Toronto's Time North Releases Abbrasively High-Energy Countin'
Evan Dale // Jul 21, 2018
There’s a certain energy that artists these days are bringing to the mellow-toned yet hard-hitting production currently flooding streaming platforms and turning modern hip-hop shows into aggressively violent mosh pits. But it’s not simply the punches packed by these artists defining their sound, rather their ability to quickly transport that up-tempo, antagonistic demeanor into a swatch of others. That transcendental crossroads is at its heart, Toronto’s sonic bread and butter. Rooted in the canon of its modern creative overlord, Drake, whose musicality shuffles wildly and invents systematically on and off course with hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and pop’s mainstream, Toronto’s subsequent explosion of artists has followed suit, in effect leading to the vast indefinability of the regional sound and its guardians.
Just listen to Toronto artist, Tim North. Shuffling through his career canon yields results as broad-ranging as shuffling through most inter-stylistic playlists where of course something ties it all together, but before the modern scene, could have never been pulled off by a single creative. Like many modern artists – most of which are still found somewhere between Toronto, Atlanta, New York, and London – Tim North does it all. Conception, songwriting, singing, rapping, editing, mixing, and releasing are but the musical sector of his long résumé. And through it all, he is practiced and comfortable releasing music across a breadth of traditional genrefication.
His latest release, Countin’, is a high-energy anthem worthy of the sonically violent exploits of fellow Ontarians, Jazz Cartier and Night Lovell, where vocal strain and house-shaking bass set the scene for arrogant house parties and Warped Tours crowd reactions. It’s a new direction for the greater hip-hop club inspired by a strange plethora of off-kilter hip-hop, punk, and rock. Yet, time spent listening to some of his other recent releases is reminiscent of Toronto’s softer, electronically-influenced R&B movement where a PARTYNEXTDOOR and K. Forest sort of transcendentalism is more apparent.
Keep an eye on Tim North as he continues his parade into the center of the experimental Toronto scene.