Keys N Krates have released a new music video for their track “U Already Know”, one of the tracks from their recent release Midnite Mass. The trio have spent the last month touring behind the EP. Watch the video below.
After releasing their Midnite Mass EP on DIM MAK this January. Keys N Krates’ “Save Me (Feat Katy B)” has been nominated alongside releases from A-Trak, Kaytranada, Diplo & Sleepy Tom, and Autoerotique & Max Styler for the 2016 “Dance Recording of The Year” Juno Award. The ceremony takes place in Calgary from March 28th-April 3rd.
Keys N Krates spent the month of February touring North America and are playing a hometown show at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on March 25th. Stream the Midnite Mass EP below along with Keys N Krates’ video for “U Already Know” below.
While it may look that way on stage, nothing is ever simple with Keys N Krates. Not when everyone has an equally valid opinion, along with the willingness (no, the all-consuming need) to sit and scrutinize a hearty 808 hit or laser like synth line for hours on end.
It’s been this way since the very beginning, when Keys N Krates went from being a live hip-hop band reliant on rough acapellas and memory-jogging remixes to something much more complex – a tight-knit trio of producers/performers – Turntablist Jr Flo, Keyboard player David Matisse, drummer Adam Tune – who take rocking a party as seriously as a week spent in the studio. “We always trade roles from song to song,” explains Jr. Flo. “It’s not uncommon for Matisse to flip a sample, or for me to write a melody, or for Tune to chime in on the mixing of a track. It’s not the fastest way of working, but everyone has a say in everything.”
Which explains why their breakthrough singles (the elastic loops and diamond-edged drums of “Dum Dee Dum,” the head rush hooks of “Treat Me Right,” a frantic, D’n’B-flavored “Are We Faded”) are able to pull the strings of packed festival crowds without resorting to tired EDM tropes. Hip-hop, house and UK bass music all play a role in a Keys N Krates record, but so do the dark-tinged dynamics and widescreen ways of indie acts like Caribou and M83. “Seeing M83 live at the Osheaga festival changed our whole perception of how their music translates live,” says Jr. Flo. “The chord progressions are beautiful and catchy but never corny. It’s pop music at its best.”
“We wanted people to wonder where we got a lot of the sounds for this EP, the same way we have when listening to producers like Just Blaze and Timbaland. Those guys have always used source samples or sounds that leave you scratching your head. We love that simplicity; it’s like true Italian cooking, a few ingredients to make something so impactful…. Beats that leave you wondering ‘where the fuck did he get that sound from?”
03/25 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall