Kaytranada-99.9% (2016)

My Rating: 80% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 81%

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Track Uno
  2. Bus Ride
  3. Got It Good (Ft. Craig David)
  4. Together (Ft. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
  5. Drive Me Crazy
  6. Weight Off (Ft. BADBADNOTGOOD)
  7. One Too Many (Ft. Phonte)
  8. Despite The Weather
  9. Glowed Up
  10. Breakdance Lesson N.1
  11. You’re The One (Ft. Syd)
  12. Vivid Dreams (Ft. River Tiber)
  13. Lite Spots
  14. Leave Me Alone (Ft. Shay Lia)
  15. Bullets (Ft. Little Dragon)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

About to throw a party.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Super unique and artistic, I love it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it almost demands to be listened to on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge fan of House as a genre, repetitive music just doesn’t do it for me, and the lyrics are usually too basic and shallow. But Kaytranada does it different, not only is he interesting stylistically, he recruits some heavy weights (BADBADNOTGOOD, Little Dragon, and AlunaGeorge to name a few of my personal favourites) to help him on this album. The album flows really really well, and there’s never a boring moment. It’s diverse enough while following a similar theme that makes it feel like an album and not a playlist. One of the most delightful artists I’ve rolled the dice on in a long time.

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ATA Kak-Obaa Sima (1994)

My Rating: 64% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 64%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Obaa Sima
  2. Moma Yendodo
  3. Adagya
  4. Medofo
  5. Daa Nyinaa
  6. Yemmpa Aba
  7. Bome Nnwom

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some hella funky beats.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah, it’s pretty typical of the genre. Not a huge fan. I don’t hate it either, though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No thanks.

Final Thoughts:

AKA Kak does one thing incredibly well: their beats. Every tracks beat is incredible, sounding like it belongs on a Sega game at points, as well as in a dance hall at other times. The problem with the record is that it is not that easy for casual listening. For the most part I don’t want this album on my shuffle because it’s awfully repetitive and typically the tracks are a little too long for my liking. A fun experience, but not one I’m signing up for again.

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