Monday, 4 March 2013

[Review] Kaytranada - Kaytra Todo EP


"Kaytranada is known for his hip-hop infused experimental beats, which makes his tracks a little rougher and a little harder"
 If you're a Hip-Hop lover who grew up listening to the classic roots sounds from the likes of Dilla, Premier and Pete Rock the chances are you're going to love the forward thinking sounds of 20 year old Kevin Celestin. 

This experimentalist, Montreal based beatmaker known as Kaytranada has been consistantly smashing the Remix circuit via his Soundcloud page throughout 2012, with refixes of personal favourites from the likes of Teedra Moses and Janet Jackson his style is spliced and bass heavy and quite frankly, we just cant get enough of it.

Fast forward three months into 2013 and Kaytra has wasted no time in stepping out of the lab and blessing us with his first major EP titled 'Kaytra Todo'. Incase you were wondering what the whole Kaytra thing means his LA Based label HW&W have explicated that
"ITS THE CONTRARY OF KAYTRA NADA. KAYTRA NOTHING TO KAYTRA EVERYTHING. THAT WHAT KAYTRA TODO MEANS. AYE.”
 So now we're all clear on that, there are a few key points which should be highlighted about 'Kaytra Todo'. First off for fans of the likes of TNGHT, Ta-Ku & the older material from Flying Lotus this is exactly up your street. 8 tracks of infectious invention that fuses elements of Jazz, Trap and Electronic styles together for a genuinely diverse collection of material that can still proudly categorise itself as modern day textua Hip Hop.

Starting things off with the anthemtic club banger 'Killa Cats', Kaytra wastes no time in displaying his ability to create Trap-peddled beats that producer's like Lunice & Araabmuzik have been taking the plaudits for over the past few years. Tracks like 'Dont Get It Confused', 'An Excuse' and the particularly wonderful 'Hole Hole Ina Donut' follow in the same veign of heavy synths and crushing bass drops yet its the slowed dance, Timbaland-esque sound of 'All We Do' featuring JMSN that shows what his beats are capable of becoming with vocals alongside. 

The funkier, old skool bindings that are evident on 'Hot Jazzybelle' & 'Demonlitions' give off obvious similarities to the Flying Lotus' and Mr Scruff's of the experimental world and will surely leave a smile on your face. With this compliation largely free of collaboration it's easy to identify Kaytranada and give him his props for being bold with it. Merging post-dubstep elements with Trap & Hip-Hop makes it harder to define his style exactly, but what we do know is this guy is highly individual and will give your soundsystem a serious work out. Dont hesitate, go cop this EP with immediate effect.
 

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