Grand Analog Tattoo Rock Parlour, Toronto ON June 13

Grand Analog Tattoo Rock Parlour, Toronto ON June 13
Easing into the festival's open night of music, local dub-hop outfit Grand Analog finally got down to business following a short delay with a bass-heavy mix of dirty breaks and reverb-rich audio goodness. Kicking things off with a drawn-out rundown of the Dead Prez classic "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop," the crew quickly slipped in behind the grinding guitars of the low-riding aesthetic of "Kazoo" before sliding into a sampling of notably more expansive unreleased fare from their new upcoming album. Nods to immortal rap anthems "Can I Kick It?" and Beastie Boys' "Root Down," along with frontman Odario Williams's comical request for a nipple twisting and the drummer's old-school dance moves, served as crowd-pleasing displays of the group's characteristic showmanship. Similarly, Williams's habit of re-running verses a cappella once the beat cut to ensure folks caught in the inescapable groove weren't missing out on his clever lyrical contributions added further depth to tight set, hardly done justice by its meager 30-minute time allotment.