SARGEANT AND COMRADE
Sargeant and Comrade have been creating their unique music mélange the past decade. Yolanda Sargeant’s vocal style infuses inspirations like Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu into a style of her own. Her rich smoky vocals – playful or melancholy, joyful or pensive- come in over top of a fresh and unexpected mixture of elements in each song. It comes together with the sonic architecture of rapper/producer Evgeniy Bykovets aka “Comrade” and Marvin Kee aka “The Fly” to form a sound that is exciting and challenging, featuring unexpected and captivating juxtapositions of elements and genres.
They released their first debut ep “Salvage the Soul” in 2014 which featured tracks such as “My Swag” and “What I Realized” which got them notoriety on university radio stations in Canada. They have earned a reputation as an intriguing live act, having performed well-received sets at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Sled Island and the National Music Centre. They were featured as one of the selected artists on the Calgary Folk Music Festivals 40th anniversary album “Cover Me” with a soulful rendition of Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. And now in 2020, their sophomore album “Magic Radio” has recently won Best R&B Award at the YYC Music Awards 2021 and have been making waves across North America. The album had been sitting on Calgary’s CJSW Hip-hop chart at number one for a few months, Canada’s Earshot hip-hop chart at top three, consistent airplay on CKUA, and charting all over university radio stations across the United States at top 100 in hip-hop and r&b. They have recently been nominated in BreakoutWest (Western Canadian Music Awards) as Best New Artist and Best Hiphop Artist categories. Magic Radio was also long listed for the Polaris 2021. Yolanda Sargeant was a guest radio show host on CBC Radio One “Key of A”.