K-os, born Kevin Brereton, is a genuine neo-crossover rap n’ roller who’s music, much like your Ipod, might speak to hipster club kidz, pop chart gazers, Canadian indie rockers, dirty south electronic rap renegades, or reggae rude boys simultaneously. As it should –his rhyme and crooning skills took root in arguably the most polyglot and multi-cultural city on the planet, Toronto. And he’s quite vocal about his not belonging to any one genre – he belongs to them all. Says k-os: “I’m a historical opportunist who’s grown up on everything from Dylan to Marley to KRS-One…I’ve never seen myself as just a hip hop artist.
On Yes!, his 12 song deep fourth album, released in Canada on Nettwerk/Universal, the now Vancouver-based upstart has consolidated everything he’s done before, and chimed in where his head’s at now, like a more musically seasoned audio auteur would, despite his past successes. “As cliché as it may sound, this record really does take the best elements of my past work” he explains. “Strangely, three albums later, it feels like I’m starting new again, with a new label, manager, and agent. This album is a return to me picking up drum machines, guitars, keyboard and going for broke!
The opening track “Zambony” is an electro-revivalist dance floor number where M.I.A meets Justice and The Cool Kidz in Amsterdam to dance and get musically high – craftily using his keyboard as a drum machine, aided by haunting, ethereal vocals, strings and tabla, and spits some of the tightest rapid-fire verses of his celebrated career.
A superb danceable pop album in the classic sense, Yes! leaves behind much of the social commentaries present on his previous albums. Surefire stealth hit single “4321″ utilizes the aesthetic template of hip-hop with a neck snapping break beat, but mashes up the other elements you’ve always heard on k-os tracks like “Superstarr Pt. Zero” with DJ cuts, a hooky chorus, upright bass blasts, and trickling piano plays. As its title slyly suggests, the song was intentionally recorded as a Bizarro rap response to his friend Feist’s Grammy nominated “1,2,3,4″ hit (he’s done remix work for her on the Let It Die remix release on “Mushaboom”). As he explains: “I thought how interesting would it be to do a hip hop version of this song? It’s about the battle of the sexes, where I’m rapping “what are we fighting for?” Is this gender war going to happen forever? It’s me saying I hope not.
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Event Category: Live Music
When: August 23, 2013
Where: Union Transfer
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