What's On

Thursday 12 April

Keys N Krates

23:30 - 02:00

While it may look that way on stage, nothing is ever simple with Keys N Krates. Not when everyone has an
equally valid opinion, along with the willingness (no, the all-consuming need) to sit and scrutinize a hearty 808
hit or laser like synth line for hours on end.
It’s been this way since the very beginning, when Keys N Krates went from being a live hip-hop band reliant on
rough acapellas and memory-jogging remixes to something much more complex – a tight-knit trio of
producers/performers – Turntablist Jr Flo, Keyboard player David Matisse, drummer Adam Tune – who take
rocking a party as seriously as a week spent in the studio. “We always trade roles from song to song,” explains
Jr. Flo. “It’s not uncommon for Matisse to flip a sample, or for me to write a melody, or for Tune to chime in on
the mixing of a track. It’s not the fastest way of working, but everyone has a say in everything.”

Which explains why their breakthrough singles (the elastic loops and diamond-edged drums of “Dum Dee
Dum,” the head rush hooks of “Treat Me Right,” a frantic, D’n’B-flavored “Are We Faded”) are able to pull the
strings of packed festival crowds without resorting to tired EDM tropes. Hip-hop, house and UK bass music all
play a role in a Keys N Krates record, but so do the dark-tinged dynamics and widescreen ways of indie acts
like Caribou and M83. “Seeing M83 live at the Osheaga festival changed our whole perception of how their
music translates live,” says Jr. Flo. “The chord progressions are beautiful and catchy but never corny. It’s pop
music at its best.”

Ticket info : £6 Advance

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