The festival features eight different stages to cater to fans of rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, so regardless of one’s musical persuasion, this lineup features something for everyone.
A city with a vibrant music scene and appreciation of electronic music, Mexico City has become a hotspot for touring electronic artists in recent years. Returning for the 2019 iteration of the event, Mexico City’s Ceremonia Festival has announced an exceptional lineup including performances from Massive Attack, Aphex Twin, and more.
In addition to the exciting headliners, Ceremonia has brought an eclectic array of electronic and indie talent to their esteemed festival. Jon Hopkins, Kaytranada, DJ Koze, and Modeselektor will provide a day full of grooves, as rebellious Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot and the unbelievably funky Khruangbin will hold down the fort with live band performances. With acts crossover acts like Yaeji, Rosalía, Ambar Lucid, and serpentwithfeet rounding out the lineup, Ceremonia is bringing a variety of must-see talent to Mexico City this April.
Montreal’s Kaytranada releases a two-track EP, Nothin Like U / Chances, featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Shay Lia. Side A is a glittery R&B number, with Ty’s verses flowing down rivers of thumping 808s, lush keys, and glittering high notes for a blissful, buttery treat to the ears. “Chances” features sultry soul vocals from Shay Lia and brings a late-night disco atmosphere to the table. It’s hard not to feel transported back in time while listening. Finally, the lovesick instrumental cut “It Was Meant 2 B,” skips its way to the finish line, becoming infused with a slight sense of calming optimism toward the end. With precise percussion arrangements put forward by the esteemed producer, the EP also released instrumentals from the featured songs for fan’s laid-back listening pleasure.
The artist known for his live event performances and re-imagining artist styles through flips and remixes again shows Kaytranada’s careful caress of sounds and groves that make his mixes so precise. Nothin Like U / Chances succeeds the producer’s The ArtScience Remixes EP with Robert Glasper.
Kaytranada is an artist whose live performances are often just as strong as his recorded material. From a Boiler Room set that was as iconic as it was comedic, to his beloved festival sets, the Canadian beatmaker has proven his ability to throw together an impressive show. After performing in the headlining slot at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris earlier in November, Kaytranada’s set has been uploaded for fans to enjoy.
The show consists of a mixed bag of Kaytranada offerings. Spinning everything from classic 99.9% tracks and old school remixes to N.E.R.D. instrumentals and unreleased bootlegs, the audience receives a tour through Kaytranada’s extensive catalog. With an unreleased Kali Uchis collaboration and several unidentified tracks, there is something for every Kaytranada fan in this set.
Kaytranada is legendary in certain circles for his deft ability to bridge the gap between hip-hop and subtle electronic production, and this summer he has kept busy thanks to a consistent stream of releases. The Canadian producer has dropped off multiple collaborations in 2018, including “The Fool Pt. 3 (Frame of Mind)” as a contribution to fellow Canadian rhymer Shad’s upcoming album. The pairing have now released the music video for the collaboration, offering a two-frame perspective that’ll draw you in for multiple watches (and listens).
The video pans in on Shad’s rapping, framing his image with a black and white blurred split screen, showing the same moment through a contrasting lens. The video is an equally intriguing visual complement to Kaytranada’s somber R&B melody and Shad’s smooth, vocoded delivery. Coming through with another aced delivery, Kaytranada and Shad polish their slow burner collaboration with a well done video concept to match “The Fool Pt. 3 (Frame of Mind).”
Kaytranada just dropped his first new music since his remix of The Internet’s “Roll” went viral earlier this year. In fact, the Toronto producer has released four total original tracks, the first that he’s not been a featured producer or remixer on and called only his own in nearly two years.
The tracks are re-envisionings of sorts, a technique that Kaytranada has mastered and become known for. The first features soul queen Sade and her 1993 single “Kiss of Life,” ready made for a velvet, dimly lit lounge with its smooth groove. The second song in the batch features another hit from that year, from rap group A Tribe Called Quest. “The Night Is On My Mind” is of the same name but of more inspiration than recreation. Still as groovy as it gets, it features simple, but effective samples of the original.
The two final tracks have been released as seemingly what Kay has them saved on his computer, “KAYTRA2018 04 27” and “KAYTRA2018 03 19.” Apparently he’s been saving these laid back instrumentals since the spring of this year, and hearing them now serves as another reminder to why Kaytranada is one of the best in the game.
From the looks of his Instagram, Kaytranada is sitting on some new material. In fact, in a recent stint the funk-steeped Montreal-based producer shared a snippet of new music that’s he’s “obsessed” with, which leads us to believe he’s working in tandem with quite a bit of material.
After his spectacular debut album, 99.9%, was released in 2016, Kaytranada’s delivered a few singles out into the world, including the funk-filled “Roll (Burbank Funk)” Internet remix, though a full-length follow-up album has yet to be discussed.
Though the new video of probable music is short, it gives a good idea of the warm, jovial tunes he could be cooking up.
Summer’s coming, and if it’s anything like Kaytranada‘s latest remix, it’s going to be a hot one.
Off the heels of his dazzling collaboration with R&B/funk artist Robert Glasper for an ArtScience remixes EP, Kaytranda’s dropped off an official remix of The Internet’s “Roll (Burbank Funk),” which the group released last month. Expectedly, it’s an irresistible call to the dance floor.
Of course, remixing a track often proves a difficult task, but if anybody’s body of work were to speak to their mastery of the skill it would be Kaytranada. He’s brought us ample takes on artists all the way from Chance The Rapper to TLC. By sustaining the song’s integral element — its aqueous baseline — and substituting in sharp synths, Kaytranada’s proven himself as a master of funk — and master of all trades — as if it weren’t already crystal clear.
Grammy Award-winning pianist and producer Robert Glasper’s debut album ArtScience was a fine contemporary medley of R&B and funk. Now, two years after its release, the artist’s tapped the Montreal beat-maestro Kaytranada for a mellow reworking.
It should go without saying that Kaytranada adds a stroke of genius to the remixes, but it’s still an awe-inspiring rendition when its eight tracks are listened to in full.
The ArtScience Remixes will be released as a Record Store Day vinyl, exclusively on April 21. However, the smooth new EP, which features guest appearances from Don Cheadle, Talib Kweli, Alex Isley, and Iman Omari is available to listen to in its entirety now.
Now, Scott has released the follow up to 2017’s Emperor Nehru’s New Groove, a new LP, Elevators: Act I & II, that was co-produced by hip hop production icon MF Doom and cult favorite Kaytranada.
“This project is a collection of my feelings straight from my heart, all of my ideas were created specifically off of instinct and intuitive occurrences,” says Scott of the project. “This album is my answer to the question, ‘What would you say your music sound like?’ My answer to that would be ‘Grammy Rap.’ There’s ‘Mumble Rap’ and then there’s ‘Grammy Rap.’ With this project I was largely influenced by music theory and Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. This is my attempt at a ‘rap’ Pet Sounds.”
Elevators: Act I & II is sure to help Bishop Nehru build upon his already proven track record of musical successes.