Toronto’s three-piece electronic outfit Keys ‘N Krates further established their place in today’s bass music scene with their six-item Every Nite EP, full of the signature blend of contemporary trap, hip hop, and future beats for which they’ve become famous.
As with the previously heard Are We Faded, most of the EP does its damage with low-rumbling bass payloads delivered via cannons fill-packed with non-lethal glitter shrapnel for tones that shimmer and shake the Earth simultaneously. Keyboardist David Matisse, drummer Adam Tune, and turntablist Jr. Flo (pictured above, from left to right) begin Every Nite strong with the already released Understand Why and follow up with Hypnotik, a one-two combo of some of the best work on the EP that exemplifies KnK’s penchant for teetering, hesitant drops made with big, heavy elements topped off with fine-minced vocals. Hypnotik flaunts the trio’s flair for creative instrumentation and sees them stray from their typical application of empty space with a near-constant flow of vocals and bass, which still, however, disappear long enough to be missed from time to time–especially when it comes time for a little harp action.
The bright vibes in the EP’s already popular lead tune, Are We Faded, are followed by… Yes We Faded. Surprised? YWF sinks into the ass groove left by its counterpart, burning slow into the couch to the sound of leisurely snare rolls and vocals confirming our disconnected mental state. That’s not all–half the track titles revolve around whether or not someone is high, so we’ll come back to this later.
Your Love rides an arpeggio-built future copter with Kendrick Lamar navigating over the radio as we drift into the atmospheric fit that fills the final minutes of the tune. Finally, since she knows she can’t get away with hiding it any longer, She’s So High ends the EP with a creative beat playing host to two short minutes of stuttery synth waves and more diced chipmunk voices.
While occasionally repetitive, Every Nite and its six demonstrations of the Keys ‘N Krates sound lifts the trio another few notches above their sea of competition with ease and earns them applause for largely preserving their originality as the futurebeats bandwagon continues to gain riders.
Pick it up here on Beatport via Dim Mak, check tour dates further down, and watch a priceless rendition of Are We Faded as filmed during a Toronto children’s dance recital below. Here’s what we know about the performance:
After hearing “Are We Faded” off Keys N Krates’ new Every Nite EP, a young fan in Toronto got her dance class to choreograph and perform a recital to the track. The video was then sent to the band, who passed it along to Dim Mak. Everyone agreed it should be shared with the world, so the public could view the music through her eyes. Here is the result.
Keys N Krates & Gladiator Every Nite Tour Dates
9/24 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
9/26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Theatre @ SoDo (Decibel Festival)
9/27 – COMING SOON
9/28 – Fairburn, GA – Tomorrowworld
9/30 – Whistler, BC – Garfinkles
10/1 – Revelstroke, BC – Treverse
10/3 – Edmonton, AB – Encore
10/4 – Sacramento, CA – Launch Festival
10/5 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
10/7 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center
10/8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/9 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/10 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/11 – Colorado Springs, CO – Rawkus
10/14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10/15 – Austin, TX – Empire
10/16 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
10/17 – Biloxi, MS – Kress Live
10/18 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
10/19 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
10/21 – Murfreesboro, TN – Tempt
10/22 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
10/23 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
10/24 – Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop
10/26 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
10/28 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
10/29 – COMING SOON
10/30 – Boston, MA – Middle East
10/31 – State College, PA – Levels
11/1 – COMING SOON
11/5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
11/6 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
11/7 – Washington DC w/ Zeds Dead – Echo Stage
11/8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Peabody’s
11/9 – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle