On Aug. 31, Ill Tone will release Hope? EP, a four-song preview of his coming full-length debut album.
The EP by the former Comox Valley resident features Jasmin Parkin of Mother Mother, Kyprios, Skryptcha of Obese Records (AUS), and a handful of other talented vocalists/musicians.
This project will be available at illtone.bandcamp.com and listeners will be able to name their own price.
The EP is a collection of well-written lyrics over catchy, boom bap beats with some pop influence. Expect lots of live instrumentation, in addition to skillful record cuts by Ill Tone’s DJ, DJ Optimus Prime.
Since his last release, Dirty Old Mixtape, Ill Tone has had the opportunity to open for Tha Alkaholiks, Jeru the Damaja, The Boom Booms, and very recently, Talib Kweli.
He’s been busy crafting this project, as well as the full-length album, which will follow in early 2013.
The lyrics on the album, for the most part, are centred around remaining hopeful through dark times of drug use and personal struggle, although he doesn’t hesitate to touch on the subjects of nature, politics, and performing live under sub-par circumstances! If you like Hope? EP, you will love the album Bringin’ the Hope Back.
If you’d like to hear some of Ill Tone’s previously released music, visit www.ILLTONEMUSIC.com. Note that almost all songs on the music player in the top right can be downloaded for free.
— Ill Tone