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2016 is a long time from those formative years writing raps in a Winnipeg basement and after years of chasing a dream of making music a profession, this group of young emcees seem to be turning the corner on making their dream a reality.
Two recordings, three nominations (WCMA’s) and several international and cross Canadian tours later, the group is ready to release their third studio album, starting with an EP to be released this April 2016.
Often citing Pharcyde, De La Soul, Slum village and The Fugees as inspiration, they’ve created a sound that has obvious sonic similarities but with a little something that can only be cultivated in the geographic isolation that Winnipeg provides them. With a musical pallet rooted in Reggae, Soul, Jazz and all things ‘Boom Bap’, their penchant for creating varied soundscapes and exploring different influences is seemingly in their DNA, making their sound something familiar yet completely unique
All this inspiration combined with an ever growing drive and desire to create has enveloped a jubilant, impassioned body of work that is The Lytics upcoming EP Hold On, a thoughtful five song sonic rumination that is at times vibrant and uplifting, other times brooding and solemn and always celebratory and confident.
2016 will feature releases for feature single ‘Friction’ as well as showcases at SXSW, CMJ and two European tours featuring many of Europe’s premiere music festivals in preparation for the September release of The Lytics third studio album. All in all, it’s shaping up to be an exciting year -- here’s hoping 2016 is more possibility than pipedream.