Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan infuses folk-rock with blooming, layered orchestration on Oh, Fortune — his first proper album on Arts & Crafts and the follow-up to his 2009 Polaris Prize-nominated Nice, Nice, Very Nice. His songs swell to become full-bodied, sweeping moments of textured arrangements and hearty vocals that are tinged with a roughness, sadness and even guttural power.
Canadian-Sikh rapper Humble the Poet (Kanwer Singh), together with his producer and primary beat-maker Sikh Knowledge (Kanwar Anit Singh Saini), spit out smooth, yet fiery, socially conscious rhymes about the broken prison system, women’s rights, and immigrant life in America. Motivated by their mission to spread awareness of these issues, the two make for an electrifying and captivating hip-hop duo, their energy and flow seemingly inexhaustible.