Harry Griffiths – Percy’s Independence

#NewMusic from Swansea, Wales

This is the right way to get the day going. Harry Griffiths harnesses the power of Kaytranada’s bass bounce along with Dorian Concept’s key-smithery on ‘Percy’s Independence’.

It’s available now on the excellent Flow Theory label. Check their stuff.

Nao – For All We Know (The Remixes)

#NewMusic Superb vocal performances and nu-R&B sounds like no one else is creating, now with a whole heap of remixes

If you haven’t listened to Nao’s album ‘For All We Know’ then you really should. Superb vocal performances and nu-R&B sounds like no one else is creating right now. Now there’s a whole heap of remixes to go with it.

Goldlink – Meditation feat. Jazmine Sullivan & Kaytranada

Loving the bounce and stylish animated vibes on the video for Goldlink’s latest offering. He’s teamed with Jazmine Sullivan and the instantly recognisable sound of Kaytranada on ‘Meditation’.

He’s off touring the States in the coming months. Maybe if we ask really nicely he’ll come to Europe too.

Kaytranada: the R&B re-flip king

#NewMusic from Montreal, Canada

Sure, we’ve all played Kaytranada’s 2016 album ‘99.9%’ to death, because it’s outrageously good. However, we thought it was worth taking a moment to reflect on how we (maybe not some of you though) first came to hear of the Canadian / Haitian super producer.

His take on Janet Jackson’s ‘If’ has now amassed nearly 7 million listens on his Soundcloud page. We’re probably responsible for 0.1% of those plays which is interestingly the amount that’s missing for the full 100% in his album title. Probably a subliminal message to us there somewhere…

Aaanyway, this remix was no fluke, it’s an approach that he’s tried and tested on many other great R&B tunes. Check this monster interpretation on the already monstrous ‘Sock It 2 Me’ by Missy Elliott:

Next up he’s doing his thing on Amerie’s ‘Why Don’t We Fall In Love’ summoning (albeit subtly) the powers of Daft Punk.

There’s an interesting point to this pattern though which the ever brilliant Benji B highlighted on his Radio 1 show this week. The majority of the big R&B tunes from the 90s and early 2000s when they got their vinyl release had four versions: Radio Edit, Club Edit, Instrumental and… Acapella. So there you are, a ready supply of studio quality vocals ripe for remixing. Well, true to form, Kaytranada’s been at it again, this time on Latrelle’s 2001 track ‘House Party’.

Sublime work as always.

Tuxedo – The Right Time (Kaytranada Remix)

It’s double act galore on DV this week. Today’s combo is courtesy of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. Together they are Tuxedo.

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Kaytranada has a real gift when it comes to remixing (his solo stuff’s damn hot too). He’s worked his magic once again on “The Right Time”.

(We don’t think this is the official video but we like it so why the hell not)