Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

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FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

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Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

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The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

“Hi-Bias 25 Years – The Origin of House” – from Canada’s most successful dance indie label

For an independent label to survive twenty-five years in the volatile world of the music industry is an impressive feat. But Hi-Bias hasn’t just survived, it has thrived. And that is an achievement worthy of serious celebration. The founder Nick Fiorucci’s background as an internationally-renowned club DJ stood him in good stead as a dance music label head. He first started as a DJ in Toronto at 17, lying about his age to get club gigs. One of these was at Affairs, a dance music institution in the late ‘80s. The seeds of Hi-Bias were sown when Fiorucci befriended another DJ there, Michael Ova. The label was an instant smash. Their debut release was the single “Get Into The Music” by DJ’S Rule.

In 1999 the label’s driving force, Nick Fiorucci, was inducted into the Canadian “Dance” Hall of Fame. The Hall, dedicated to the pioneers and builders of Canadian music, recognized Hi-Bias as Canada’s most successful dance indie label.

To commemorate the Label’s 25 years it is releasing Hi-Bias 25 Years – The Origin of House collection which features 25 hand-picked label gems spanning the labels history all digitally remastered along with 2 exclusive new previously unreleased singles all showcasing the label’s fusion of passion, commitment to quality and innovation. The release date is set for May 5, 2015.

Hi-bias-Nick-FiorucciIf you’re a fan of house music, this album is a must have. If you know house is not just music, it’s a feeling, then treat yourself to the best, and bring down the walls with this. The music makes you move your body, sets you free. It’s perfect for those reunion parties, or, just for partying in general, with a bit of nostalgia.

Hi-Bias 25 Years – The Origin of House contains a few truly legendary figures in the universe of underground contemporary dance music, who revolutionized the art of the DJ with their soulful and eclectic sets, as well as consummate flair as both innovative remixers and visionary turntable artists.

Nick Fiorucci himself was revered for the pulsing dance floor magic he created as a DJ, merging underground hits with popular classics of every genre to take the communal dance experience to new heights. A seminal figure in both the club-defined 80’s and house-centric ’90s, his innovations reshaped dance music itself and influenced many DJ’s who would follow.

Chances are if you’re a seasoned disco, club or house junkie, you will want to have many of these tracks in your collection. For those new to this music, it’s an absolute Godsend. Compared to other anthologies, the songs on here are earthy, with plenty of bump and groove.

This set is an excellent representation of the evolution of house music over the last 25 years. It’s amazing how music can transport a person through space and time. These songs bring back memories of when House music was just “dance” music and everyone of all genders and races, danced and had a great time together!

It isn’t often we get to hear the actual true grass roots of any music movements and when we are in the throes of such a rare and special moment in time we can’t fathom how significant the experience is, and it may be decades before we finally realize it. Hi-Bias 25 Years – The Origin of House and Nick Fiorucci have made this possible NOW. As far as I’m concerned, they could even make a movie out of this soundtrack and it’s history!

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STEAMING LINKPre-buy on Beatport April 20th, 2015

For more information contact music@hibias.ca

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SoundCloud Hi-Bias: https://soundcloud.com/hibias

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