The mark of a truly wonderful album is it's ability to make you stop whatever you're doing and just sit down and listen. This happened to us on literally every single track on Kaytranada's debut album 99.9%, released May 6th on XL Recordings. Flawlessly transcending genres and flitting through future classics of house, R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop, this is one of the strongest studio debuts we've heard from an up-and-comer in a long time.
That's not to say Kaytranada is a totally fresh face. Having been around the scene for a few years now behind his impressive remix work for the likes of Janet Jackson, Disclosure, Erykah Badu, and even touring briefly with Madonna, Kaytranada has been putting in the work. His obvious passion and heart is never more prevalent than on this collection of new originals.
Starting things off with the funky fresh cut "TRACK UNO" it's a fitting cross-section of what's to come on the album; beats to nod your head to with a serious flavor of house music infused with classic R&B and funk samples throughout. All of this is done within the scope of real instrumentation that isn't quantized and sterilized to death, and actually has real heart and soul - something that is sorely missed in so much of today's electronic music. Maybe it has something to do with his beautiful Fader interview where he bared his soul to the world that's making me feel so receptive to his music, but whatever it is it's working so well.
Between the stellar collaboration choices (AlunaGeorge, Vic Mensa, BADBADNOTGOOD, the list goes on as a who's-who of tastemakers) and the near-frenetic pace which he plows through these tracks, you'll be left wishing this album just went on and on forever and never actually came to an end. Hopefully because he's so young and in such high-demand, we'll be seeing even more from him for a long time to come so one day we can just listen to his music forever and ever and ever.
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