After successfully touring internationally and receiving positive reviews of his new album Sofa.King.Amazing, Toronto's own Spek Won shares a two part mini documentary titled "E(ART)HLINGS". Directed by Mark Valino, the documentary takes the viewers through Spek's creative process, as well as an intimate glance of his last tour and a recording session with Silentjay, band member of the group Hiatus Kaiyote
If there was ever a categorization of the most underrated Toronto artists Spek Won is definitely on that list. Having quite the busy year touring around the world, the Rexdale MC finds the time to release his full length debut album Sofa King Amazing. With a highly eclectic sound, Spek Won assembles some of the most interesting Toronto producers (Clairmont the Second, Lordquest, Cola of WIFETAKERS, and Silent Jay) to help construct his musical concepts. The broad sound originates from Spek Won's concept of dividing the album into two segments, Hawk Side and Fox Side. Marty McFligh is the alter ego during the Hawk Side segment. A sentimental perspective that reveals Marty going back to his roots and reflecting on how far he's traveled. The lo-fi Jazz, acoustic, and Neo-Classical production seamlessly blends together as if it has been a popular genre for decades. The rain day, care free, and feel good flows compliment the instrumentals for tracks to really vibe out to and enjoy. On the contrast, Fox Side has The modern approach still incorporates the same properties as Jazz and the Blues, but are replaced by dense synths and light airy high hats that develop into a electronic and atmospheric R&B hybrid. Fox Howard the alter ego on the Fox Side, has Spek Won evoking more of an aggressive, confident, and extroverted personality; A mechanism that may have been established to assist him while trying to survive in such a competitive industry. The two sides reveal an introspective viewpoint of Spek Won's Past and Future; the nostalgic rise and the readiness for the upcoming obstacles. Have your own thoughts own thoughts on what the two sides are really about? Feel free to comment in the section below.
Spek Won reenters the world of hip hop soul/jazz with his new video for "E(ART)H", directed by Mark Valino. Accompanied by producer and Hiatus Kaiyote band member Silent Jay, Spek Won takes viewers through the alluring streets of Melbourne Australia while poetically executing his testimony over the ATCQesque instrumentation of Filipino Australian Silent Jay (who recently toured with Flying Lotus) Production. After a year of recording and touring in Asia and Europe, arguably one of Toronto's finest, finally concludes the creation of his debate album. "I even skipped out on SXSW this year" says the dedicated song writer about having to focus on the completion of his socially conscious, soulful music scrapbook SOFA KING AMAZING available April 12th.
Toronto rapper Spek Won is back with another solid track with his release of "Humphry Bogart". After sharing the soulful “Tryptamine” a couple weeks ago, Spek brings the soul again with smooth verses and the assistance from O'Sound who does a great job on the hook. Spek Won's album SOFA KING AMAZING will be released digitally on October 1st, mark down that date! For now, stream "Humphry Bogart" below.
HEAT! Toronto emcee Spek Won just released "Tryptamine", a soulful, head-nodding track that's perfect to close out the summer. On "Tryptamine", Spek Won is joined by Toronto soul singer Dey, who lends a nice vocal touch, and the Grammy-nominated production trio Tone Mason (responsible for Drake ft. Jay-Z - "Light Up"), who chop up Isaac Hayes superbly. Stream and download "Tryptamine" below. Download: Spek Won ft. Dey - "Tryptamine" (Prod: Tone Mason)