“GRAN.D” leaks out of Leaving Records like a lost lamb, epileptic and anchorless, confident only its awkward, post-digital swagger. So-Californian Alex Gray tucks the track neatly into his latest under his D/P/I (DJ Purple Image) moniker 08.DD.13.
We hear the opening in flashes. Somewhere in there, a song does lurk – but it won’t be handed over easily. Ears ring with the possibility. We want the song to happen. But we signed up for the experience. Gray takes us away from every other easy payout (even those heavy, blunted beats featured on previous mixtape FRESH ROSES are mostly absent).
D/P/I rides the crest of a sensual tension right on top of the stuttering beat that dominates most of the track. He wants us to join him, so he makes it relatable. Low voices murmur, breathing heavily between kick slips. There are humans present. And Gray’s love of collaboration hammers this point of accessibility home. So get in on it, already.