Published Jul 09, 2015It's been almost exactly a year since Toronto rapper K-os dropped the single "WiLD4TheNight (EgoLand)" and revealed plans to deliver a new LP in 2015. Well, now details of the long-awaited record have arrived.
Can't Fly Without Gravity is due out on August 28 via Dine Alone Records. It marks the follow-up to 2012's double-LP concept album Black on Blonde, though a press release claims that the forthcoming record is "a more stripped-down, holistic effort."
The songs on it hear K-os continuing to navigate the divide between rock and rap music, trying to find balance between "hip-hop's penchant for rapid-fire releases and perpetual stylistic mutation" and "the more measured approach and timeless aspirations of rock'n'roll artists."
His music stretches genre boundaries even further on Can't Fly Without Gravity, consciously crafting music for a "post-EDM pop landscape." "Turn Me Loose" is apparently a nod to fans of dance music, while "Steel Sharpens Steel" hears the musician showing off his punk side.
The latest single "Crucify" is yet another experiment in stylistic exploration, using samples reminiscent of Old Hollywood to support his modern, timely rap verses. Scroll past the album's full tracklisting and K-os' upcoming tour dates to give it a listen in the player at the bottom of the page. Up top, check out an extravagant, T.O.-reppin' movie-style poster for the album.
UPDATE: The album's release date has been pushed back by a week. Can't Fly Without Gravity will now arrive on September 4.
Can't Fly Without Gravity:
2. WiLD4TheNight (EgoLand)
3. Dance In Yo Car
4. Hussle & Flow
5. Get Up
7. Vous Deux (Denzel Washington)
8. Boyz II Men feat. Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, King Reign, and Shad
9. Rap Zealot
11. Turn Me Loose
12. Steel Sharpens Steel
13. Another Shot (A.S)
07/14 Toronto, ON - PanAm Games Ontario Celebration Zone
08/08 Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival
09/05 Edmonton, AB - Sonic Boom Festival
09/06 Calgary, AB - X Fest