WHILE we out here waitin’ for 99.9% to drop.
Unreleased in “2015… UNTIL NOW” reads the description of Kaytranada‘s latest flip, the Haitian-Canadian beat mastermind behind The Internet’s breakout single ‘Girl‘ and a series of other creations for hype artists yesteryear has wound back the clock ever so slightly to drop a previously unheard edit. Tackling ‘Sharpness‘, a track taken from one of the most delightfully sizzling vocalists in modern dance music, whose pipes eclipse any comparable, current male artist, Jamie Woon; the relatively low-key R&B number, not to detract from it’s insatiable likability, is personally shopped out of an Armani suit into a Hugo Boss. Good initially, now great.
Boasting his uncanny ability to strip away unnecessary appendages from an artist’s original work, Kay instead replaces often sparse production with hollowing drum rhythms and funkenstein bass grooves. In the same vein as a Daniel Bedingfield or Dan Merriweather vocal delivery, thanks in part to a touch of Kaytranada fascination on the grab, Woon finds his arrangement largely untouched. Favours are called however, on BADBADNOTGOOD drummer Alexander Sowinski for an authentic dose of loose snare and crisp hat implementation – partnering with Kay’s subverse key structure we’re left with a slice of Jazz-Funk paradise.
Photo // Kaytranada