Grand Analog - "Mutations (ft. Posdnuos)" (Grand Analog Music): Lovers of conscious hip-hop will take to this new cut like ducks to water. It features an authentic originator of the form, Posdnuos of De La Soul, collaborating with veteran Canadian collective Grand Analog.
The result is a real treat, with Pos' distinctive rhyming flow-joining that of GA's Odario Williams on a tune that caresses rather than assaults the ears. "Mutations" reflects upon a world that "keeps turning, burning, going through changes," but the vibe here is relaxed, not turbulent.
The prevailing mood is enhanced by a low-key but effective video (directed by Williams) depicting a day in the life of a 14-year-old boy. Torontonians will enjoy recognising landmarks in the Parkdale and Kensington Market locales.
"Mutations" is featured on Grand Analog's new EP, Survival, coming out on Jan. 26. Other formidable guests on the release will include Shad, A Tribe Called Red producer 2oolman, Clairmont The Second, Mad Professor, and Adaline. Expect another refreshing cocktail of funk, soul, dub, hip-hop and jazz.
Upcoming shows have been set for Toronto's Drake Underground on Feb. 23 and Montreal's Le Divan Orange on Feb. 24, to be followed by showcases at SXSW in Austin in March.
The group is co-managed by Graham Stairs and Noah Finkelstein, with Cristina Fernandes handling press.