LISTEN: Kaytranada + Anderson .Paak = Bliss

KAYTRANADA’s latest release, Glowed Up, is one soulful serve of woozy hip-hop, with a futuristic music video featuring none other than Anderson .Paak.

The single is the latest release from KAYTRANADA’s upcoming debut album 99.9%, which is set for release on May 6 via XL. The pastel-toned video takes place in a hazy, underground dance party. An eerie synth line leads into a headspace filled with crisp drum beats and muddy bass that adds to the surreal world of the visuals. Exploring the blurred line between reality and dream, KAYTRANADA shares a mattress with a cat, admires a plate of sandwiches, and watches Anderson .Paak deliver rap cuts on an old-school television set.

KAYTRANADA (aka Louis Kevin Celestin) became a global name in 2012 when his future-dance rework of Janet Jackson’s If went viral. If you can pinpoint a moment that kicked off the now 23-year-old producer’s career, that was it – he’s since gone on to remix hits by Missy Elliott and others to equal success, and has toured across Europe and beyond. No doubt one of the most buzzed-up names in the game right now, it’s been a life of ups and downs – read about it more in Kaytra’s recent interview at The Fader.

The stellar list of fellow artists featuring on 99.9% also includes BADBADNOTGOOD, Little Dragon and Vic Mensa. The album will be available as hard copy vinyl through XL from May 6, and keen fans can pre-order through iTunes. In the meantime, catch KAYTRANADA on his upcoming world tour:

05-05 Berlin, Germany – Astra
05-06 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
05-07 Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
05-10 Reims, France – Cartonnerie
05-11 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli
05-12 Paris, France – Le Trianon
05-13 London, England – Troxy
05-14 Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits Botanique
05-19 Montréal, Québec – Metropolis
05-20 Toronto, Ontario – The Danforth Music Hall
05-24 San Diego, CA – Observatory North
05-25 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
05-26 Orange County, CA – The Observatory
05-27 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
05-28 Seattle, WA – Showbox
05-29 Portland, OR – Euphoria
05-31 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
06-01 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
06-03 Washington, DC – 930 Club
06-04 Philadelphia, PA – The Roots Picnic
06-11 Manchester, England – Parklife Festival
06-12 Brighton, England – Wild Life Festival
06-13 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
06-17 Lisbon, Portugal – Village Underground
06-18 Barcelona, Spain – Sonar Festival
07-23 New York, NY – Panorama Music & Arts Festival

Words by Delia Bartle

Image: Earmilk