Ryan Hemsworth
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Ryan Hemsworth

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
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"Ryan Hemsworth: Schools Rustie, Leaves Girl Talk Gasping"

An edge-of-your-seat tale of two "maximalist" mixes

There's no flow or sense of comfort to Rustie's Essential Mix and if THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT, DUH, rap producer Ryan Hemsworth's mix for the website Live for the Funk doubles down on Rustie's mannered chaos. While Rustie exhibits a frustrating, outsider's respect for hip-hop and R&B, which finds him rarely manipulating the tracks, Hemsworth prefers an obnoxious, next-level Girl Talk-ing of his choices: He pairs a capellas from Tumblr rap hits with shards of instrumentals, original productions, and strange left-field samples (personal favorite: pairing tough-guy and -girl raps from Three 6 Mafia's "Late Nite Tip" with sad-sack piano from "Instrumental" by the Microphones). When Hemsworth drops Clams Casino's "I'm God," it's to derail his own remix of Main Attrakionz and Danny Brown's "Suffocation," slipping Clammy Clams' weather-worn Imogen Heap wails underneath Brown's song-swiping verse, further upping the energy.

The goal here is as much music as possible and the thrill of listening is how Hemsworth always seems on the precipice of losing control. He fires a two-step Mariah Carey remix straight through Grimes' Final Fantasy banger "Majical Cloudz," and it would probably make unabashed Mariah fan Claire Boucher blush with excitement. Delightfully inane radio hit "Cashin' Out" by um, Ca$h Out is caught up in the footwork Vangelis swirl of Kuedo's "Vectoral." Late in the mix, at about the point where maybe you've checked your iTunes to see how much is left, Hemsworth toys with uptempo house, grabbing your attention once again. Then, he interrupts it with Shady Blaze's double-time rapping underneath stuttering rhythms, reinventing the Main Attrakionz pal as a cheeseball hip-house MC.

There are so many cluttered moments of genius, in which three or four ideas are running into each other, that I can't even begin to imagine how this mix came together. Fitting Hemsworth's description ("a kitchen-sink mix"), LFTF feels like a vomiting up of the producer's hard drive: Every idea and half-idea, every chintzy mash-up and artful fusion sprinkled together, bursting at the seams with energy, and fueled by unpredictability. Where Rustie politely locates musical similarities, Hemsworth adventurously uncovers revelatory cross-genre relationships. - Spin Magazine

"Grimes f. Deniro Farrar, “Genesis” (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)"

North Carolina’s most heartbroken rapper Deniro Farrar has drudged up bad feelings to set a near personal sonic high, hopping deftly on his frequent collaborator Ryan Hemsworth’s godsend of an unofficial Grimes “Genesis” remix, which has garnered warm approval from the experimental pop angel herself. Farrar’s version is a song less about the never-ending pursuit of love and more focused on giving bitches the cold shoulder like they anemic. Settling into bad behavior while the scars of bad breakups fade, his drawl bobs over the beat like sour apples. Deniro Farrar’s Destiny Altered album was released earlier this month, and Grimes’ 4AD debut is now streaming in its entirety.

- The Fader

"Deniro Farrar and Shady Blaze f. ST 2 Lettaz, “43 Hours In” (Prod. by Ryan Hemsworth)"

Charlotte’s Deniro Farrar and East Oakland’s Shady Blaze, having twice collaborated on Farrar’s album Destiny Altered, have linked again for a joint LP of their own, out May 15th. On the first single, which features another Altered alumnus, G-Side’s ST 2 Lettaz, Farrar raps wickedly dark with his cadence restrained, contrasting Blaze’s unreserved verse, like a dam busting. In its low-key smoothness, this might be one of Ryan Hemsworth’s best beats, with a muffled, Clams Casino-indebted vocal sample but his distinctive keys shining through like sun between cracks in the paranoid rappers’ blinds.
- The Fader

"SPIN's 20 Best R&B Albums of 2011"

17. Ryan Hemsworth, No Plans
Electro-soul from Halifax (seriously), vintage but mostly in the 8-bit Castlevania sense. Other interests include amusing song titles ("It Takes a Couple of People to Hold Us Back"), entropy, fearing his mother's death, and a half-dozen other genres. - Spin Magazine


Kitsch Genius (Self Released 2012)
A-Way (Self Released 2012)
Distorted w/Shady Blaze (Self Released 2011)
Someone To Make You Crazy (Single) (Self Released 2011)
We Deserve This (Single) (Self Released 2010)
Cover Your Shame (Self Released 2010)



Ryan Hemsworth is a young producer from Nova Scotia getting increasingly noticed for his unique take on Hip Hop and R&B. His album No Plans release was featured on SPIN magazine's Top 20 R&B albums of 2011 (#17). Kitsch Genius, this year, was given steady coverage as well on SPIN, The Fader, Discobelle and a number of other online tastemakers. Fans include BBC Radio, French DJ/producer Brodinski, and Canada’s baby-voiced overlord Grimes.

Ryan's work with hip-hop artists Main Attrakionz, Shady Blaze and Deniro Farrar has been covered by the gamut of websites from Complex (Deniro Farrar - Destiny.Altered), Wired (Main Attrakionz - Chandelier), and his last project (Hyperbolic Chamber Music) was a 22-minute posse cut featuring 26 different rappers across America on his production, which was presented by the New York brand Mishka. He has recently released a number of new remixes, a few of which were premiered on RCRDLBL and Prefix Magazine.