New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Keys N Krates' ode to classic R&B delivers a healthy dose of electronic soul on "Music To My Ears," featuring fellow Canadian and Grammy-nominated vocalist Tory Lanez. Taken from the Toronto trio's debut album Cura, dynamic strings and reverberant bass provide a joyous backbone to Lanez's uplifting hook. Today the official music video for "Music To My Ears" premieres on Top40-Charts.com. Directed by Nathan Boey, the humorous visual follows a puppet version Tory Lanez
navigating a series of dates, soundtracked by puppet versions of Keys N Krates.
"This has gotta be my favourite track off the new album. With packed schedules and tour dates, the band had the idea of doing something with puppets for this video which I was pumped about," says director Nathan Boey. "I love the idea of mixing realities with humans and anything non-human, and our puppet maker Dusty, really killed it with these ones. We tried to keep the tone somewhat grounded although when you're dealing with 3 ft. humanoids, humour emerges and things kinda take on a life of their own."
The new video follows their recent visual for "My Night" featuring 070 Shakeand arrives on the heels of extensive touring, which included headlining dates around the world, and festival appearances at Ultra Music
Festival, Sónar Hong Kong, Summer Camp, Sonic Bloom, and Electric Forest. This weekend they'll perform a special DJ set in LA at KCRW's Metropolis Live alongside Jason Bentley, before heading to NYC next month for The Greatest Day Ever, where they will play alongside Tory Lanez, Stefflon Don, Metro Boomin
and others in the Bronx on July 14-15.
Watch "Music To My Ears" ft. Tory Lanez
above and see below to hear Cura, full album details, summer tour dates, and to read more about Keys N Krates.
6/27 - Toronto, ON @ Yonge-Dundas Square
6/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (DJ Set)
7/6 - Calgary, AB @ Palace Theatre
7/8 - Ottawa, ON @ RBC Bluesfest
7/12 - Dour, BEL @ Dour Festival
7/15 - Bronx, NY @ The Greatest Day Ever
7/20 - Victoria, BC @ The Phillips Backyard Weekender
7/27 - Kelowna, BC @ Center of Gravity
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates
have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound which melds the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group-composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse
and turntablist Jr. Flo.-has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets. Keys N Krates
now elevate their craft with Cura, their debut artist album.
Reflecting a sonic evolution many years in the making, Cura sees Keys N Krates
evolving from revered instrumental beat-makers into musically sophisticated producers and songwriters. Cura embodies Keys N Krates' matured style of now: soulful electronic music created with an organic touch, allowing for open experimentation and sonic curiosity. On "Music to My Ears," dynamic strings and reverberant bass provide a joyous backbone to Grammy-nominated vocalist Tory Lanez' uplifting hook. On "Glitter," a slow-burning romp through disco-tinged future R&B, the group slathers the groove-laden cut with satiny synths and distorted strings alongside the vocals of rising sensation Ambré. "Do What U Do" revisits the sample based, boom-bap beats and harmonious vocal layers that have become a keystone of the Keys N Krates
aesthetic. Elsewhere, the hard-hitting instrumental "Flute Loop," featuring Ouici, is a frenetic bomb exploding with trap-leaning muscle, while "My Night" boasts hallucinogenic production accentuated by 070 Shake's haunting sung / rap vocal.
Keys N Krates
first broke into the mainstream with the SOLOW EP (Dim Mak, 2013), featuring the breakthrough single "Dum Dee Dum," which recently received gold certification in the US in 2017. Since its release, the track's cheeky official music video was nominated for a Prism Prize by the Association for Music
and Innovative Arts in Canada as well as a Berlin Music
Video Award in Germany in 2014. In 2013, the group later released a remix of the track featuring a collection of buzzing Chicago-based rappers, including G.O.O.D. Music's Cyhi the Prynce as well as King Louie and Tree. Elsewhere, the group released "Keep It 100
" (Mad Decent, 2014), a collaboration with producer/DJ Grandtheft, which was featured in a trailer for the animated film Minions in 2015 and won for Best EDM/Dance Video in the 2015 Much Music
Video Awards in Canada. In 2016, Keys N Krates
took home their first win at the Juno Awards in Canada in the Dance Recording of the Year category for their song "Save Me," off the Midnite Mass EP (Dim Mak, 2016), featuring British singer/songwriter Katy B. The group's discography also includes the Every Nite EP (Dim Mak, 2014) as well as numerous remixes.
Originally formed as a live hip-hop act in 2008, Keys N Krates
have since logged countless hours on the road via a relentless tour schedule and have been recognized for advancing the live performance aspect within electronic music. They have headlined their own tours and performed high-profile sets at the top international music festivals including Coachella, Sónar, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, Pukkelpop, Bestival and more. Keys N Krates
will spend 2018 on an extensive world tour in support of Cura, performing headlining shows across the US, Canada, and Europe, with additional shows in Asia and Australia. In-between tour stops, they are set to grace festival stages at Sónar Hong Kong, Ultra Music
Festival, and Electric Forest.
While Cura marks the crew's debut full-length album, it, too, initiates a first step toward a new creative vision, a breakthrough in sound and a new beginning for Keys N Krates.