GTA FUNK

by KEI-LI

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1.
GTA Funk ft. Robotaki and Clairmont the 2nd
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Bounce ft. Falcxne
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Magnum Dragon ft. NAHTE
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5.
Revenge in deep space ft. Kemi Ade & Christopher Blacc

about

GTA FUNK is both a reaction to and a reflection of the 'Toronto' sound, conceived during KEI-LI’s move from the suburbs of Mississauga to the city of Toronto.

The vast multiculturalism of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has given birth to a sonic diversity that goes far beyond the signature OVO sound associated with the city. With the world finally tuning in, this EP also enlists the help of fellow artists like Robotaki, Falcxne, Clairmont the 2nd and NAHTE, which allows him to showcase a funkier side to the city that the world hasn’t been acquainted with yet.

KEI-LI started producing at the age of 13, informed by his interest in beatboxing and funkstyles popping. After stumbling upon neo-soul, he immediately discovered his musical direction, with Musiq and D'Angelo as his inspirations. While these musical foundations shine brightly throughout GTA Funk, KEI-LI has managed to forge a sonic aesthetic that is entirely his own.

There is an evident struggle with finding an authentic place as an Asian artist within the continuum of funk, soul, and hip hop musical traditions. Hence, the visual branding behind GTA Funk is inspired by the intersection of these two cultures: Kung Fu and hip hop.

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releases April 21, 2017

Artwork by Kei-Li

Additional mastering and production by Maxx Mortimer and Jason Tan (Eastward Audio)

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With Darker Than Wax, the music has been reduced to its most concentrated form.
It’s pretty pure and simple really. It's basically a statement. A statement on the pervasiveness of black music and the influence it has had on countless genres.
A statement that it’s all about bringing it into the future.
A statement that music should have depth.
Expression and uninhibited creativity is the key.
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