It brings me an ample amount of joy to make the following statement; 2018 is the best year dance music has had in a long time. Since the EDM bubble blew up in the late 2000s and the commercial and mainstream takeover we’ve seen in the 2010s, there has been a noticeable decline in the
After what seems like an eternity to fans, Canadian trio Keys N Krates — drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse, and turntablist Jr. Flo — released one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Titled Cura, the skillfully crafted collection has captivated fans from all over the world for its unique, otherworldly style and original cultivation of sounds.
The lead track on the LP, “Início,” is a glowing fury of intoxicating synths, mellow chops of intriguing vocal samples, and harmonic waves of bass. The piece features edgy beats and uplifting progressions.
Flo: I think it was about pivoting our music into a direction that we were all personally psyched about. Doing it in the form of an album or collection of music really felt right cause it allowed us to put all the different records in a broader context of our overall vibe which can be soundtrack-y, soulful, sample based (or sounding), and dramatic. It really feels like a bit of mission statement but also a new launch point for us.
“Glitter” is an infectious medley of groovy bass infused with compelling vocals by Ambrè Perkins and pretty flowing melodies. As this piece vastly strays from the typical sound of contemporary dance music, Keys N Krates illuminates their perspective on the scene as a whole, and how they move about in the realm where they do not fit the typical mold.
Tune: I think we learned that we just aren’t that passionate about a lot of the big EDM records happening right now, and that we are cool with distancing ourselves from all that. We always find ourselves personally gravitating to the musical, soulful and imaginative electronic stuff like Mura Masa, Kaytranada, Cashmere Cat, or stuff coming off the DirtyBird label, to a lot of rap music (both current and classic), and also to a lot of soul and soundtrack music from the 70’s like Isaac Hayes, or even jazz stuff like Dorothy Ashby. I think we were trying to take all the things we love and combine them with the skills we’ve learned to make a body of work that we felt stood a part from everything else; especially the big EDM stuff.
Another highlight of the album, “Something Wonderful,” is a testament to the trio’s production strength and eclectic technical ability. “Something Wonderful” is a statement piece, and the work of art can stand alone, yet fits in with audio aesthetic of the whole.
Matisse: I think for Tune and Greg it was about a cohesive sound. One of the things I was adamant about is that there was no fat on the album. That every song or track was interesting and could stand as interesting on it’s own, even if it was just a more instrumental song.
“Harpes At Night” showcases the evolution of sound that Keys N Krates has effortlessly mastered. With calming undertones contrasted with breezy notes and an absence of percussion, the trio has come full circle with their forward-thinking sound.
Flo: Probably just that we are growing and maturing and we are trying to start making stuff that we can all listen to years down the line hopefully.
Needless to say, with the birth of their first studio album, Keys N Krates has mastered their own signature innovative sound, and has set the bar high for what’s to come in the next chapter of their musical endeavors.
Tune: More music, more shows, and to just keep making everything better and better. We are just here to get better.
It’s Friday, February 2nd and that can only mean one thing… New Music Friday has arrived. This week, we have been gifted a handful of new singles, EPs, remix EPs, and full-length albums, all of the new music this week is overwhelming to say the least. With 182 new songs on this week’s playlist, you’ll
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Today, Keys N Krates have finally released their long awaited debut album ‘Cura’. ‘Cura’ is out now via Dim Mak Records and is some of the strongest work yet from Keys N Krates. On their debut album Keys N Krates effortlessly elevate modern electronic music by building upon their bass-centric, sample-driven sound to curate a nostalgia-inducing
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It is with great pleasure that we present a 15-track playlist from one of the Titan’s of EDM, Tujamo. When we recieved the playlist we knew this would be chalk full of certified bangers. The best part, there are some tracks in here you probably haven’t heard before. Looking back on life as an Electronic
In anticipation of their debut album, Cura, Keys N Krates have released “My Night,” their latest loftily layered hip hop track, featuring 070 Shake. Set for release February 2 via Dim Mak Records, the album will accompany the trio’s European leg of their world tour, with stops in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Netherlands – to name a few.
070 Shake’s impassioned, undulating vocals, a hybrid of singing and rap, cast a mournful haze over the bouncy beat ricocheting through “My Night.” The track certainly offers a trace of enigma compared to the forthcoming album’s upbeat first sample, “Glitter,” featuring Ambré Perkins.
Through warm chords and harmonious vocal samples, the group fuses a nostalgia-inducing track, and the groovy vibes make “Do What U Do” the perfect chill out song.
This is Keys N Krates’ third release off of their debut album Cura, set for release later this year on Dim Mak. Cura will be supported by an extensive headlining tour, with the North American leg kicking off on January 24th in Buffalo, NY and running through the spring.
Dim Mak’s fashion label made its New York Fashion Week debut in February. The brand showcased a series of looks in its high-end men’s streetwear line, in what would exemplify Dim Mak’s versatility. Just as the models sporting the carefully styled ensembles reconvene on the runway together at a fashion show’s end for one final, exhibitory strut, the Steve Aoki-spearheaded label performs a similar move in its Greatest Hits 2017 compilation, collecting 23 standout tracks for one final stride across 2017’s musical ‘runway.’
Tailored with genre diversity in mind, the sonic design of “Greatest Hits 2017” spans a myriad of different sounds, ranging from mellow future bass bops to high energy trap slammers. Boasting releases from label heavyweights Keys N Krates, BROHUG, Laidback Luke, Henry Fong, and more, “Greatest Hits 2017” is a dynamic reflection of Dim Mak’s 2017 movement.
Dim Mak Greatest Hits 2017: Originals Tracklist
1. Prince Fox “Just Call (feat. Bella Thorne)”
2. Sam F “Limitless (feat. Sophie Rose)”
3. Keys N Krates & KRANE “Right Here”
4. QUIX “Riot Call (feat. Nevve)”
5. BROHUG “Droppers”
6. Borgeous & MORTEN “Hold Up”
7. MAKJ & Max Styler “Knock Me Down (feat. Elayna Boynton)”
8. Laidback Luke & Made In June “Paradise (feat. Bright Lights)”
9. Garmiani “Shine Good (feat. Julimar Santos)”
10. Rain Man & MAX “Do You Still Feel?”
11. KRANE “Nobody But You”
12. Boehm “Outside of the Lines (feat. Laurell)”
13. Viceroy “Improvise (feat.Tom Aspaul)”
14. Not Your Dope “Indestructible (feat. MAX)”
15. Dirtyphonics “Boombox”
16. Riot Ten “Rail Breaker (feat. Rico Act)”
17. Paris Blohm “When The Lights Go Out (feat. LINNEY)”
18. Marnik & Miami Blue “Matador (feat. Marano)”
19. Matroda “BO$$”
20. Henry Fong “Young Hearts (feat. Nyla & Stylo G)”
21. Noise Cans “Standing (feat. ASTR)”
22. Stooki Sound “Burbs (feat. Bok Nero)”
23. Max Styler “Secrets (feat. CXLOE)”
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Canadian trio, Keys N Krates, has dropped off a chill new trap cut in honor of Canada’s Boxing Day. Keys N Krates’ new album Cura is slated to arrive next year, and the trio turned to the holiday to release an infectious new “Flute Loop” track.
“Flute Loop” is a compelling arrangement of Keys N Krate’s earworm-inducing capabilities. With an even chiller melody than the beloved, lighter KNK tracks — ones like “Glitter,” or “Dum Dee Dum” — the three imbue electrifying hi-hats and snake a vibrant vocal sample underneath. “Flute Loop” is thus a melody that deserves to be thrown on in rotation.