Canadian hip-hop heavyweights Sweatshop Union, one of the hardest working ensembles to ever emerge from British Columbia, have been making righteous, politically charged music for over a decade but on their newest album Infinite (released May 28), they’re ready to really enjoy themselves.
The 6-member crew took their time with this album, spending a year to gather sounds and lyrics, whereas previous records have been completed in mere months. It bridges the gap between conscious music and fun party jams, exploring heavy themes but it’s also built for kicking back and vibing. The group believes that the record’s strength lies in this dichotomy.
The group is Pigeon Hole, two island kids from off the coast of BC, Canada. As teenagers they got their start rapping with Sweatshop Union, but veered off into making electronic music and DJing. The songs are produced and written by Pigeon Hole, who form their own blurry genre of Hiphop mashed with bass music. Making comparisons is hard, but think heavy party jams, in the vein of Grandtheft, What’s So Not, or G Jones, except these boys can rap too.
Recently, Pigeon Hole’s been riding a wave of sold-out parties and critical acclaim. Western Canada saw fit to give them the award for best electronic album of 2014. They’ve got tours all over North America under their belt, and caught buzz for lighting up festivals sets at Shambhala, SXSW, Rifflandia, CMW, Emissions, Tall Tree and others.
Pigeon Hole has only now hit their creative stride. Boasting high energy music and live show to match, the group couldn’t be in a better position to blow up. Building off what they’ve started, 2015 promises to be a massive year. Keep both eyes peeled.