Arriving with sheer swag and hypnotic vibes, 99.9% is the debut LP from Kaytranada that we’ve all been waiting to dive into since first hearing his re-works on SoundCloud. Laced with dazed and confident sounds, the debut LP from the Haiti born producer, Louis Kevin Celestin, is a glowing testament to his unparalleled attention and manipulations of detail. Each club ready track is not only a commitment to Kaytranada’s eccentric intricacies, but an ebullient devotion to his Haitian upbringing through complex African rhythms and cohesive styling that bring the sounds of Dominican merengue to life.
While being the clear center of the album, Kaytranada frequently makes himself scarce as the album packs heavy hitting collaborations from AlunaGeorge to Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, Craig David and more. In Got it Good, Kaytranada seamlessly develops a soulful dance track with hand-made electronic productions, as multi-talented vocalist Craig David manages to curve every word, spin each verb, and land each and every verse. Glowed Up combines the talents of Kaytranada with another artist that’s been reaching ‘the maximum’ - Anderson .Paak. The duo complement each other fully in the mellow, synth gliding track. Even with the heavy banging beats, the production of Glowed Up brings a level of chill that vibes almost too well with .Paak’s soulful rhymes. Testament to Kaytranada’s diversity of styles, Together offers a contemporary pop single with AlunaGeorge; and even as it proves to be a radio ready recording about reconciliation in relationships, it still avoids mainstream formulaic structure and embraces his signature form. Overall, regardless of the rationing of verses and styles among collaborators in the album, Kaytranada seamlessly blends everything into a cohesive, summer, dance party ready album.
Altogether, the album glows with a radiant blend of styles, and even though the title of the album may refer to a degree of incompleteness, 99.9% is one of the most comprehensible debut records that we’ve seen in a long time.
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