Published May 02, 2016Toronto hip-hop group Grand Analog were treated to the career-spanning Roll Dub Soul Rap (A Collection) compilation last year, and now a new remixed track of theirs is ushering in a brand new Toronto-based label called the Confidence Emperors.
The imprint will deliver digital singles, EPs and remixes as a means for listeners to discover the work of Canadian acts, while allowing the artists to maintain creative freedom.
"I've always believed that great artists should be able to encapsulate everything they do into a three-and-a-half-minute single," label founder Graham Stairs said in a statement. "The Confidence Emperors is not only going to be a digital singles/EPs/remixes label, but also a discovery platform that curates and channels that excitement into its releases. The artists I work with are prolific and have their own studios. So, now they have an outlet for their creative urges!"
Grand Analog, Chemical Dreams, Martha and the Muffins, and Ghost Caravan are all slated to release material in the near future. A side-project dubbed Pyramid Tropic featuring the Wilderness of Manitoba's Will Whitwham and Grand Analog producer Matthew Fudge will also make their debut through the Confidence Emperors.
The imprint will host with a launch party on May 6 at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto, where Pyramid Tropic are scheduled to perform as part of Canadian Music Week with Ghost Caravan and Tiny Danza. Grand Analog will also be doing DJ sets throughout the night. You can RSVP on the events page here.
Before marking the label's launch by taking in the live show, though, you can check out the video premiere for a brand new remix of Grand Analog's "Let Disco." The inaugural release for the imprint hears Muneshine putting his own positive spin on the less than cheerful song.
"'Let Disco' allows you to dance during heartbreak," Grand Analog frontman Odario Williams explains. "Muneshine's remix brought hope and sunshine to a track I wrote about breaking up."
See and hear it for yourself by watching the accompanying clip in the player below.