Mr. Brady & Elaquent – Saying Something EP

Tosten Burks keeps his head in the clouds and his thoughts so heavenly. The Low End Theory aesthetic sails south. Although perennially irrelevant as a hip-hop hub, San Diego is a logical host for...
By    April 12, 2012

Tosten Burks keeps his head in the clouds and his thoughts so heavenly.

The Low End Theory aesthetic sails south. Although perennially irrelevant as a hip-hop hub, San Diego is a logical host for such restless, sunset-stained soul. And with the city’s own Gonjasufi collaborating with Flying Lotus, and The Gaslamp Killer headquartered north to Low End itself, the emergence feels like it was only a matter of time.

Either way, Elaquent’s production is worth 18 minutes of your day. Crippled smooth piano, stuttering snares, confused, off-kilter synth flares. It’s pretty, but uneasy about that prettiness. The ever-so-slight arrhythmicness reads as hesitation. Scared, self-conscious beauty. Mr. Brady’s voice is also the perfect broken, emphatic anchor. It’s a soft, reserved indoor-voice of restraint, a sad gangster gruff, as subtle as a lion sighing. It conveys tired wisdom, experience, intimacy. The voice of that end-of-the-bar old-timer. Listen, he’s saying something.

Stream below the jump.

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