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SOUND SEEKERS: Big Ups from hip-hop trio Homebased, who are celebrating their album release on Saturday night

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Homebased holds its album release party this Saturday at Ritual. (Left to right: Kane "Kane B" Beard, Tom "Textstyle" Bent, and Liam "Betavel" Kendall.) Photo by Amy Sparrow Photography.

Ottawa hip-hop trio Homebased focuses on golden era-style hip-hop on their new album called Get Busy. Homebased is Liam “Betavel” Kendall and Tom “Textstyle” Bent on rhyme duties with Kane “Kane B” Beard on samples and scratches. Their feel-good tunes have a late-night vibe thanks to all those bassy samples. Their tune “Go On” gives you a good sense of the album’s style. Check out the video here and stream the entire 13 tracks of fierce mic talent here.

Homebased began nearly a dozen years ago when Kendall and Bent met as teenagers and tried out some rap stanzas. It was early-phase stuff with songs made up of big boasts and odes to hip-hop. As time passed, their writing became a bit slicker. One evening, the duo saw Beard’s sampling talent at a producer showcase and invited him to join their group. They put out a mixtape and started working on their full-length album. The results are big and bold with added dazzle from guest artists Ducats, Ghettosocks, Grusm, Jeff Spec, SD the Scholar, and J.E.T.S.

Homebased is part of the Vinyl Tap crew, led by capital city MC Devin Atherton. He’s featured on the album’s “Atherlude,” and serves as a mentor to the young rap crew. Atherton helped the Homebased boys with booking shows and related details of music making.

The Homebased album release party takes place Saturday, March 16 at Ritual with special guests Ghettosocks, Jeff Spec, Atherton and SD the Scholar, plus DJs Calkuta, Circa, Grusm and Prufrock. 9 p.m., $6.