Serving as the first official single of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Qi, "Grand Design" marries the structural tones of both hip hop and r&b/soul/jazz to create something with more substance than your average instrumental. Any maybe that's just it; Decap and Brady Watt aren't out to make killer instrumentals (although that's certainly accomplished). They're out in search of something more than that, challenging every listener to connect with the subtleties in their production – the layering of harmonies using instrumentation that one wouldn't normally meld together, for example. It's the production duo's genius.
The both of them are industry vets, serving as longtime collaborators since their days growing up in New Hampshire together. They've worked with both new and well-established acts.
Decap is a sonic guru responsible for tons of critically praised projects throughout the years, most recently with his instrumental album Omni Love, which received a lot of internet buzz. Before that, he took a whopping 3 years off from music to pursue spiritual enlightenment through meditation – something he says was necessary in his life at the time.
Brady is (most notably) a bass guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist renowned in the NYC music scene. He has played and written music on countless records since his early production days alongside mentor and frequent collaborator Ski Beatz. Known for performing live/recording/producing with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, Jay Electronica, Ryan Leslie, Olamide Faison, Gary Bartz, and many others, their connections have solidified them as go-to industry producers behind the scenes.
Together, Decap and Brady Watt (and a who's who of top musicians in the New York scene) have come together to make completely next-level, heightened, enlightened music on this project. Check out the track below and be on the lookout for Qi on April 14th.