19 May 2016

KAYTRANADA 99.9%


May 6th saw a fair few highly anticipated albums drop including Skepta's 'Konnichiwa' and James Blake's 'The Colour In Anything.' However, the one that has really stuck with me is KAYTRANADA's '99.9%'

Admittedly I'm a bit late to the KAYTRANADA party after only first hearing of him after he produced The Internet's track 'Girl' on their album 'Ego Death' back in 2015. Since then I've decided to look further into his production history and was chuffed to find he has worked with some of my favourite artists such as Vic Mensa, Katy B and Chance The Rapper (he produced 'All Night' on Chance's most recent project).

As for 99.9% there's a ton of big name features including Craig David, Syd The Kyd and Anderson .Paak. 'Leave Me Alone' was released back in 2014 with 'Drive Me Crazy' being released in 2015. The track features Vic Mensa over a trap influenced beat and finishes with a beautiful bridge with Vic repeating the words "drives me crazy" on the outro. 

The stand out track for me however is 'Glowed Up' featuring Anderson .Paak. This track was released as the fourth single and debuted on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show on April 7th. .Paak's reassuring voice really suits the mellow beat and the track perfectly compliments both artists' talents.

If you're lucky enough to be heading to Parklife in Manchester this year, he's definitely someone you should go and see!

I honestly can't recommend this album enough, check it out here
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11 May 2016

>> MUSIC FOR MAY <<



I thought I'd put together a little playlist for all of the music I'm listening to in May (Maylist perhaps?!)

Obviously one of the most talked about albums in recent months has been Konnichiwa by Skepta. A lot of people have said it's mainly a collection of singles that he's released over the last couple of years, but as a body of work the album really flows and was definitely worth the wait (especially the collaboration with Pharrell)

I'd have liked to have put a different track from Views on the playlist but Drake has kept the album exclusively on Apple, which seems to be a common trend with artists lately. I don't really like that but who am I to tell Drake how to conduct his business?! 

Genesis from Domo Genesis also released in March and it's an album I've been playing a lot. Although I am a huge Odd Future fan, it's nice to see everybody has taken their own creative direction. The album isn't the sound I was expecting but it was definitely a nice surprise and contains features from Anderson Paak, Tyler and Wiz Khalifa amongst others. 

Honorable shoutouts go to James Blake, DJ Shadow and Rejjie Snow who have all met high expectations with recent releases. I'm also chuffed to hear the new single from Red Hot Chilli Peppers who I'm hoping to catch at Reading Festival later this year. 
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