island.
Take a listen at 8:58 mark while they get more personal with questions with the segment "This or That".
Take a listen and watch below: