Grand Ana­log

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Sur­vival Who­ever says mu­si­cal dex­ter­ity is miss­ing from to­day’s hip-hop land­scape has clearly not been in­tro­duced to Grand Ana­log. The six-piece Toronto-based col­lec­tive have been steadily mak­ing well-rounded, jazz-funk-in­spired rap mu­sic for over ten years. Sur­vival runs 30 min­utes, and is not jam-packed with con­ven­tional songs, struc­tures or rules, for that mat­ter. The eight-track EP is a bliss­ful bal­ance of both beats and rhymes, with nei­ther hog­ging the spot­light. “Star­dust,” for ex­am­ple, is sim­ply a minute-and-a-half of sym­phony-grade beat cre­ation from pro­duc­ing mem­ber Alis­ter John­son; the same goes for al­bum opener “Sur­vival Mode” and soul­fully sam­pled “Every­day.” If typ­i­cal trap drums and snares are cheap, sug­ary fast food, then ev­ery beat on this EP is an or­gan­i­cally farmed superfood loaded with vi­ta­mins. Even though there aren’t any lyrics

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