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The Lytics – They Told Me [Review]

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Winnipeg, MB – Get ready to peep The Lytics, a band of three brothers, a cousin and a DJ, composed of Anthony “Ashy” Sannie (vocals), Andrew “A-Nice” Sannie (Vocals), Alex Sannie, Mungala “Munga” Londe (vocals), and DJ Lonnie Ce. These blooming amateurs are reminiscent of a younger version of The Roots, and their sophomore album They Told Me is due out mid-October.

Review: The Lytics - They Told Me - HipHopCanada.com

The album starts with a bang; beginning with a jazzy trumpet, a letter to the world true to its title “Dear World.” It’s clear The Lytics make music to be heard by the people, specifically locals in “Dear World,” “When you’re in town just drop me a line, I’m local” and in “The Sequel,” “Representing for the people.” Their cathartic energy really feels as though they’re purging their hearts to the world.

Seeing the song title “Ring My Alarm” one might expect some Beyonce praisin’ but instead they brought mellow flow, droppin’ the heat in their lyrics. Their interlocked interludes flow the album smoothly from song to song. Their groovy indie-pop beats in “Stay Calm” were a little less inventive but their lyrical depth made up for it: “This may be the bystander effect. Diffusion, responsibility, and fightin’ for the issue. You think this may be a defected, twisted, deranged mentality calling the face of calamity impressing coming against morality.” Their mad-libbin’ lyrics and their R&B vibe and jazzy roots give a whole other dynamic to their sound.

The synapses in my brain fired to the album’s fluid beat and I was left in a state of jazzy entrancement. Make sure to peep this album droppin’ October 16.

Written by Nicola Storey for HipHopCanada

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