– blkcory & e
Pass the Aux, a series dedicated to amplifying new and upcoming musicians. We will get you up-to-date in discovering new music monthly to the point where your friends will ask you to “pass the aux!” The Thursday of every month consists of some of the members of dayfour choosing musicians to highlight. We will give you our thoughts, our feelings and our theories on those musicians (strictly from a consumer standpoint).
*Have you got new music you want people to hear? Or perhaps you know someone that you think makes great music and just hasn’t had their big break? Make sure to follow us on IG and email links/information on new music to: email@example.com. We’ll be reviewing all submissions and deciding to focus on someone new each month.
Blkcory’s Pick: Good Information
This month, I wanted to focus my attention on something local and not the standard hip-hop or R&B music I tend to gravitate to. This month I wanted to show some love to one of my favourite Edmonton bands, Good Information. The first time I ever heard their music was actually at a live performance at AMMNS (for all my local people). There was a visual showcase taking place and during the showcase, they would take different periods to turn off the lights and let Good Information jam out. I instantly became a fan. They don’t have a huge discography but I think they’re a hidden gem in the city, and I wanted to highlight some of the great music they’ve released.
This is their latest single and definitely worth streaming if you’re looking for some BADBADNOTGOOD (shoutout to more Canadian talent) vibes. It’s a 7-minute track that just screams “do not disturb, I’m watching the sunset”. That probably sounds like it doesn’t make sense, but if you give the song 30 seconds, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
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This performance is from 2018, but it’s a great example of what you can expect at a Good Information show. An intimate show with a unique crowd of people that have all come just to enjoy the music, support the band and go home (crazy concept for a concert right?). If you’re looking for a show where you can sit back, relax and somehow bop your head to the music, then their shows are worth a look. Especially when the energy in the room is always positive.
There’s a few records that Good Information was a part of on Just Moe’s Smile album but I wanted to focus on “Interlude” because the instrumentation really shine through on this record. Everything about this interlude is that jazz/neo-soul sound with a splash of hip-hop that I’ve come to expect from them and it’s nice to hear another record that they’re a part of on digital streaming platforms.
Good Information is a genuinely talented band and they provide an experience to remember if you get the chance to see them perform. My only criticism is that I wish they put out more music but I also understand good things take time. I just hope more people take the time to listen to their music and appreciate some of the talent we’ve got right at home. Their music can be found here and be sure to follow them on IG: @good.information.music.
e’s pick: 5Sang14
I grew up French Immersion, I have a fancy high school diploma that states I have studied in French and speak the language, I grew up in school surrounded by French art, French music and French film. Here is the truth though… I don’t speak French. I was just very good at coasting, but that’s not the point. 5Sang14 is a French-Canadian rap group from Quebec who (without knowing what they are saying) is killing it. While individually (Lost, White-B, MB, Random, and Gaza), the members aren’t brand new to the Quebec music scene; they are new as a group. The group released their five single EP back in 2019, followed by a small Quebec tour before COVID. Due to the pandemic, their first album was pushed for a hopeful 2021 release. With only a five single EP that will out-stand you, 5Sang14 will reign in 2021 and hopefully in a national realm.
Don’t let the title fool you; it’s in French. The song is a banger. The beat and use of autotune give the track a trap music vibe while also giving it some grunge. The first time I heard it, I was bouncing back and forth as it takes you places (like a dark basement club with low light, sweat dripping off your body, and swaying back and forth). The blend of their voices is intricate throughout the track; you never feel like a contrast between members but a cohesiveness into an overall fun song.
‘Pour le gang’ is repeated throughout the chorus, emphasizing to the women and randoms in their life that what they are doing now and forever is for the gang (each-other). PLG is their most popular song on Spotify and YouTube and traveled throughout Quebec with speed when released. What do you expect? No one loves music that boasts about the people in their life more than young people, and 5sang14 did it with ease.
5Sang14 are a great rap group who can make it to the realms of iconic rap groups of this generation, and if you can notice that a group is exceptional without understanding them that is something to note. I read the lyrics lentement to get a grasp and with my deteriorating knowledge of the language the wordplay is present and exceptional.
** Fun Fact their name is a play on the Montreal area code 514 and the word ‘sang’, which translates to blood in French, as the members see themselves as brothers.
Follow them on ig @5sang14