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2009/11/10
K-OS

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Kevin Brereton (born February 20, 1972) better known by his stage name k-os, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. His given name may also be cited as Kheaven, a spelling he later adopted.
The alias "k-os" (spelled with a lower case "k"), is pronounced "chaos" and is an acronym for "Knowledge of Self," although in a later interview he also said that it used to stand for "Kheaven's Original Sound." His music incorporates a wide variety of music genres including rap, funk, rock, and reggae. The lyrics frequently focus on promoting a "positive message" while at times expressing criticism of mainstream hip hop culture's obsession with money, fame and glorification of violence.A musician as well as a producer, k-os has written and produced nearly every part of all four of his albums. k-os usually performs with a live band, something that is uncommon in the hip hop genre. He sometimes plays guitar and keyboard both during live performances and in the studio.
k-os received his first musical exposure with the single "Musical Essence", released in 1994. After the release of his second single "Rise Like The Sun" in 1996 he withdrew from the industry because he was dissatisfied with his musical style. He reappeared briefly in 1999 and released his debut album Exit in 2002. The album received positive reviews but sold relatively few copies. He released his second album Joyful Rebellion in 2004, which received platinum status in Canada. Joyful Rebellion received positive reviews, and Atlantis: Hymns for Disco, was released in 2006. His most recent album, Yes!, was released in 2009.(Wikipedia K-OS)

Discography
Take You There (1996 Pure)
Exit ( 2002 Astralwerks)
Joyful Rebellion (2004 EMI / Virgin Records)
Atlantis: Hymns for Disco( 2006 EMI / Virgin Records)
Collected ( 2007 Virgin Records)
Yes! ( 2009 EMI / Virgin Records)

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Yes!

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Album Review: k-os – Yes! (2009) here
Yes!, indeed. This Canadian emcee-singer-producer cannot release a new record without generating some sort of buzz in whatever circle you want to label his fanbase. k-os shatters boundaries both with his music and those who bump his feel-good anthems. Since debuting in 2002 with Exit, he has steadily crossed and infused genres with success. From acoustic folk to soul to, of course, hip-hop, k-os doesn’t let expectations hold him back. And he continues with the hits and experimentation on Yes!, his fourth album that is every bit as cohesive as it is varied.

Perhaps this album’s most interesting element is it is such a turn from his last effort, the fun and emotional Atlantis: Hymns for Disco. And that concept is heard instantly during “Zambony” as a movie sample plays. You hear a woman shouting, “Nobody knows what you’re doing!” as a man responds, “That’s exactly the way I like it.” Unlike what you heard on Atlantis with instantly gratifying hits “Sunday Morning” and “Born to Run”, Yes! is more of a grower. Sure, “4 3 2 1” is a startlingly catchy pop number that will have you tapping and singing right along with k-os. But outside of that, and maybe “Uptown Girl”, the tracks take time to build. Once they get inside your head, though, there is little to no turning back. Yet, at the same time, it’s such a solid album that you could just play it in the background, bounce to a few joints, and go along with your day. Or you can sit and focus as time flies by. Either way, you are left feeling satisfied with some room left for another spin.

It’s difficult and seemingly blasphemous to k-os’s work to just point out three or four of this album’s best cuts. The primary reason for that is each track seems to take on its own life while also fitting in with one another. It might seem pretentious, but it’s actually more of a testament to his songwriting ability. From start to finish, there is nary a weak link in the k-os chain. You have the humble opener “Zambony”, on which he jumps from one topic to the next over 808s, a choral loop, guitar and strings. Then there is the hypnotizing “Uptown Girl” and its swirling guitar lick. And how about the aptly-titled, two-tracks-in-one “FUN!”? Driven by a heavy guitar riff, synthesizers, and a slick in-stereo beat, k-os first injects hints of bitterness into the otherwise upbeat joint before he embraces how hip-hop brings us together. It then transforms into a futuristic R&B track in the blink of an eye.

As stated earlier, don’t be surprised if you spin this record several times in a row after your first listen. But doesn’t that seem to be the case with every k-os album? Yes!, it does. And with this, he has now solidified himself as one of music’s most consistent artists.


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