When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
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.
In the two years since the great Montreal dance producer Kaytranada released his deeply promising debut album 99.9%, he’s been in collaboration mode. He’s worked with artists like Buddy and Cassie, and he’s played festival stages around the world. He has not, however, released too much of his own … More »
Twenty-five years after its release, hindsight reveals one now-dated aspect of Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Volume 1: The front cover refers to its fusion of hip-hop and jazz as “experimental.” In 1993, the legendary MC was between two classic Gang Starr albums — 1992’s Daily Operation and 1994’s Hard To Earn, both of which were relatively slept-on … More »
About six months ago, a Tribe Called Quest played what they’re calling their last show ever. After the passing of the beloved group member Phife Dawg, they’d managed to put together their staggeringly great reunion album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service and played a series of moving … More »