Last week we saw a lot of new music, including Skepta's long anticipated album Konnichiwa and James Blake's sporadic The Colour in Anything, but nothing blew us away quite like KAYTRANDA's debut studio album 99.9%.
Kay first made his name as a Soundcloud standout and dance DJ, but he has the mentality of a music-archaeologist, digging past yesterday’s obvious pop gems to unearth the overlooked. In its sonic diversity, his album is reminiscent of Madlib’s crate-digging dynamism, but unlike a lot of instrumental hip-hop (or the house artists he’s sometimes grouped with), Kay’s beats are not at all rigid or predictable. His drums are configured strangely, bending, shifting, doubling back. With those rhythms, and his own custom-made synths, the 23-year-old shows himself to be a strong-willed studio auteur on a mix of instrumental and lyric-based tracks.
Even his videos are top quality, check out LITE SPOTS taken from his album.