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.”