Kaytranada is known for providing bumping instrumentals that suit honey-voiced R&B singers and Alicia Keys has recently been making her best music in many a year (‘In Common’).

Together, the pair collaborated on ‘Sweet F’in Love’, a track shared by Keys’ husband Swizz Beats on his Soundcloud via Instagram last night.

Posted on January 10th, 2017

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Kaytranada was announced as the winner of the 2016 Polaris Music Prize last night.

The Canadian album of the year was awarded to his debut album 99.9%, by a jury of music industry. He was awarded $50,000 too.

Kay won out over albums from Jessy Lanza, Carly Rae Jepsen, Basia Bulat, Grimes and White Lung.

Watch the full ceremony below and give 99.9% a deserved bump.

Posted on September 20th, 2016

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Among the many worthy albums released last Friday was Kaytranada’s long-awaited 99.9% debut album on XL.

On the LP, ‘Lite Spots’ is a summer jam, reminiscent of Cut Chemist at the peak of his powers of sample-alchemy, complete with Kaytranada’s trademark beat bumps.

The super fun video directed by Martin C. Pariseau, pairs Kay up with a robot to which himself and a cast of humans teach some sweet dance moves to. That is, until the bot gets intimidated by some particular complex moves.

Posted on May 10th, 2016

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Kaytranada has linked up with man of the moment Anderson Paak on a new track from his forthcoming debut album 99.9%.

Paak is having some year. From his album of 2016 contender to vocal contributions to tracks from Snakehips, TokiMonsta and NxWorries, he’s killing it.

His smoked tones are perfectly suited to Kaytranada’s bumping productions as you can hear on ‘Glowed Up’, a return for Kay’s production work on ‘Lite Weight’. 99.9% is out on XL on May 6th and features Craig David, Karriem Riggins, Alunageorge, Goldlink, Vic Mensa, Syd and Little Dragon.

The Fader interview with Kay a good read, with him talking about the thought process around coming out as gay and how it was/is affecting his life.

KAYTRANADA – 99.9% Track list

1. Track Uno
2. Bus Ride (feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber)
3. Got It Good (feat. Craig David)
4. Together (feat. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
5. Drive Me Crazy (feat. Vic Mensa)
6. Weight Off (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
7. One Too Many (feat. Phonte)
8. Despite The Weather
9. Glowed Up (feat. Anderson .Paak)
10. Breakdance Lesson N.1.
11. You’re The One (feat. Syd)
12. Vivid Dreams (feat. River Tiber)
13. Lite Spots
14. Leave Me Alone (feat. Shay Lia)
15. Bullets (feat. Little Dragon)

Posted on April 8th, 2016

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Katy B has a new album called Honey coming described as “a love letter to Katy’s natural home – the global club underground.”

This is who is on it:

1. Katy B x KAYTRANADA — Honey
2. Katy B x Major Lazer x Craig David — Who Am I
3. Katy B x Wilkinson x Stamina MC — So Far Away
4. Katy B x Sasha Keable x JD. Reid — Chase Me
5. Katy B x The HeavyTrackerz x J Hus x D Double E — Lose Your Head
6. Katy B x Chris Lorenzo — I Wanna Be
7. Katy B x Four Tet x Floating Points — Calm Down
8. Katy B x Mr. Mitch — Heavy
9. KDA ft Katy B – Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)
10. Katy B x Jamie Jones x Kate Simko — Dark Delirium
11. Katy B x MssingNo x Geeneus — Water Rising
12. Katy B x Hannah Wants — Dreamers
13. Katy B x Novelist x Geeneus— Honey (Outro)

That’s a lot of guests. We’ve already heard ‘Calm Down’, her collab with Four Tet and Floating Points:

Today Katy revealed the opening track produced by Kaytranada:

Honey is out April 29th via Rinse/Virgin EMI.

Katy B will be a hosting a special Honey launch party at XOYO on Friday with Bok Bok, Ms Dynamite, Josey Rebelle, Spoony, Mr.Mitch, JD. Reid, The Heavytrackerz, Hannah Wants and Yasmin. She then headlines Brixton Academy on May 14th.

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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Odd Future affiliated group The Internet, Syd Bennett, Mat Martians and band are back with a new album called Ego Death on June 30th and it sounds like the start of something clean, focused and real from them.

Ego Death will feature guests like Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Kaytranada, Tyler, The Creator and more. ‘Special Affair’ has a low-slung Badu R&B vibe to it.

More info on the album

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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Towkio has dropped his free-download WAV. Theory mixtape which is a solid collection of electronic-infused rap with great guests like Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada, Vic Mensa and FKJ, some of which are childhood friends of his.

Standouts include the club disco-inflected ‘Involved’, the Chance The Rapper uplifting closing track ‘Heaven Only Knows’ and the bumping ‘Reflection’. It’s all high-quality though.

Chance The Rapper’s Surf album is due to drop in the next few days.

Posted on April 30th, 2015

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The Canadian producer’s debut XL single ‘Leave Me Alone’ last year was one of the best tracks around, a tune that endlessly kicked itself around my skull since it appeared last August.

Now, Kaytranada with a rising guest in tow, Vic Mensa (him of the Disclosure production ‘Down On My Luck’) has joined him once again for ‘Drive Me Crazy’, a minimal cut with an icy beat and big bass notes.

The song is out now.

Oh yeah, Kaytranada is playing Longitude.

Posted on January 27th, 2015

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