Sep 24

Spliff Breaks Interviews: DJ Nu-Mark at Shambhala 2014 (Video)

Whether you know him as the backbone producer/dj of Jurassic 5, or know him for his solo production work on such albums as his Broken Sunlight Series and collaborations with the likes of Hilltop Hoods, J-Live, Aloe Blacc, The Lonely Island, Mark Farina, Dave Navarro, Ice-T and Cut Chemist (just to name a few), or know him for his electrifying and original DJ sets that he tours on constantly, or maybe you’re like me and spotted Nu-Mark way back in 2001 when he appeared on the documentary Scratch.

Or maybe you have no prior familiarity with Nu-Mark’s music at all and caught him for the first time at this years Shambhala Music Festival, where he played a funk riddled set at the Village Stage on the Saturday night of the party. Whatever your connection with DJ Nu-Mark may be, you most likely respect him for not only his music accreditations but also his longevity in hip hop culture. He’s constantly improving himself and those around him and even though he’s been a staple in hip hop for quite a long time, he still finds new and exciting ways to bring fresh concepts and ideas to the table (like his DJ/Toy sets for example). 

We caught up with Mark at Shambhala this year to discuss such topics as: differences between festivals in other countries & continents/ what makes Shambhala unique?/ are raves still a part of counter-culture?/ corporate attachments at music festivals/ the playing-producer vs. the traditional dj/ inspiring moments that made him pursue a career as a DJ/ the first record Mark ever bought/ how he stays rooted and pure to himself/ his new album with Slimkid3/ defining ‘Happiness’/ taking spliff breaks and much more..

Support DJ Nu-Mark by copping his new album with Slimkid3 (The Pharcyde) –   

Links: X @DJNUMARK X X @SpliffBreaks 

Thank you to Nu-Mark for being such a humble, down to earth person and taking the time to chat with us. Also thank you to Mitch and Britz at Shambhala and of course last but definitely not least, thank you to the talented crew of individuals that I worked alongside to make this happen, Daniel J. Pierce, Spencer Rieu and Johnny Erwin. This is the first of several videos we shot at Shambhala…more to come! Stay tuned.. #spliffbreaks

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Sep 30

The Funk Hunters + CMC & Silenta – Do This For You ft. Chali 2na

Vancouver production duo, The Funk Hunters recently dropped a dope new track titled “Do This For You” via Westwood Recordings. This track is the latest collaboration that Dunks and The Outliner have done with Germany’s own funk maestros, CMC & Silenta featuring the one & only Chali 2na from Jurassic 5! Included below is both a music video for the song and a stream of the new banger! To buy this song, head over to iTunes! X X @thefunkhunters

Previous: The Funk Hunters & DJ Wood – “Nasty” X The Funk Hunters – Detour Podcast #04

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Sep 30

Northwest Division – Stay Sharp (Mixtape)

Our friends in NWD (Northwest Division) are keeping their blades ready as they drop a 6 track EP titled Stay Sharp. Hosted by DJ Flipout, Junk and Hungry keep up on their rap calisthenics as they blaze rapid fire lyrics like bullets pumping out of an Russian kalashnikov.. bitch slappin’ beats like UOENO (Rocko ft. Future & Rick Ross), There They Go (ScHoolboy Q), My World (Iggy Azalea), Type Of Way (Rich Homie Quan), Fuck With Me (Jay-Z ft. Rick Ross) and more and making them their own.. Enjoy! #RBPH

Links: @NWD604 X facebook/northwestdivision X soundcloud/northwestdivision

Previous: Northwest Division – Women With Tattoos (video)

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Sep 29

Brother Ali in Vancouver @Biltmore Cabaret (Pictures)

Photos of the Brother Ali show from his Home Away From Home tour that took place at the Biltmore Cabaret on Sept. 24th are now up and the entire picture set can be viewed HERE..

Photo c/o: Ronan Considine Photography

“On Wednesday, September 24th the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver was blessed with some real, honest, grown man raps! Brother Ali (Rhymesayers Ent.) brought his Home Away From Home tour to Van City and joining him was Bambu, Mally and DJ Last Word. As always, Ali blessed the crowd with some of the most truthful hip hop one could…”

(to see the full set of pictures and read the post-show review, visit:

PreviousTech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko in Vancouver @Commodore Ballroom (Pictures/Review)

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Sep 27

Eastside Stories (Short-Doc.)

In my opinion, this is a beautiful film. I live near and communte through the areas shot-in and mentioned in this short documentary by illustrator Lauren Brem on a daily basis. In this short-doc, she captures the stories behind the faces on her sketch-pad that chronicles the spirit and struggles of the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Very well shot and edited and the interview with Spoons is super cool! He’s been a fixture on the Granville strip for years now.. Salute!

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Sep 26

Cool Shit Friday

The Last week of a crazy busy September is here and I have a big pile of cool shit ready for you to welcome October in with open arms.  This week I have Cuba Gooding Jr going nuts!/New Thom Yorke Album/Space Alien’s that control America and so much more!

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Sep 23

Keys N Krates – Understand Why

Keys N Krates (Toronto, ON) are at it again as they drop the second single from their forthcoming Every Nite EP. “Understand Why” combines loopy, pitched up 90s house vocals, knocking rap drums, epic synths, big bass, and haunting voices to form a certified head-nodding banger. The track elaborates on the Keys N Krates sound developed in tracks like “Treat Me Right” and “Dum Dee Dum,” which use morphed vocal samples and 808s to create tension-filled rap beats that are as anthemic as they are strange.

“Understand Why” is already picking up big support from the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Just Blaze and Salva, to name a few.

Linkssoundcloud/keysnkrates X @keysnkrates X

Previous: Keys N Krates – “Dum Dee Dum” (video)

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Sep 23

RiFF RAFF – Tip Toe Wing in My Jawwdinz (Andrew Luce Remix)

Sometimes its just necessary to get loose and trap the f*ck out.. Enjoy this dope trappy remix of RiFF RAFF’s Tip To Wing in My Jawwdinz done by 16 year old Bay Area producer Andrew Luce. Luce adds a fatter sub and a much catchier tempo to Riff’s original. Head over to Luce’s soundcloud page for a free download of this remix.. (spotted at: runthetrap)

Linkssoundcloud/andrewlucemusic X @AndrewLuceMusic X

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Sep 23

Hugo Kafumbi – Heart And Soul (Video) X Beauty Of A Queen (Audio)

Hugo Kafumbi is a rapper originally from the Congo, Africa but for the past several years he’s been been calling Vancouver home. Check out his video below for “Heart And Soul” below and then peep his Heart And Soul EP out now on iTunes.

Links@Hugokafumbi X instagram@hugokafumbi X soundcloud/hugokafumbi

Hugo Kafumbi – Beauty Of A Queen

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Sep 22

Moka Only – Inside My Heart

Really feeling the warmth off this new song/video from the OG Moke.. Inside My Heart is off his new album ‘Sex Money Moka’, out now on Great vibes all around on this one and I’m digging the nod to Where The Wild Things Are author, Maurice Sendak. I used to love that book as a kid!


Previous: Kyirim – Where I Live ft. Moka Only & DJ K-Rec Moka Only – Sex Money Moka (album stream)

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