You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .
“I’m talkin’ ’bout sweet, sweet f’in love.” Alicia Keys teams up with Kaytranada for her newest single, “Sweet F-in Love.” Last year was an extremely busy year for Kay. Recently, he’s remixed tracks by the likes of TLC, LATRELLE, Chance the Rapper and Solange. His critically acclaimed album, 99.9%, is just a piece of what . . .
Montreal bred producer Kaytranada has been on one hell of a run as of late, centering around the success of his stellar 99.9% album. He decided to take a break from touring to drop two remixes, one of which is an amazing, floating remake of TLC‘s “Diggin On You.” In typical Kaytra fashion, this new . . .
After the success of their collaborations on The Healing Component, Mick Jenkins and KAYTRANADA are back together for a new groove called “Aurora Borealis.” The song title is actually the scientific term for the “Northern Lights.” These are two artists at the top of their respective niches, and the resulting composition is nothing short of . . .
Kaytranada digs a bit deeper into the vaults this time – 1982, to be exact – for a remix of hip-hop pioneering DJ Afrika Bambaata’s iconic single, “Planet Rock.” The South Bronx legend’s iconic melodies are updated with elements of Kaytra’s signature, funky sound. This remix will be featured on Apple Music’s forthcoming documentary on . . .
How do you add anything to such a beautiful song? Solange‘s “Cranes In The Sky” is a gorgeous, sad song that is more than powerful enough to stand on its own. Except, there’s always a plot twist. Kaytranada actually teased his version of the song last week at a show in New York City, and . . .
Any time we can get some breezy new vibes from Reva DeVito, it’s a good day. She’s worked with Kaytranada before on joints such as “Friday Night,” and they prove to be a good look on this joint as well. It’s hard to avoid getting into the dancefloor-ready vibes of this one, which was released . . .
After the critical acclaim surrounding his 99.9% album, which culminated in Kaytranada receiving the coveted Polaris Prize, the Montreal-based producer has decided to release a new mix called 0.001% mixtape. The mix, which is almost 90 minutes long, features new material, alongside a few previously heard gems. Stream 0.001% below, and download via SoundCloud.
The winner is… Kaytranada! The Polaris Prize is regarded as Canada’s highest honor in music, and this year, Kaytranada‘s 99.9% took home the honor. The Montreal producer beat out fellow shortlist members Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, White Lung and many others for the 2016 award. Every year, 10 albums spanning every genre fathomable are selected to the . . .
Wish I never did it… It’s been a while since we’ve heard GoldLink talk much, damn did he pull out all the stops on “Fall In Love.” GoldLink. Ciscero. Kaytranada. BADBADNOTGOOD. All working on one track. The upbeat, feel-good track finds GoldLink examining the pros, cons, and regrets of falling in love. The sound is unmistakably GoldLink . . .
Toronto-based quartet BADBADNOTGOOD has connected with Kaytranada for a swirling, groovy, jazz-influenced release called “Lavender” that serves as a single from their forthcoming IV album. As BADBADNOTGOOD explained to The Fader: “We made ‘Lavender’ amongst many other songs and samples with Kaytranada in our home studio, Studio 69. Kay started the idea as a beat . . .
I feel better than I ever have, you know? I’ve been sad my whole life, but fuck that. I know I have good things ahead. I don’t know honestly if I’m fully, 100 percent happy, but I’m starting to get there.”- Kaytranada (The Fader, 2016) A few days ago I turned 23, and I’ve never been . . .
Kaytranada brings his airy, synth-heavy brand of bounce to life once more with a timely remix of Rihanna‘s “Kiss It Better.” In regards to his creative process, the Canadian producer and instrumentalist told Zane Lowe, “it’s hard to explain, I just think about it, and then…boom.” Stream Kaytranada’s “Kiss It Better” remix below.
“I was 18, angry, and woke up everyday ready to die for wuteva. And now here I am at 23 years old. Shits wild.” GoldLink isn’t afraid to be blunt about the mindstate he used to be in, even as he celebrates his birthday with the release of “Celebration Freestyle.” This Kaytranada-produced cut is full . . .
Kaytranada‘s 99.9% album is one of the most popular releases of the moment right now, and it serves as a very solid debut. The Montreal-based producer’s latest video, “Lite Spots,” features him going on synchronized dancing-related adventures around Los Angeles with a robot that he built. Watch the video for “Lite Spots” below.