By Rena Niamh Smith
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Issue 454

Despite the digital art form, Bubba is brimming with old-fashioned musical ability. The second full-length release from Haitian-Canadian producer Louis Kevin Celestin has an ever-evolving sound of swung, syncopated rhythms, hip hop beats and woozy house grooves.

Kaytranada’s music is constructed drums-first with complex patterns in percussion that twist and turn, layering synths and vocals with intricate brushstrokes. Each track takes the listener in a totally new direction, from the beat-switching “10%” to 80s-inspired “Midsection” to sultry house number “What You Need”.

Kaytranada shot to fame when a remix of Janet Jackson’s “If” became a viral sensation, leading to a BBC Radio 1 residency, tours across Europe and North America and opening for Madonna’s 2015 tour. Yet in an era of shuffle culture, this is lovingly crafted to be savoured as an entire album; all killer no filler, you might say.

His blockbuster debut “99.9%” (he seems to like the poetry of parts of 100) won the Polaris Music Prize in 2016 and Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year.

This new album departs from his previous use of sampling onto newer ground, and makes for immersive, thought-provoking stuff, with guest slots from Tinashe, Kali Uchis, Estelle and Pharrell Williams.

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