Live hip-hop act-turned-future bass rockstars Keys N Krates released their debut studio album Cura via Dim Mak Records (meaning “Cure” in Spanish), and oh boy! It’s good. Sónar Hong Kong, Ultra and Electric Forest are a few key stops on Keys N Krates’ present multinational ‘Cura Tour.’
The band told Billboard, “We wanted the framework and constrictions of this vibe to allow us to float between being able to make slowed down disco records, trippy, weird, folky rap records, quirky instrumental “trap” records, boom bap sounding records, and even soundtrack records; and have that all make sense together!”
Six tracks deep, “Flute Loop” (feat. Ouici) hit me like a ton of bricks. Turntablist Jr. Flo’s mate captured his daughter uttering “Ummm, I like to play the flute” on an iPhone, straightaway becoming the song’s hook and sampled all throughout Cura. Keys N Krates’ decelerated disco groove, “Glitter” (feat. Ambré Perkins), spotlights syncopated electric bass lines and 101 BPM making the Studio 54 generation proud. Adam Tune, David Matisse and Greg Dawson (Keys N Krates) and 19-year-old lyricist 070 Shake channeled their inner Rae Sremmurd on “My Night.” Its dazed and confused synthpop swag echoes Mike WiLL Made-It produced chart-topper “Look Alive.”
Always bellwethers, Adam Tune, David Matisse and Greg Dawson (Keys N Krates) brought home the Canadian bacon at The 2016 JUNO Awards; their single “Save Me (feat. Katy B)” earned them Dance Recording of The Year, an honor only shared with dance music’s elite: Armin van Buuren, deadmau5 and Martin Solveig.