Thoroughbred State – Check them out

I love music, I always have but unfortunately I’m completely tone-deaf (my apologies to all who’ve heard me in a noraebang or at karaoke) and I’ve never really had any talent with the few instruments I tried to play in junior high or high school. But luckily, many others have way more musical talent than I do so I can always find something to suit my mood. There’s music that can help me keep pace on my runs or that can help inspire me to write or that brings back sweet (or sad) memories. Music helps make long trips bearable and quiet days in the office more fun. Music can cheer us up, give us energy or calm us down; the possibilities are as endless as the number of playlists you have!

And because I’m always listening to something, I’m always looking for new artists and groups to add to my playlists (so I don’t get bored)! Last fall I found a new Korean-Canadian hip hop group that I love (I recently reviewed them from their performance at the Show & Prove concert in December). I added them to my list of Korean music to wait for and have been eagerly awaiting their first single, EP or album. And thankfully, the wait is over!

Who am I talking about? Thoroughbred State!

Thoroughbred State – an underground hip hop collective based in Toronto that formed in the summer of 2011 – has released a single a week for the past three weeks and I’m so pumped about their music that I think you should listen to it too! Head on over to their website to listen to their first three songs or to download them.

My favourite is Hello World, which just makes me want to get up and dance! It’s a catchy tune but I suspect (with my limited Korean) that like many Korean songs, the lyrics are deeper than the music suggests.

The next song is 친구 (Feat. Stacey Sang). 친구 means friend in Korean and is pronounced “chingu”. It’s a haunting song and Stacey Sang’s vocals add a more soulful vibe than is apparent in the other songs.

The Essence is the most recent of the singles they’ve released on their website. This track reminds me of the old-style rap/hip hop from the 80’s.

But don’t listen to me, I’m definitely not a music critic, I just like the stuff 🙂 Listen for yourself!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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