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Premiere: Cartel Madras and GWS Crew Up to ‘Cease Up All Evening’

Tamil, Malayalam and English blend collectively from the Canadian duo and Los Angeles-based mostly completely completely artist over beats by Bengaluru producer Dan Pearson


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Anurag Tagat
Sep 25, 2020





Indo-Canadian duo Cartel Madras’ Contra and Eboshi with Los Angeles-based mostly completely completely hip-hop artist GWS (from left). Images: Courtesy of the artists

Shot between Los Angeles, Toronto and Calgary, sibling duo Cartel Madras and Kerala-born artist GWS aka Glen Koshy George elevate South Indian diaspora tune culture to a contemporary degree with “Cease Up All Evening.”

Released on Vancouver sign Snakes x Ladders and also marking the starting up of Cartel Madras’ media home THOTNATION, “Cease Up All Evening” follows Eboshi and Contra’s old single “Working,” which showcased a wavy, home beat production to laidback rap verses. The duo deliver that the alternate in direction from the gritty, laborious-hitting entice vitality of their 2019 list Age of the Goonda is reflective of “emotional and mental temperament of the situations” that the globe resides amidst. They add, “There’s so valuable left to unpack about Cartel Madras and we desired to originate exploring those varied tales and varied sounds just appropriate as 2020 began.”

Cartel Madras, who bear previously worked with Kerala beatsmith Parimal Shais, chanced upon GWS as they dived further into exploring India’s hip-hop culture. “He became in a song with [Malayalam rapper] ThirumaLi called ‘Kottayam Duke’ [2019] and it became lawful so contemporary and innovative. First-class production, lit songwriting, we form of knew just appropriate away that GWS became going to develop into something extensive,” the duo adds. 

The contemporary song is produced by Bengaluru-based mostly completely completely Dan Pearson, who has previously worked with GWS, a Malayalam-English artist currently in Los Angeles. GWS says, “For this collab specifically, all we needed to form became be particular that the beat became something cartel might perchance perchance form their magic on. Dan and I cooked up a rapid demo and sent it to cartel, they hopped on it correct away and it lawful took off.”

While GWS is working on two albums at the 2d, Cartel Madras had a couple of excursions canceled owing to the coronavirus pandemic. They’re tranquil no longer ones to let their energies flag, then but again. The duo says about 2021, “Ideally, the enviornment has something of a better grip on this mindfuck of an epidemic and we are going to reschedule in India for our tour there, scurry on tour with [experimental hip-hop artist] CLIPPING in the States and proceed in the direction of entire world domination.” 

Glance the video for “Cease Up All Evening” below. Scuttle right here.

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