ABOUT THIS ALBUM:
Bless up, y’all. Here we go once more. Time travels and the mind rambles. The soup don’t come from a can and words just evade your optic sensors, so in a nutshell, smoke this and take it easy. These tracks were created between spring 2018 and September 2018, with the exception of ‘Swift as the Breeze’. That one was made during the Concert For One sessions in spring 2017. A lot of patient waiting and soul gyrating. Do you ever put coffee in a thermos and just go into the woods? I would. Feel the evolution and at the same time embrace the nostalgia. The music develops a golden patina over time. Some prefer this over whatever current, shiny audio trinkets rattle in a most ephemeral manner. Me? I’m Kareem Serene. I do the long play. It just has to be that way. Darryl Rodway once said to me “hey Moke.. how come you never wear Napoleon Dynamite type of boots for an album cover shoot?” I simply replied, “horsejazz, D…who better to do what I do better?” Darryl had no option but to concede to an agreeing nod. URBNET knows what type of a ride we are on. Like a slow, lumbering, freight train, on maintenance-deferred trackage. It may not be glamorous but darned if the sonic din doesn’t make a few dogs howl. And with that, we now present Patina. (For ages 8 and up, no assembly required, batteries not included).
Daniel Denton is an iconic artist in Canadian hip-hop, based out of Vancouver, performing musical feats under any one of his mysterious aliases. Guised as Ron Contour, Torch, or most notably, as Moka Only, his delivery is consistent and unmatched. He is an acclaimed underground champion, and a true storyteller with an unfathomable collection of stories to tell.
Moka works as a multi-faceted artist, and has been writing, producing, and creating relentlessly since the late nineties. He has celebrated acknowledgment through a 2015 WCMA rap recording of the year nomination, and three Canadian Urban Television nods. As Co- founder of the collective rap group Swollen Members, a name that Moka recalls, with tongue in cheek, coming up with while “...sitting in a Denny’s”, and “...because I liked the double entendre”, his successes garnered him Three Juno Awards, Seven Platinum Plaques, and Seven MMVAs. He has also collaborated with legends such as MF Doom, J Dilla, and Grand Puba, and has toured internationally with artists such as Tanya Morgan and ILLA J, only to name a few.
Fast-forward to 2016, a truly remarkable year for Moka, in which he continued to progress and expand his creativity. Released via URBNET, Moka gifted fans with his ‘12 for 12 project’, a mammoth musical feat that saw him putting out one album every month, for the entire year. Each album curated from a palette of anecdotal quips, time hops, and relativity.
“I do them. I do songs”, Moka expresses. “They are mere moments of my ‘artness’ in this current antigravity of 2016, where we are all becoming disengaged and averse to actually being present. Can we reset ourselves and get back to soul power, please? It is my only true wish. My wish for the feeling to feel feel-able again in this music life or whatever surrounds it”
The following year saw the release of the self-produced album “Concert for One”, one of Canada’s most highly anticipated rap releases of 2017, and a current nominee for the WCMA 2018 Rap Recording of the Year award. Packed with stand-alone characteristic beats, the LP was later released as an instrumental record.
Moka Only’s upcoming release, Patina, is a showcase of Moka’s signature smooth, jazzy, hip hop beats, married with lyrical storytelling. The eleven-track self-produced LP is set for both physical and digital release via URBNET, on April 26th, 2019 and will be distributed by Fontana North Distribution, INgrooves and Fat Beats Distribution.
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
With countless years of accomplishments under his belt, Moka may flaunt the traits of a musical superhero, but he has never
been one to disappear into the night. Moka embodies what today’s artists strive to attain, that is to say, the experience, the wins, the brain power, and the absolute creative will that fuels him. This hero is nowhere near done...more
Thank you. Been waiting and you did not disappoint. Home is a dope jump off for the album. Freaka is a stand out for sure, as is Im There, but the whole album is on point. Torch! Respect. I'm greedy, give me more. Justin Blackman