Kaytranada has become one of the premier artists that crosses over between DJ/EDM culture and the hip-hop world. He provides beats for the likes of Vic Mensa, but also DJs to huge crowds in clubs all over the world. Here's 10 essential tracks to listen to...
Kaytranada, real name Louis Kevin Celestin, was born in 1992 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After relocating to Montreal, Quebec as a toddler, Kaytranada began DJing at age 14. His brother introduced him to producing software at the age of 15, putting him on a slow-burning path to success.
The young producer/DJ actually began under the name Kaytradamus in 2010, releasing a total of 8 projects under that moniker. Since then, he's changed his name, released a few more projects, and most recently, become a massive name and trend-setter due to his remixes of artists like TLC, Disclosure, Janet Jackson and many more.
His style comes from a love of R&B and an infatuation with J Dilla's production techniques. A quick listen to this man's incredible remixes will reveal J Dilla's paw prints all over them, and the delayed, boom-bap approach has really found a niche in popular culture as he continues to play festivals and sold-out shows all over the world.
The following is a list of essential Kaytranada joints. You'll find an effortless blend of R&B, soul, hip-hop, and electronica in each track, so sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy.