Monthly Archives: June 2011

NXNE gig reviewed in :)

The wee hours of a weekend morning are rarely a good time for social analysis and progressive diatribes, unless of course they are delivered over a bed of equally forward-reaching sounds and rhythms. Thankfully, that was the sonic concoction offered up by experimental trio Abstract Random to a receptive crowd at Kensington Market’s cozy Detour Bar. Melding rich vocal melodies and snatching rhythmic chats, the politically minded 88 Days of Fortune affiliates raised the flag against a number of societal schisms, eschewing the violent and homophobic tendencies of dancehall music on the clever “Mi Na Wanna,” and calling out police overzealously through the now more locally relevant “New World Order.” With an efficient electronic sound collage of dubbed-out, dancefloor-directed beats driving their messages home, the unique offering proved a heady though ideal entree for those in search of something to move to. 

By Kevin Jones


new website like whoa :

see for yourself. xox

new tunes, here’s a sample

artwork by francesca nocera

NXNE JUNE 17th 1AM @ THE DETOUR (kensington market!)

woohoo, we’re back at nxne! look how they list us:

“Rap, electro, dubhop and bring back cool feminist politics” are, along with the tribal minimalism of the Slits or Luscious Jackson, the key ingredients of straight outta Parkdale’s abstract Random.

ces questions the luscious jackson reference but leilani notes that being compared to 80s all girl punk bands is cool, still. either way, we’re so glad to play and also attend the fancy bbq WOOHOO. when they invite the facepaint rapper girls, they gotta know what they’re getting is all i’m sayin.

xxx nxne, see you on the seventeenth!

JUNE 11TH 2011 12PM-12AM $12 adv or $15 @ door TORONTO ISLAND

my bad

we have been here, playin shows, makin new tunes, catchin vibes but i have failed to update a gosh darn thing :/

true say, i, jamilah, am responsible for this blog and leilani and francesca really aren’t to blame for this sad state of affairs.

OH! btw, leilani is now an official full-fledged member of abstract random and it only makes complete sense because ces n me have always described aR as 3 😉