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K-OS – Collected

Usually an artist will be between records before they put out a “collection,” either that or something similar is considered a retrospective.

Canada’s brother K-OS is not the usual musician, however, and he rarely does things that are expected. Therefore, on the heels of his critically acclaimed third album, Atlantis: Hymns for Disco, comes the Virgin Records compilation: K-OS Collected. The album features some of his greatest musical triumphs, including Joyful Rebellion’s scathing commentary, but uber-catchy, “Crabbuckit,” for which he also won a Juno award.


Also included in this Collection are the off-kilter, yet very hip-hop old school track “Superstarr, pt. zero,” as well as a special mix of Atlantis’ premier single “Sunday Morning.” In addition to his more high energy records, K-OS is also known for his keen introspection, which can be witnessed via the drippingly soulful “The Rain,” and the moody “Man I Used To Be.”

While this album is a retrospective, of sorts, it also features unreleased tunes. “I Am” is a track in the tradition and growth of Atlantis, while the party-themed “Mushaboom” is actually by fellow Canadian artist Feist, featuring K-OS. It is nonetheless as noteworthy as the rest of the disk.

K-OS continues to push the boundaries of what hip-hop music is, as fans have no doubt noticed during his turn at this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. And, while notable tracks that include the charming “The Love Song,” and the lilting “Heaven Only Knows,” are missing here, it is still a great opportunity to make the acquaintance of a consistent and wonderfully strong artist. Fans can find the hits collected, while newbies can get a first-rate education. Either way, this generous helping of tunes will satisfy the most jaded of appetites. Get Collected.


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