[Album Review] Keys N Krates – Every Nite EP
Keys N Krates are quickly becoming the next big thing in live electronic music, raising the bar of what expectations when people go to a live show. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Adam Tune (drums), David Matisse (synthesizer/keyboard), and Jr. Flo (turntables) were a breakout hit in the festival circuit last year following their release of their EP SOLOW on Dim Mak Records. This year, they’re back with another EP called Every Nite and they’re continuing to impress us with each step. Every Nite is short, with only 6 songs, but it takes us on a journey which subtly reminds of the highs and lows of nightlife.
Every Nite opens with mellow energy in the track “Understand Why.” Its quick claps and rapid symbols paired with a deep bass suggest a frustration that needs to be released. We hear “I just can’t understand why” repeating in the background until the song builds to a breakdown, as if the singer is out of breath from telling us. Another triumphant drop comes to finish out the song, fading into the next track.
“2 Hypnotik” reminds one of the dance floor. As the song begins, one can envision the anxiety of grabbing a sexy stranger to dance. As the song builds, each beat is down and dirty, pulling the hips to move from side to side to the sultry bass. Then, the song gains energy, much like that moment when one gets comfortable with their new dance partner and lets loose. As the track comes to a close, reality snaps back and it’s time to head back to the bar for another drink.
“Are We Faded” is the third track on Every Nite and it has been a huge success since Keys N Krates released it as a single last month. The first half of a two part trip, the song has a seamless energy that grows and fades, asking the undeniable question as a drum and bass style roll controls the backdrop. The song’s conclusion leaves one asking for more, reaching for a response, which is given in the next track “Yes We Faded.”
“Are We Faded” and “Yes We Faded” are a seamless call and response. “Are We” asks the question vibrantly and gets us hyped for the evening, and “Yes We Faded” reluctantly admits defeat, the bass dimming much like the background noise at a party as you drunkenly nod off on the couch. Each song could easily stand alone, but are much better played back to back.
“Your Love” reminds one of a hyped-up R&B track. The type of song that should be played when you take that sexy stranger home for the night. It starts slow and quiet, with an unmistakable crescendo and breakdown. The drum work and intertwined bass is phenomenal in this track, and hearing it live would be one to remember.
Every Nite ends with “She’s So High.” A quick 2 minute conclusion, it has a exit style beat that mellows out the evening. In the background, one hears the chatter of a party until the bass and drums kick in again to finish out the journey.
Keys N Krates are one of those groups that must be seen live. Every Nite showcases what they’re capable of, but if unaware that they have a live drummer, keyboardist, and vinyl turntables in the mix, it would seem like just another trap music EP. These guys go far beyond that, sampling a wide variety of beats and styles to create something their own. With Every Nite, they’ve managed to capture nightlife in its truest form, from getting ready to passing out. Such a coherent theme is often lost in electronic music, but Keys N Krates hit the nail on the head. Every Nite is set to release September 23rd, pre-order on iTunes here.