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Elaquent: Celebrate Life!

The prolific producer/beatmaker is internationally recognised for his inventive brand of instrumental hip-hop. This title cut from an imminent EP has a gently mesmerising and positive vibe befitting its title.

Elaquent: Celebrate Life!

By Kerry Doole

Elaquent - "Celebrate Life!" (Urbnet): The field of instrumental hip-hop is not a densely populated one, but Toronto producer/beatsmaster Elaquent (real name Sona Elango) is recognised internationally as one of its leading lights.


This new single shows why this is the case. It is a vibrant track that possesses an upbeat and feel-good vibe ideally suited to its optimistic title. It has a gently loping feel, with layered keyboards washing over a minimal beat, and then it gradually builds in scope into a gently atmospheric soundscape.

In a label press release, Elaquent explains that "Life sucks sometimes. With all the depressing things that happen throughout the world, to people you know, to yourself even, it’s important to take a moment and appreciate the beautiful things the world has to offer, to prevent from going crazy. Stay positive, celebrate life." Given the nihilism and decadence of the lyrics in so much contemporary hip-hop, such a positive outlook is highly refreshing.

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A six-track EP of the same name will be released on March 2, the follow-up to 2016's well-received full-length, Worst Case Scenario. The EP features collaborations with notable producers K, Le Maestro and Dibiase, and will be made available via digital, CD, cassette, and vinyl.

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