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Toronto music producer, Matthew Burnett is making some serious noise in the Hip Hop/R&B world. After teaming up with Boi-1da, Matthew has had the opportunity to work with big names like Drake, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. His work with Eminem got him a Grammy nomination and the pleasure of being apart of a diamond selling single! New Wax reporter Kapil Ghai sat down with the music producer to talk about his journey and where he is headed next with his producing career.

0001816023_10The New Wax Show airs each Tuesday @ 3pm on CHRY 105.5 FM. Listen live at

This week’s artist spotlight is on the  one of the best, and most innovative jazz bands in Canada,”Midcoast.” The band’s unique sound combines influences ranging from the likes of Radiohead to the renown, Charlie Parker. New Wax reporter Anton Sardelich finds out how their influences have helped shape the unique sound of their new EP The Montreal Sessions.

Is it taboo to describe a band’s sound as progressive punk? Sure, sure, you slap the prefix “prog” in front of anything, and every cynical, hipster motherfucker starts bitching and complaining about how lame Yes and ELP are (Although I am not the fan I was, those guys can play the fuck out of their instruments, as well as being fairly creative songwriters). Therefore, when I use the musical concept of “progressiveness”, it is not to describe songs with twelve string guitar solos or epic adventures about technicolour dragon battles. Instead, I believe it should describe a song that ventures into various realms and realities within the space of 5-8 minutes.

After listening to The Monitor, it appears Titus Andronicus is totally down with being progressive. Full of grand tales about the Civil War, the fragility of society and relationships, the evilness of the Man and most importantly, getting nicely hammered, Titus Andronicus combines these themes with powerful arrangements spewing with punk, shoe-gaze and lo-fi, while channelling the raw, fuzzed out jams of Neutral Milk Hotel and the pristine, piano –addled, blue-collar mantras of Bruce Springsteen (frontman Patrick Stickles delightfully “borrows” from the Boss on the opening track).

On that note, it is important to point out that this album is about New Jersey. All the despair, sorrow, and anger that Stickles expresses on this album, it is obvious that this comes from growing up and living in a community that is shit on by the rest of the country, as well as being hampered by tough economic times. It’s the emotion that helps makes this album what it is. Listening to tracks like “A Pot in Which to Piss” and “Four Score and Seven”, filled with their trumpet-blowing, fist-pumping, Jeff Mangum-inspired madness, all I want to do is run for two hours with my hockey stick proudly in the air. Don’t ask, but do check out this album. You might not think it is the prog-punk tour de force that I think it is, but after listening to this, you finally stop searching for that copy of Evil Empire in order to get all riled up and passionate.- Luca Capone

Saturday, April 17 is Record Store Day, a day dedicated to the local record shop. We here at the  CHRY music department seriously encourage you to get out, go to your local record store and buy something.

There’s no shortage of great local, Canadian and international acts putting out exclusive releases for this special day. And if that wasn’t enough many stores here in Toronto will feature special live performances to put butts in the aisles.

Here’s a partial list, totally stolen from NOW, of live in-store performances:

Sonic Boom – 512 Bloor St

Sloan, Adam Green (of Moldy Peaches fame) Meligrove Band, Metz, Buck 65, Valery Gore, DJ Shit La Merde and jj

Sunrise Records – 336 Yonge St

Hunter Valentine, Fox Jaws, Ash Koley, Justin Nozuka

KOPS Records – 229 Queen St

City Sweetharts, The Junction

To truly absorb all that Mahogany Public‘s newest album, JALI: Vol. 1, has to offer, one must use all five of their sense.  The colourful, passionate, powerful and creative lyrics require the person who is listening, to close their eyes and let their imagination flow with the rhythm of music.

This group is a collection of souls, both men and women, sharing the history and present day struggles of  women, working people, lovers, and people with hope for a more just and united world.  Although they hail from different places, the members of Mahogany Public came together in Edmonton, Alberta.  Fusing their individual talents, they create a musical style of reggae, jazz, hip-hop, rocksteady, and Afrorythmic influences.

Every song on the album has a theme of empowerment mixed with  joy and frustration.  Mohagany Public says it the way it is, speaking the truth, and losing all inhibitions in order to speak the minds of many people who have either tried and been silenced,or are too scared to speak up for what they know is right. The  profound and thoughtful spoken-word elements  send chills down the spine with each listen.

Two of the record’s most thoughtprovoking and moving tracks are “King” and “Reggae Is.” This music is highly enlightened and has the potential to enlighten others.  It deserves both open ears and an open mind because it clearly  opens hearts. – Samra Ann Cassar

Plastic Beach is the debut album from Damon Albarn and his Magical Super Squad. The Squad is led by Captain Albarn, and is filled out by the rest of his team of All-Stars, such as Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Lou Reed, De La Soul, etc. Gorillaz album?!?!? Oh right, this a Gorillaz album! My bad. But upon comparison to their last two releases (2001’s Gorillaz and 2005’s Demon Days), Plastic Beach is in an entirely different dimension.

While still retaining their eccentric brand of trip hop/rock on tracks like “Rhinestone Eyes” and “Broken” (both fantastic), Albarn, with a nasty band of collaborators, fool around with all sorts of musical flavours.

The beautiful orchestrated opener welcomes listeners into the World of the Plastic Beach. Snoop Dogg is disgustingly cool on this track, spitting out line after dirty line over a heavy, atmospheric Mezzanine-esque rhythm courtesy of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, while U.K. rappers Bashy and Kano throw down the most electrifying delivery I have heard in the while on “White Flag,” sandwiched in the middle of an incredible Middle-Eastern orchestral piece. “Stylo” is already an awesome electro-funk groove thanks to Mos Def’s brief but memorable appearance before Bobby Womack absolutely explodes into the track, turning a great single into so much more.

Little Dragon, or Yukimi Nagano, depending on who is asking, features on “To Binge”, but is absolutely fucking epic on “Empire Ants.” Beginning with an ambient, bossa nova beat filled out by Albarn’s vocals (his most memorable on the entire album), it progresses into a trippy, airy electronica soundscape which would make Junior Boys or James Murphy cry with envy, before Nagano’s whispery, beautiful voice turns transform this song into one that will be in my head for months.

As mentioned before, this doesn’t feel like a Gorillaz album because cartoon bands don’t make albums as amazing as this one. Genre swapping from dark trip-hop to ambient soul to the completely fucking weird, this environmentally-focused album asks that Gorillaz be taken much more seriously. – by Luca Capone


Black Light, London-based Groove Armada‘s sixth album, takes to a different sound than on previous releases, adopting 80’s synthesized pop as opposed to the dancehall experiments of “Superstylin‘” or old-school grooves of “At the River.” Both “Cards to Your Heart” and “Paper Romance” are album standouts. Most of the tracks are highly synthesized with up-beat dance rhythms, complemented by some stellar vocal turns from a diverse stable of singers, including Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry and original Pop Idol Will Young. Overall, Black Light is a good listen when you’re out on a Friday night. – Keenen Green

“Paper Romance”

Sackville, NB’s very own Shotgun Jimmie, aka Jim Kilpatrick  has completely flipped the script on his second solo outing, Still Jimmie. Where his debut The Onlys, was  a bedroom affair almost entirely perpetrated by Jimmie himself, here the former Shotgun and Jaybird member has enlisted the help of Welland, ON’s Attack in Black. The result is a beautifully lo-fi rock record full of hooks and energy.

Opener “Mind Crumb” sets the ramshackle tone; while the rhythm section maintains the tight pace, the guitars are fast and loose with a disjointed solo that perfectly matches Kilpatrick’s off-kilter lyrics. He later references Deloreans on the slower paced “Used Parts,” and enlists $100’s Simone Fornow to split vocal duties with him on “Quicksand.”

Kilpatrick’s best live shows always have a sense of organized chaos with Shotgun Jimmie playing the role of slightly unhinged frontman; Still Jimmie captures this essence with an ease that makes this a record a true highlight. – Ian Gormely

“Mind Crumb”

What can I say about Eamon McGrath?  I will give you a few facts: he is one of the most prolific songwriters I know, he embodies so much of the energy and creativity of a DIY artist (this includes the home-made charm of his recordings and album artwork), he is a relentless performer, and he is a friend of CHRY.  He will move seamlessly between folk, punk, or noise, but if you ask him, it is all punk and it is all heavy.  This album has some of his finest songs, including the epic “Badlands” which was the track that drew me to his music.  Check it out! – Matthew Fava

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