Kaytranada: Bubba (Vinyl 2xLP)
Kaytranada: Bubba (Vinyl 2xLP)

Kaytranada: Bubba (Vinyl 2xLP)

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Louis Kevin Celestin is back with a follow-up to his 2016, Polaris prize-winning 99.9%. In the years since, we've seen his production ā€“ which plunders both his Haitian roots and the hip-hop and R&B obsessions of his youth ā€“ influence many a colours - courting pop and R&B artist. And for any producer who finds themselves surrounded by a sound they helped author, the temptation might be to find a new niche. Thankfully, Celestin has resisted, and instead gifted us a record which build on its predecessor's legacy, albeit directed a little more consciously at the dancefloor.

As with 99.9%, gleeful diversity abounds: no sooner have you greeted the bouncing bongos ofĀ Do it, andĀ 2 The MusicĀ shimmies on it, a slice of confident disco-funk awash of synth strings and Iman Omari's vocoder magic. Then we have the dons SiR and Mick Jenkins going back-to-back: SiR onĀ Go DJ, a house party anthem with an extremely silly but terribly infectious hook ("The blunt still burnin', the clock still turnin', The waist keep windin' while her ass keep twerkin'..."), and Jenkins onĀ Gray Area, which, with its ping-pong percussion and chest-cavity kicks, fronts like the soundtrack to the club of your dreams.

In mixing and melody, Bubba is closer to house than anything else, and Kay tends to puts bass front and centre. His arrangements, consequently, are just so economical. InĀ 10%, there are rarely more than three instruments in the ensemble ā€“ a pristine break, Kali Ulchis's angelic vocals and that bassline. But with the barest injection of keys, Kay manages to craft a track far beyond the sum of its parts. Elsewhere, the sparkling dancehall ofĀ Need ItĀ transcends with one uncomplicated loop, a pretty, popcorn synth and a show-stealing topline from Masego. Throughout, Kay's strength is doing so much with so little.Ā (Kitty Richardson, The Line of Best Fit).

  1. Do It
  2. 2 The Music Featuring ā€“ Iman Omari
  3. Go DJ Featuring ā€“ SiR
  4. Gray Area Featuring ā€“ Mick Jenkins
  5. Puff Lah
  6. 10% Featuring ā€“ Kali Uchis
  7. Need It Featuring ā€“ Masego
  8. Taste Featuring ā€“ VanJess
  9. Oh No Featuring ā€“ Estelle
  10. What You Need Featuring ā€“ Charlotte Day Wilson
  11. Vex Oh Featuring ā€“ Ari PenSmith, Eight9FLY, GoldLink
  12. Scared To Death
  13. Freefall Featuring ā€“ Durand Bernarr
  14. Culture Featuring ā€“ Teedra Moses
  15. The Worst In Me Featuring ā€“ Tinashe
  16. September 21
  17. Midsection

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