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What: Hip-Hop

Where: Edmonton, AB

Visit: www.soundcloud.com/tomthompsonyeg

We’re not sure what’s in the water in Edmonton that makes the city such a hotbed of interesting and innovative music – we’re looking at you, Cadence Weapon and SNFU – but Tom Thompson is perhaps one of the more unassuming musicians that currently make up the city’s arts and culture scene. Leveraging a compelling collection of obscure samples and dark melodies, Thompson’s distinct style of hip-hop doesn’t rely as much on bravado as it does minimalism and attention to detail, and that is precisely why it succeeds. Early this year, Thompson released the bumping track “Crash” as a follow-up to last year’s full-length, Who Is Tom Thompson. This is one artist to keep your eye on in the months ahead.