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KEI-LI - Magnum Dragon ft. NAHTE | 'GTA FUNK' Ep out now

dean chew

Vinyl >> darkerthanwax.bandcamp.com/album/gta-funk
Stream/Buy >> DTW.lnk.to/GTAFunk

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, ANDES 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.

Artwork and Vid by KEI-LI

'NEW TIMES' Official Launch Party

dean chew

Amazing vibes at Cato, where we had a great turnout for the media launch and after party. The 'NEW TIMES' collaboration with G-Shock is perhaps one of our most significant projects to date, and solidifies the 5th year mark of our young imprint. Here's to that 2017 and beyond.

We Move.

Photography by Axel Serik and Funk Bast*rd

DTW RADIO HITS DASH

dean chew

New season, same quality sounds - we are extremely happy to announce that DTW radio will officially be broadcasting via the excellent Dash Radio. Co-founder Funk Bast*rd will be helming the 1st Fridays, while NYC-based selectors Marcoweibel & Dj Mawkus take control of the 3rd. The first show kicks off this Friday, 6th of Nov 7 - 9 pm PST so make sure you tune into the frequencies. All about the diversity in sounds.

#wemove