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Sharif Sharifi Shares His Definitive Records

Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to scour their sonic-led memories to pull out the three albums anchoring their musical tastes.

For this edition, we drop in on Sharif Sharifi, co-owner and operator of cool Mt. Pleasant cafe, Coffee Roastery Modus, to find out how his discerning tastes translate from coffee and into the sonic sphere…

Jam City | Dream a Garden

A really random find – 90% of the time I just go for mixes and sets, and when I have time just ID music off of those – and I found this random gem. An eclectic album with a lot of ambient tracks, lots of synths; it’s a nice blend of acoustic and electronic sounds with great vocals that just blend in with the rest of the post-rock(?) noise.

Emmett Kai | Baby Hits!

All of Emmett Kai’s stuff has a signature sound – think nostalgic 90’s pop reimagined, weirdly addicting and catchy. A lot of it has a timeless sound to it thanks to the tight minimal production and super dreamy vocals. A necessary post-party, morning-of selection.

Jack Priest | Wolf + Lamb Deja Vu, Vol. 2

This album is def a branch off of my younger techno heavy days. Essential chill vibey house. From a fav artist of mine, also happens to be on one of my favorite labels as well. A selection of loved tracks by Jack Priest from other artists off the Wolf+Lamb label.

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From ‘Jazzy Boombap’ to Adolescent Rebellion: Shotaro Jotatsu Names His Definitive Records

In anticipation of his next event on June 17th, the Vancouver-based DJ and host of the Japanese-run music and vintage pop-up, Ishinomonosashi, gives us the rundown of his most influential albums to date.

The Musical Tastes of Yu Su, In and Out of the Kitchen

On Wednesday, December 7th, Ubuntu Canteen will be hosting Yu Su for a sonically inspired collaborative dinner, featuring the personal sounds of her trip through mainland China.

What’s Pumping on the Speakers (and Headphones) of Patrick Hennessy

From pre-service pump-ups, to subway commutes and his current restaurant jams: these are the records that define Barbara restaurant's owner / chef.

From ‘The Hip’ to Hip Hop, Mike Jacobsen Names His Three ‘Definitive Records’

We take a short trip over to Salt Spring and head immediately to Cassette Cafe and Dive Bar - a former gas station where these days locals and visitors alike fuel up on food, drinks and a stellar playlist of tunes - to hear from its owner about the albums that 'define' him...