KEYS N KRATES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AND SHARE NEW SINGLE BRAZILIAN LOVE SONG
Toronto, ON – July 23, 2021 – Today, JUNO Award-winning Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, is announcing an upcoming North American tour. The 16-day headlining tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group, kicks off in Washington, DC, with stops in Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. The band has set up a Fans First pre-sale for tickets that launches on July 26 with full ticket sales launching on July 30.
To celebrate the tour announcement, the trio is sharing a new song. Brazilian Love Song, a dynamic, house-inflected track, features tropical percussion, abrupt tempo changes and grooves that are sure to pack dancefloors. The new song comes on the heels of Take It Off, the group's bouncy and engrossing collaboration with Bibi Bourelly that was released after Keys N Krates announced a global deal with Last Gang Records.
On the song, Keys N Krates say: “Brazilian Love Song is an amalgamation of music styles that we love as a band and have been listening together a lot for the last couple of years. Baile Funk, 70's disco sounding soundtrack music, Bollywood strings, gospel house, and trap music influences are all smashed together for a dramatic, romantic and feel good party jam. We were trying to make something undeniably dancey but also not quite identifiable in terms of style."
Keys N Krates most recent full-length release, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, included the original version of Double Dutch, and was coined the "beat tape of the summer" by Exclaim! upon its release. In 2020, KNK released an edit package they made of Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Snoh Aalegra to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Listen to Brazilian Love Song above and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.
November 17 – Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 – Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 – Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 – Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 10 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
January 8 – Denver, CO @ Temple
January 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 – Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 28 – Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 – Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 – New York, NY @ Elsewhere
About Keys N Krates:
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding 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.
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like “Dum Dee Dum”, “Treat Me Right”, and other fan-favorites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio —like Elton John and Q-Tip. “Flute Loop” reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com