Saturday, April 23, 2022

Mickey O'Brien - Shift Change

Mickey O’Brien is excited to share his most musically ambitious, vivid, and honest record yet. For his second full-length release, Shift Change (Hand’Solo Records), he evolves his sound and brings his most evocative and diverse pen game yet. To accomplish the former, O’Brien continues his symbiotic, creative relationship with Juno-nominated producer and live beat champion Fresh Kils and enlists live musicians such as keyboardist Zachary Clement, blues musician Tommy Fyfe, jazz saxophonist Alan Walsh, and turntablist DJ SLAM! to add exciting combinations, texture and their own unique imprint to the songs. 


To accomplish the latter, O’Brien takes us on a journey of self-transformation that goes from night to day and dark to light, enlisting the assistance of Premrock, Ultra Magnus, Juno-nominee D-Sisive, and BET Freestyle Champion Young Stitch. A strong female presence was equally important to O’Brien, with Eyeda Sophia providing powerful rhymes for the title track while Ice tha One, Annie Q, and Sarah Craig all bring their own distinct singing styles. Workers’ anthem “Cap Lamp” features the voice of acclaimed folksinger Anne Feeney, North America’s foremost labour singer and a good friend of O’Brien’s who sadly passed away in 2021.

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