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Rift & Savilion – Carry the Fire [Audio]

Regina, SK – Regina’s own MC Rift recently teamed up with Torontonian producer, Savilion, to drop this new single entitled “Carry the Fire” via Hand’Solo Records. This track comes to us off the duo’s forthcoming Carry the Fire EP (scheduled for release this upcoming June).

But before we get into the track, let’s get into the supreme dopeness of this production. Savilion started off a beatbox sample. And he used it as the foundation for this simplistic groovy jungle-beat jam. Check it out below, and cop a free download of the track over here.


Rift & Savilion - Carry the Fire [Audio] -

Rift comes in on his verses, and uses the whole “carry the fire” thing to speak to his role as a torch-bearing rap-cat. And it’s got this whole Wildman-on-the-loose vibe, too; with references to hunters roughing it in the backwoods. And Survivorman.

Actually, apparently this joint was partially inspired by Survivorman. So it’s got this hungry dog-eat-dog feel to it. And ends with some dialogue about cooking up snails. Which is the best. Because it alludes to so much more than cooking up Wildman escargot – it refers to survival of the fittest. Those who are slow to put in the hustle don’t last long.

About Rift & Savilion

While Carry the Fire is the debut album for this pairing, Rift and Sav are rap vets who have collaborated many times throughout their impressive back catalogues. Rift honed his sing-song flow as Selfhelp alongside Thesis Sahib as part of London, Ontario-based rap duo Bending Mouth with a self-titled album (2002) and vinyl EP (2004), both amongst the earliest Backburner releases, with production from Fresh Kils, Uncle Fes, Timbuktu, Jesse Dangerously and Savilion, and followed that up with two solo Selfhelp albums (Old Friends in 2009 and Broken Shadows in 2010) and an album focusing on the subject of nostalgia as The Garthim-Master (Ghosts of Nostalgia, 2011) before making a change to Rift for Carry the Fire and future projects.

Savilion came up in the Toronto rap scene as a member of weirdo rap group Creature Box, releasing one album (The Frantic Hunt for Shade, 2002) before disbanding shortly after signing to Hand’Solo Records, as well as solo work (Sound Puzzles in 2000 and Porch Steez in 2002) and a collaboration with fellow Creature Box-er Thought?Bug (Bad Sense of Smell, 2001), before turning his attention to recording and producing for other artists. He is currently a member of b-movie rap trio Swamp Thing, who have released an EP (The Grindhouse EP, 2012) and two albums (Creature Feature in 2012 and Firedogs in 2013), and he is currently working on a new solo album.

Twitter: @Savilion | @SecretCloud | @HandSoloRecords

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