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Kaytranada: ‘I prefer a house party vibe. Just the local place to have fun’

Delivered... Phiona Okumu | Scene | Thu 5 May 2016 4:49 pm
The top-flight remixer is in constant demand as a DJ. But it’s his first LP, featuring Vic Mensa, Syd tha Kyd and Anderson Paak that could make him a star in his own right. Not that he sounds thrilled about it...

You wouldn’t call Kaytranada an expert salesman of his music. “To be honest, I don’t know,” he says when asked about his hopes for his debut album, 99.9%. “I really hope people create memories and have good times with it. But if they don’t like it, it’s whatever, there’s other things they can listen to.”

It’s not quite what you expect. After all, 99.9% is packed with guest appearances from 2016’s hottest – Vic Mensa, Anderson Paak, Syd tha Kyd, as well as the year’s comeback hero, Craig David. It’s released on the none-more-cool XL Recordings. It follows a string of remixes that have established him as one of music’s most imaginative manipulators of sound, repurposing scores of artists, including MIA, Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, Pharrell Williams and Janet Jackson – both officially and unofficially – as well as production work with the Internet, Anderson Paak, Katy B, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs and many others.

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