If and Only If is the latest project by Canadian indie hip hop stalwarts and long-time collaborators, soso and Maki.
Over a period of two decades, soso and Maki have been charting their own unique course, operating at the edges of the hip hop genre to develop a distinctive and personal body of work that helped define the prairie hip hop ethos.
On If and Only If, their first album in seven years, Maki has crafted a delicate and evolving backdrop for the contemplative lyrics that established soso’s reputation as one of the most unique voices in alternative hip hop. Drawing from noise, drone and other forms of electronic music, Maki sets the tone for an album imbued with the pressing political issues and social tensions that have characterized the past five years. This album was certainly not rushed. It is well-considered, deliberate in pace and intent. This is winter walking music.
If and Only If will be released on limited edition vinyl through Canadian label Endemik Music in partnership with Mism Records (Switzerland) and Audio Recon (USA) and on cassette through Hello.L.A. (France).
All the way to the world’s edge, all the way home
Not Tomorrow but the Next Day
Sweet Little Nothings
Boil Water Advisory
A morning more or less like this one
Credits & Acknowledgements
Words by soso (Troy Gronsdahl). Music by Maki (Maki Kypriotis). Produced, mixed and mastered by Maki. Artwork by Breanne Bandur. Design by Troy Gronsdahl. All the way to the world’s edge, all the way home and A morning more or less like this one is comprised of excerpts reconfigured from Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy. Wolf Willow draws from Wallace Stegner’s prairie memoire Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier.