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Toronto legend k-os’ insightful approach to music making has proven he is an artist with boundless limits, and certainly not one that appeases to fluctuating mainstream trends, in which his 2005 Grammy Nomination can attest. It’s been 10 years since k-os’ transformative sophomore release, Joyful Rebellion, and the artist has spent the past decade trying to explore the movement of hip-hop into infinite new possibilities. Now, k-os is proud to reveal his new album Can’t Fly Without Gravity out on August 28 via Dine Alone Records. In anticipation for the full release, we are now getting a preview with single “ Spaceship ”which premiered on Okayplayer.
“Spaceship” is a self-affirming track with spirited choruses and confessional verses that offer a glimpse of what youth was like for the hip-hop visionary and what lead him to music in the first place. The MC makes a firm pledge to truth and ideals and accepts the isolation that may come with it. K-os admits it was a hard track to release:
“I was initially scared to release this song – it was supposed to be on my last record Black On Blonde, but I was too shook to release it. It’s a vulnerable tune. Sometimes in rap you always wanna present the hardest most secure side of yourself. So when you create a track that embodies a child like essence it’s confusing simply because you’re not a child anymore. At the end of it all ‘Spaceship’ takes me back to the record JoyfuL RebelLion – before I was known and before I had an image to protect. It’s like a short biography of my rap life. And even though it’s not the hardest or darkest track in the world, fact is human beings aren’t always hard and dark. How would you know what was dark If you didn’t experience the light? A knife can’t cut itself.”
Can’t Fly Without Gravity captures all of the different sides that make up k-os’ musical DNA. It’s an affirmation that “the forces which pull you down are simply put there to inspire you to rise above them’ and promises to be a more stripped-down, holistic effort than its highly conceptual predecessor, Black on Blonde. However, the rock vs. rap dialectic at that album’s core still guides k-os on a more philosophical level. It’s not just a question of reconciling disparate musical styles, but of different workflow strategies. To be k-os in 2015 is to find the happy medium between hip-hop’s penchant for rapid-fire releases and perpetual stylistic mutation with a more measured approach and timeless aspirations of rock n roll artists—all while engineering his music for a post-EDM pop landscape that has not only changed listeners’ tastes, but their very physiology. Welcome to the great beyond.
Upcoming tour dates :
August 8 – Squamish, BC – Squamish Valley Music Festival 2015
September 5 – Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom Festival
September 6 – Calgary, AB – X Fest
*more tour dates to be announced soon