Toronto trio Keys N Krates have released Original Classic, their new EP via Last Gang Records. The EP is accompanied by a visual album by Sammy Rawal, who created and directed a vibrant and psychedelic video for each track on the record.
“This album was about us finding our place in dance music, which probably sounds weird coming from a band probably classified as a dance act. Rather than ‘jump up and down festival music,’ we wanted something more for the dark club. We are hesitant to use the word ‘mature,’ but we’ll just go ahead and say we want it to feel more mature” says the trio
Original Classic is a stepping stone that furthers the trio’s sophistication as producers, songwriters and musicians. The varied delivery of each track is a glorious journey across the production spectrum, embracing a myriad of sounds, styles and sensibilities. Still, their characteristic sound still shines through, proving that diving into new territory can have massive payoffs.
“We wanted a lot of groove, loose feeling but driving drums, syncopation, an overall tribal feeling, a more global sound, 808s, orchestral and synthy textures; all things we love. We wanted it to be a mix of pop songs and instrumental songs and moody interludes that all feel like they come from the same place. We wanted it to be dramatic and fun. Put simply, we tried to make music that we would want to hear if we turned up somewhere to dance.”
Their North American tour will kick off at the end of November. Tour dates here.
LP track ‘Original Classic’ features on the Spotify playlist BASS_GRØUND
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Image credit: Sammy Rawal