Aug 18

Spliff Breaks at Shambhala Music Festival 2015 (Pictures)

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Skratch Bastid sitting with John Zee from Spliff Breaks

Spliff Breaks was again on hand at the annual Shambhala Music Festival 2015 for the fourth row in a year. This time around we captured both video footage and photography and had an amazing time doing so. The energies and vibes were perfect and moved at a smooth and steady pace, making for a well-balanced mix of both work and plenty of play. It’s hard to sum up just how amazing Shambhala is, but with the photos included in this post we hope to give you a glimpse into our experience at this festival and share with you some of our favourite memories from our journey.

Pictures c/o: Dustin Villenuve – @jdeveraux

To view the entire photo set, visit: Spliff Breaks at Shambhala Music Festival 2015 (Pictures)

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Mar 12

“How Do You Enjoy a Spliff Break” (Highlights) Ft. Devin The Dude, Raekwon, Tech N9ne, Demigodz, Asher Roth, Tajai, Sabota, Pigeon Hole & Stylust Beats

‪‎Spliff Breaks‬ has put together a highlight video of answers to our catchphrase question we ask in interviews; “How Do You Enjoy a Spliff Break?”.

Being that the people we interview all come from their own set of diverse backgrounds, the answers we get are often as original and unique as our guests themselves.

Guest features include: Stickybuds, Devin The Dude, Pigeon Hole & Stylust Beats, Tajai (Hieroglyphics), Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), DJ Nu-Mark, Tech N9ne, Asher Roth, Demigodz (Apathy & Celph Titled), Sabota.

Host / Producer: John Zee – Twitter / Instagram / Facebook: @spliffbreaks 

Video edited by: Matt Pidutti:

Contributing Videopgraphers include:
Matt Pidutti – Nathan Skillen: RADTV – Spencer Rieu – David Dalley:
Johnny Erwin: – Daniel J. Pierce: – Colby Rex O’Neil: – Trevar Fox:

Previous: Spliff Breaks Interviews: Yelawolf

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Aug 29

Keys N Krates – “I Know U”

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New music from Canadian trio Keys N Krates, “I Know U” preserves their unique instrument-driven, glitched out sound that made them a well-known name in the first place. The trio flawlessly swirl melodic chords and beautifully-chopped vocals into a buoyant, percussive backdrop.

Stream “I Know U’ below and if you’re feeling like adding this track to your catalogue, you can cop it off iTunes. X @keysnkrates 

Previous: Keys N Krates – Save Me (feat. Katy B)

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Aug 29

Junk – “People Come People Go” (Prod. Fresh Kils)

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“People Come People Go” is the newest joint from Junk (Northwest Division) and is produced by Fresh Kils (Toronto). This song finds Junk taking an introspective look at the people who have entered and exited from his life and gives praise to family, friends and fans who’ve stuck by his side through life’s ups and downs.

Look out for Junk to release the “I.A.N. EP” in Winter 2015, which this song will be featured on.

Links@JunkNWD X

PreviousJunk (NWD) presents: Monday Massacre #3 (video)

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Aug 27

Scott Jackson – “I Like The Way” (Beatbox)


On of the highlights of this years Shambhala Music Festival was hanging out with Scott Jackson (2012 Canadian Beatbox Champion) and watching him blackout on various styles and genres of Beatboxing. Wither it was on stage, at The Turntemple or simply chilling at our camp site, this guy is a beast and technically one of the most sound and precise Beatboxers I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing live.

We recorded an interview and live performance with Scott that we are currently in the editing phases of, but in the meantime check out this dope one-take video he recently recorded titled “I Like The Way” where he does a rendition of the classic “No Diggity” by Blackstreet and flips it up in true Scott Jackson fashion.

Links@ScottJacksonBB X facebook/scottjacksonbeatbox X IG: @scottjacksonbb

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Aug 23

Stylust Beats – “Rick James” Ft. Emotionz

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Stylust Beats recently dropped his new album “Heat Rocks” (available now on iTunes) and to promote the record, he’s running a “12 Days of Heat Rocks” promo where he releases a track off the album and gives it away for free every day, for 12 days. Today (Aug. 23rd) Stylust lets loose the song “Rick James” featuring long time friend and touring partner Emotionz from Vancouver. This is a upbeat, funky joint that by the end of it should have you lit up… just like Rick James! Plus Emotionz Slick Rick impersonation is pretty bang on… digging this new collab. 

To get caught up with all the other releases from Heat Rocks, visit: X @StylustBeats X X @EmotionzMusic

Previous: A$AP Rocky – L$D (Stylust Beats Remix) X Emotionz – Psychedelic Boombox (Tour Video)

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Aug 21

K+Lab, Stickybuds – “Super Gravy” Feat. Laughton Kora & Bailey Wiley (Video)


Two of my favourite producers in the glitch hop scene, K+Lab and Stickybuds, join forces for a funk-filled release on Gramatik’s independent label Lowtemp. Featuring guest vocals from Laughton Kora and Bailey Wiley, the track they’ve cooked up is hotter than a fistful of chilies. With its irresistible horn hooks, banging drums and heavy bass, “Super Gravy” is a summer anthem in the making and everything one would expect from two top notch producers at the top of their game. Unfortunately due to the distance between New Zealand and B.C., Stickybuds wasn’t able to make a cameo in this video. However if you’re in the UK / Europe, Stickybuds will be playing a slew of shows on his upcoming tour starting today (Fri., Aug. 21st) and stretching into mid-September. For a full list of tour dates, visit: FB/stickybuds. X

Previous: K+Lab – Yes Please feat. Tali X “It’s The Music” (A.Skillz + Stickybuds Remix) by The Mighty Mocambos ft. Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk

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Aug 21

Pigeon Hole – Donkey Punch

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Fresh off a busy B.C. summer music festival run that found them performing at such festivals as Tall Tree Music Festival, Astral Harvest Music & Arts Festival, Atmosphere Gathering and Shambhala, Pigeon Hole have been on a serious tear as of late. However now that the party dust has settled for a bit, Colin and Lee are following up with a new song they’ve been including in their live sets for the past few months. While performing a “Donkey Punch” is never something we here at Spliff Breaks would ever condone (unless it’s 110% consensual of course), this version of the Donkey Punch lands a little bit softer and more welcoming than it’s original predecessor has been known for.

Check out both the ravey, bright, technicolour visuals for the new PH jam below, and then get your free DL version via soundcloud as well.

Links@PIGEON_HOLE X X facebook/PigeonHole

Previous: Pigeon Hole – “Girls” (Beastie Boys Remix)

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Aug 14

GRiZ X Big Gigantic – Good Times Roll

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Fresh off both separately crushing individual sets this years Shambhala Music Festival, Big Gigantic and GRiZ release the cut Good Times Roll (a song I heard played repeatedly during my time at Shambs). Both of these guys are known for pushing the boundaries of Electronic and Dance music with their own respective influences of both Jazz and Soul, as well as live instrumentation. So it only seems right that they would combine their talents and join forces for this new collaboration. Stream “Good Times Roll” below and then head over to SoundCloud for the free DL.

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PreviousGRiZ – “Say It Loud” [Album Stream] X Big Gigantic – Summer Vibes (Mix)

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Aug 14

Dillon Francis – This Mixtape Is FIRE (EP)


Stream the new 6-track project from Dillon Francis – This Mixtape Is FIRE featuring Calvin Harris, Skrillix, Bro Safari, Kygo and James Hersey and Chromeo below. And if you want to cop the EP for yourself, hit it up on iTunes.

Links: X soundcloud/dillonfrancis X @DILLONFRANCIS

PreviousA-Trak & Dillon Francis – ‘Money Makin’

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Aug 14

PELL – Vanilla Sky

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One of my favourite hip hop albums to come out in 2014, didn’t come from a well known major label artist at all. It came from a young New Orleans artist named Jared Pellerin aka Pell who released the stand out project Floating While Dreaming. This album literally stopped me in my tracks as it was a well-balanced mix of both original rapping, flows, bars, word play, singing, catchy hooks and so much more than we’ve come to expect from your typical N’awlins rap artist (not to generalize and say that well-rounded artists don’t exist in the N.O., it’s just not something that we here as far away as Vancouver, Canada typically hear when exposed to a NOLA rapper). I shared his album with as many people as I could and the reaction was always a surprised “Yo, this dude is from new Orleans? Dope!”.

Today we’ve been blessed with a new single from Pell titled “Vanilla Sky” that picks up right where Floating While Dreaming left off. A joint that’s trippy in style, with a heavy motive that makes us question what’s truly real, what’s fiction and if there’s even a difference between the two (very similar to the movie Vanilla Sky itself). So far this is definitely one of the better indie releases we’ve heard all summer. Stream Vanilla Sky below and head over to Pell’s website to cop the free download for yourself.

Linkssoundcloud/pellyeah X @PELLYEAH X IG: @pellyeah X facebook/pellyeah

Previous: Pell – Floating While Dreaming

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