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Toronto’s Keys N Krates Remix Right Before Your Eyes

Toronto’s Keys N Krates Remix Right Before Your Eyes

By Halley Bondy
February 23, 2012

It’s hard to find the club hip hop drops that make you say “daaaamn” these days, but in Toronto, an ever-burgeoning trio known as Keys N Krates giveth, and not even Canadian frostbite can taketh away. (Seriously, it’s like summer up there right now.)

Their debut EP Blackout is a deliciously nasty treat in sampling and gritty electro hip hop, that sometimes borders on dubstep. Ripping everything from Ann Peebles to Donna Summer to the Jay-Z-immortalized classic “Lucifer Son Of the Morning,” their tracks aim highbrow, and drop hard.

After hearing Blackout (available on their site), it almost seems an afterthought that Keys N Krates do most of their remixing and sampling live, using actual drumsets, keys, and showman turntablism. This dynamic method was recently applied to professional buzzmakers The Weeknd, in a remix of the track “Next.” Aaliyah and Drake have also been subject to the Keys treatment.

The trio is on a North American tour as we speak, hitting up the Ultra Music Festival in Miami on March 23d; the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit on May 26th; and Wakarusa in Arkansas on May 31.

Hear their brand new remix for Miiike Snow’s “Devil’s Work.”

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