New Releases: January 15, 2016

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We kick off 2016 with nine new releases, five LPs and four EPs.

Nova Scotian rapper Classified is feeling Greatful with his latest LP. He has been releasing albums since the mid-1990s and won a JUNO award for his quadruple platinum single “Inner Ninja” which featured New Brunswick singer-songwriter David Myles. The new album features a host of singers and rappers including Ria Mae, Mike Boyd, and Snoop Dogg. Greatful is selling well currently in the iTunes Top 10.

Originally from the province of Quebec, Nashville-based country artist Robby Johnson has launched album Don’t Look Back. Judging by the quality of the music, he’s a natural, churning out fine tunes and a great voice.

We don’t dare count how many albums Raffi is up to, but he’s got a new one on the shelves. The global superstar of children’s music delights us with Owl Singalong.

Those of you into alternative vibes with a touch of electronica should be pleased with Delirium from Vancouver’s Old Man Canyon. It has a bit of a shadowy dream tone to it, and the songs are well written.

Alternative more on the indie rock side comes by way of Montreal’s Reversing Falls and album Reversing Falls 2.

Our four new EPs are in no particular order as follows. Brandon Wolfe Scott, member of Kelowna group Yukon Blonde crafts some folky singer-songwriter for us on The Postcard Writer. Montreal electronic project Majical Cloudz has Wait & See. Tracks from the EP have also been tacked onto the 2015 album for a deluxe version. Toronto electronic outfit Keys N Krates releases Midnite Mass, maybe more percussion heavy than Cloudz’s style. Britain’s Katy B is featured on a track. Toronto rap specialist Rochester contributes EP Karmazabxtch to this week’s batch of new Canadian releases.

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