Maki is back with a new ambient album titled Agora.
Further studies in melodic ambient, drone, noise and electroacoustic sound design. These were slowly drafted during the production of WAAIFTF, American Road Films and even as far back as If And Only If, his album with soso. Some rough drafts from this project ended up on If And Only If. The remainders were worked on through 2022-2023. Mostly as a distraction from producing structured music.
Kickin’ it old school and wishing you a happy Tuesday album release day!
Coastal, by Nova Scotian hip hop artist Hermitofthewoods, is a tribute to the rugged and vibrant East Coast of Canada. A decade since his last solo release, Hermit returns with an eclectic record, marking his solo comeback after years of collaboration with Higher State and work on the academically-focused record Remix + Praxis, which earned him a Ph.D.
In Coastal, Hermitofthewoods takes us on a compelling journey through his own intricately crafted musical landscape of big beats and unexpected samples. With a captivating blend of introspective meditations on personal struggles and thought-provoking commentaries on the changing state of the world, this album encapsulates the essence of raw, unfiltered creativity from an artist who still has something to say.
To accompany this limited edition cassette, we are all happy to announce the release of the Limited Edition cassette for his last EP, American Road Films. This version includes audio samples not featured on the original digital release and some nerdy analog signals encoded on the tape that you can decode to view images of the vehicles referenced in the songs.
2020 was tough for many and on his third album, titled The Mighty Highs and The Lowly Lows, Sign One tells it to fuck off politely. Seemingly every time there’s a lifestyle change Sign goes and makes a batch of rap songs, and the pandemic certainly provided that opportunity.
The Mighty Highs and The Lowly Lows is written, produced, and recorded by Sign One and released on vinyl and cassette through Endemik Music (CAN), in partnership with Audio Recon (USA) and Pen Thief Records (EU). We hope you enjoy this collection of rap songs.
The project started October 27, 2020 when an email was sent to the beat makers/producers of the Endemik Music Family. Six responded with laughter and excitement about the idea and so the remote project began.
The concept is, as the title of this blog suggests, pass the beat. The first round started in January, 2021. Each producer was to decide the BPM (beats per minute), create a drum track, sequenced out and at the end of the month send the files to the right.
With the second round and all rounds following, the producer was to add one more instrument track of their own choosing. Arranging the previous tracks were also encouraged.
Throughout the process the songs would morph and change from one round/one producer, to the next.
Finally passing through the circle and returning to the original creator of the drum track with no idea of where the song was to go and how it would be returned.
With the final round, the originator of the song was to arrange as they wanted and add an additional track, if needed.
This project was enjoyed by Deadly Stare (Montreal, QC), EMC (Halifax, NS), Hermitofthewoods (Halifax, NS), Maki (Kamloops, BC), sign one (Gahanna, OH) and soso (Saskatoon, SK). They became Endemik Remote Ensemble. Enjoy the EP, They Fired with Their Lives!
10 years ago, in 2011, Triune Gods dropped their debut album, “Seven Days Six Nights” Granma Music!
Its been a decade of friendships and beautiful music making! Since their sophomore album, Three Cornered World, they have all been busy with life adventures and going in different directions but to celebrate the 10th anniversary, they wanted to bring you the debut album on limited edition single vinyl!
This time we teamed up with Granma Music (Japan), Endemik Music (Canada), Audio Recon (USA) and Pen Their Records (Germany) to make it happen!
Originally released in 2007, Tinfoil on the Windows was a highpoint in the creative output of prairie rapper, soso. Produced by his tour-mate, collaborator and Canadian indie-rock icon, Maybe Smith, the album paired his layered, sprawling instrumentation with soso’s confessional lyrics and fragile vocal melodies. Tinfoil on the Windows is now available on limited edition vinyl, here.
In addition to the podcast, soso and Maybe Smith have also put together a Spotify playlist featuring some of their musical influences from around the time of the album’s recording and other collaborations they’ve done.
Check out the ugsmag shop for soso shirts and other merch from Tinfoil on the Windows as well as from his brand new album with Maki, If and Only If.
The new album from soso & Maki, If and Only If, is now live on all streaming and download platforms! We are so excited for you all to hear this project! Please find us on the socials and tell us your thoughts!
The album is available on limited edition vinyl (100 copies) and cassette (50)!
Shouts to our partners Audio Recon and Mism Records!
Happy day to all involved! xo