The Lytics The Velvet Underground, Toronto ON March 24

The Lytics The Velvet Underground, Toronto ON March 24
The Lytics' annual appearances at CMW are criminally under attended, probably due to their early hour. But that never stops the Winnipeg hip-hop crew from performing as if it were a packed house. Drawing inspiration from early '90s Native Tongues records -- A Tribe Called Quest's flow, the Pharcyde's sense of humour -- the Lytics dropped tracks from their 2009 self-titled EP and a bunch of new material. The quartet of MCs bounced rhymes back and forth, wowing the crowd with their lyrical dexterity, while the boom-bap beats of their EP gave way to dance, Afrobeat and even a '60s R&B feel for on their newer tracks, which see the group seriously expanding their scope. The Lytics have been sitting on a lot of these tunes for over a year, but hopefully they'll see release really soon.