2011 album from the Canadian band. A latticework of Rock and Hip Hop, the album conjures old school sounds, thanks to leader Kaz and producers Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry, as well as the good vibes at Hollywood's TGG Studios (now called Wax Studios, whose alums include Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Neil Young). The sound may be warm, but the songs revisit the cold climate of Kaz's native Hamilton, Ontario., and the even chillier emotional landscape of his lost years. In the astonishing hip-hop flavored debut single, "Old Man," Kaz offers a reluctant salute to his father, a larger-than-life figure who taught school by day and raced stock cars at night.
"Redlight King's "old Man" grabs the 1972 classic by Neil Young, who approved a sampling of the song for the first time, and launches it into the 21st century. Young's song is sped up and updated with heavy percussion, while singer/songwriter Mark Kasprzyk's vocals are laid over the track and present an ode to the singer's father. "My old man is a legend/He cast a shadow so great/I think of how he is watchin'/With every move that I make," he sings. Somehow Kasprzyk's gruff voice and Young's think warble blend seamlessly in the chorus, and "Old Man" ends up as the first single since puff Daddy's 1997 hit "I'll Be Missing You" to immerse itself in a sample of another track without sounding unoriginal. Redlight King has achieved the near-impossible - and might have scored his first hit--with this respectful, modern reworking." -- Billboard Magazine, 2011