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Kaytranada

Manufacturer Kaytranada arrived through the early 2010s with ear-perking remixes and a range of noises that veered from J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats to woozy home grooves. Blessed Louis Kevin Celestin in Haiti, the Montreal-raised musician, a voracious listener, got addicted to DJ’ing and creation during his early teenager years. In early stages, as Kaytradamus, he released some digital EPs, albums, and remix compilations. Around 2013, he begun to operate as Kaytranada using the EP Todo and three-track 10″ IN ANY WAY. In 2014, he remixed Disclosure’s “January,” created “My Stop” for personal heroes Mobb Deep, and produced his XL label debut that August with “Keep Me By itself,” a cooperation with vocalist and fellow Montreal indigenous Shay Lia. Through the next 2 yrs, Kaytranada’s profile progressively rose with extra XL materials (“Drive Me Crazy,” offering Vic Mensa) and outside productions highlighted by “Gal” (in the Internet’s Grammy-nominated Ego Loss of life), “Lite Fat” (Anderson Paak), “Appreciate” (Rome Lot of money), and “Honey” (Katy B). 99.9%, his proper debut album, premiered in 2016 with guest appearances from Phonte, Small Dragon, and some of his prior collaborators. It gained that year’s Polaris Music Award.

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