Obscurley (adverb) is defined as in a way that is difficult or impossible to understand, explain, or identify or in a deliberately enigmatic manner. The group combines Washington-State native, Tyler McGrath’s grunge-influenced lead guitar solos with African-born singer and guitarist, Clint Warren’s West African Kaiso-inspired highly rhythmic beats. The two are complemented by Michigan rapper Sultry Samurai’s harmonic vocals. Prior to Obscurley, the two singers Warren and Samurai were part of a South-Florida-based electro-pop duo called Stellar Icaria, influenced by a wide range of genres including Mento, a style of Caribbean music that influenced ska, reggae, and rocksteady today. The two have incorporated the songs by Stellar Icaria adding McGrath’s Pacific-Northwest twist. In keeping up with the rhythmic section, the group employed Northwestern-born master time-keeper Andy LaFlamme who studied under John Foss, the trumpeter from The Beach Boys.
The group is currently the Number 1 rated Ska act in Oregon according to ReverbNation and has received two acclaims from the Grammy Awards. The MusiCares Foundation awarded the group with a recording sponsorship in 2020 the group was a semi-finalist for the 2021 Opening Act Contest.
Since the Group’s first studio release with Innerstate, they have collaborated with artists like Backman, Dominic DeLaney, Andii Styron, and Angelic Noise. Backman’s single “Way Home,” is a cover of a yet-to-be-released song by Obscurley and has already made the top 100 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The fourth song on their album entitled Jacué is set to be the Theme song for an adult animated science fiction sitcom entitled “Off Leashed,” set to air in the Summer of 2022.
Ben Crandell from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel described the act as, “One of the coolest upcoming hip-hop artists with an old-school feel we’ve heard since Eminem.”
The group recently signed with Universal Music Group for an acoustic cover of the song “Purple Haze,” set to be released in 2022.