Kaytranada – BUBBA

One of the most inventive producers to emerge in the last decade, Montreal’s Kaytranada has set an impossibly high-water mark with his slew of mixtapes, EPs and his universally beloved debut album 99.9%. His newest offering BUBBA, playfully named after his favorite marijuana strain Bubba Kush, is an immersive excursion into the world of R&B infused dance and features appearances from a broad swath of vocalists including Pharrell Williams, SiR, Tinashe, Van Jess, Kali Uchis and Teedra Moses.

Throughout the album, Kay masterfully blends the foreign and the familiar; whether conjuring the spirit of J Dilla on the SiR assisted “Go DJ,” haunting the dance floor with the warmth of “Scared To Death” or taking up-tempo R&B to new heights on songs like “Culture” with Teedra Moses and “The Worst In Me” with Tinashe. The first single “10%” featuring Kali Uchis is everything that a first single is supposed to be: magnetic, accessible and a planted flag for the direction of the album. Instrumental songs like “September 21” and “Puff Lah” are unfiltered, intimate looks at the psychoacoustic profile that make Kaytranada a singular figure in the world of music.

With this immensely collaborative project, Kaytranada has further proven himself to be an accomplished sonic architect. The seamlessness of the songs on BUBBA is quite remarkable and the album stands like a house built on good decisions. Listening to the album feels like a good decision.

by Darryl Crews (iamdcrews@gmail.com)