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While streaming remains a contentious issue within the music industry, we’ve got some good news to report on the subject from from our sister label Backward Music.

As part of the compilation Backward Music vol.1, Tim Crabtree‘s song ‘Renamed’ now has more than 1 Million streams through Spotify. For an instrumental composition, this is quite a feat. The song begins with ambient guitar swells that soon transition to a chopped piano line and into a propelling drum loop.

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“avant garde, rhythmic, and hypnotic percussion” – Overblown UK

“Harrison’s expansive auditory vision blends symphonic structures with sampled cymbal sounds and a touch of 80s synth pop”
– Grid City Magazine

i/Variations is four part project by Toronto percussionist Greg Harrison (aka grej) where each musical work navigates through a physical and emotive journey that features manipulated cymbals and a Roland Juno synthesizer.

The majority of the record was commissioned by Toronto’s Form Contemporary Dance Theatre in 2016 and performed by choreographer Mateo Galindo Torres with live illustrations by Carlos Delgado.

Watch the video for ‘Part 3’ to see part of the performance.

grej – i/Variations
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“Ominous piano, layered percussion, and stabbing flutes…
the likes of which you would hear in a suspense film” 
– independent clauses
“classical minimalism “ – Our Basement