KEYS N KRATES RELEASES FRESH SINGLE WITH BIBI BOURELLY
SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH LAST GANG RECORDS
LISTEN TO TAKE IT OFF FEATURING BIBI BOURELLY NOW
Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Today, JUNO Award-winning Toronto-based trio, Keys N Krates, connect with German singer-songwriter, Bibi Bourelly, for their latest single, Take It Off. Bouncy and engrossing, Take It Off combines sleek house-inflected electronic production with Bourelly's pop-centric vocal hooks. Coming on the heels of signing a global deal with Last Gang Records, Take It Off is the group's first new song since 2020's remix of Double Dutch, featuring Dai Burger.
Listen to Take It Off, and watch the visualizer here
“We’ve known BiBi for years and try to do sessions with her every time we touch down in L.A. She has a whole style that’s her own with an unmatched energy and quirkiness that we’ve always loved,” Keys and Krates says of this special collab. “Last year we were with her in the studio and really wanted to try making a dance record with her. We played her this Chicago house piano line with a killer bassline Matisse had just laid down and she just went in and threw down this crazy vocal line with the most feel-good catchy hook; all off the top of her head, and kinda based on a conversation we were having with her five minutes before. The song at a first listen just sounds like the most fun party shit, but she’s actually talking about dating men who are emotionally unavailable and trying to get them to open up. “
In addition, the group announces their global signing with Last Gang Records.
“Last Gang is honoured to welcome the legendary Keys N Krates to the label,” says Chris Moncada, Senior Vice President, eOne Music / General Manager, Last Gang Records. “We are excited for fans to hear what we feel is the bands best work ever, with some spectacular collabs attached. We are privileged to be their trusted partners in getting it out to the world.”
Keys N Krates add, “We are stoked to be doing this new project with Last Gang Recs. They’ve always been known for putting out artists we respect that don’t fit into a box and are kind of strange, but also weirdly accessible and that’s how we like to see ourselves. They are also from Toronto, so there’s a kinship there in terms of how we all work and our cultural sensibilities which is bless when making sure we are all on the same page.”
The group's 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, the group 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 Take It Off feat. Bibi Bourelly above and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.
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-favourites. 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