Over the previous decade, Canadian producer Louis Celestin, AKA Kaytranada, has crammed dancefloors along with his distinct model of funk-forward home music. His three albums have produced high-energy reside units, together with a viral 2014 efficiency for Boiler Room, and remixes for the likes of Dua Lipa and the Weeknd. That includes vibrant melodies and rhythmic spaciousness, Celestin’s productions are a really perfect match for rappers to riff on, and his newest album sees him collaborating with MC Aminé as Kaytraminé, creating 11 tracks of easy, hip-hop-inflected membership jams.
The document is full of high-profile options that complement Celestin’s instrumental bounce and Aminé’s nimble supply. A syncopated Afrobeat pulses beneath Pharrell’s vocals on standout 4EVA, whereas a pitched-up Aminé gives a counterpoint to Snoop Dogg’s verses on the synth-laden Eye. When the pair are producing alone the result’s equally compelling, with Aminé meandering between R&B vocals on the jazz references of Rebuke, whereas taking over baritone verses for the lure bass of Westside. With most tracks operating at beneath three minutes, Kaytraminé can really feel extra like a mixtape than a completely realised album, however its temporary compositions mark Celestin and Aminé out as an agile pairing, able to holding their very own.