Listening to Kosmic T’s album “Rise Of The New Earth”, a revolutionary new world seems to not only be within reach – but here, now, breathing within our very lives! Featuring the sounds of world-renowned producers DJ Taz Rashid & Momentology, it is a conscious Hip Hop release with strong New Age music influences built on a deep experiential love for the ancient cultures.
Tanin Shunter grew up in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. He comes from a musical family; His brother, dad, uncles, and grandparents are all musicians. Tanin’s first Hip Hop group began at the age of 15, called “Lokal Motif”. One of their songs – “Back Home” – has had almost 500k plays on Spotify and 100k plays on Youtube. The band split up after a few years. Tanin had a profound spiritual awakening (and sobering car accident) in his early 20s that lead to Kosmic T being born and the release of “Seeds Of Light” (2015).
After that, Tanin went on a six-year healing journey which took him to esoteric mystery schools in Guatemala, sacred sites of Mexico and Peru, on local mountain pilgrimages, plant medicine ceremony, rituals, and yoga. In late 2019, he was invited to participate in “From The Heart – One day, Once Circle” to support aboriginal and non-aboriginal students create a song for a live theater performance. This inspired him to compose the song “Rainbow Warriors”, which can be heard on the album (see below). Tanin raised over $7 000 on Gofundme to record “Rise Of The New Earth”. He now has a studio in a little nature pod, just above Heddlestone in Nelson. “Rise Of The New Earth” is mixed and mastered by Paulo Germano.
Listening to Kosmic T’s “Rise Of The New Earth” I’m reminded that conscious Hip Hop and New Age music have one thing in common; both genres are forever linked to the late 1980s. Hip Hop evolved into being about girls, money, and materialism, while New Age music of the 1990s became soft and “Pan Pipe Moods” pretty. Kosmic T seems to singlehandedly revive both genres and make them relevant for young people everywhere. Even not-so-young people like myself have a lot to learn here. It is both deeply inspiring and profoundly hopeful.
“Rise Of The New Earth” is not an easy album to review; Each part of the production is major level spotless. Even studio veterans such as Ricky Kej, Will Ackerman, or Tom Eaton couldn’t have perfected it more (although I’m sure they would have included an instrumental or two) and most importantly, it is totally unpretentious and has a healthy dose of street cred, thanks to the Hip Hop vibe.
If you only add one album to your playlist in 2021, make sure that it is Kosmic T’s “Rise Of The New Earth”. It is exceptional! And while you are at it, add “Seeds Of Light” too. You are not going to regret it.
For more information and music, visit Kosmic T on Bandcamp.