Published May 14, 2014Kaytranada may have declared Instrumental Hip-Hop Is Dead on a recent mixtape, but the Montreal producer's career is very much alive, since he just signed a deal with XL Recordings.
Speaking with The Fader, Kaytranada revealed that he has an EP coming out this summer on the celebrated imprint.
"It's the record label that I really wanted to put something out with for a long time," he said. "I listen to their artists — M.I.A., Tyler, the Creator — and it's one of the labels I always wanted to be on and eventually, it happened."
While the details of the EP are still up in the air, Kaytranada described the collection as "abstract-feeling" and "uptempo, neo-soul." He's aiming to "make it as funky as possible," with guests including Vic Mensa, Kareem Riggins, Reva DeVito, Shay Lia and more.
In the meantime, Kaytranada has released a 20-track collection of beats and remixes called Whatever. It's available for free here.
He also told The Fader that he's working on a side-project with his brother called the Celestics. They've got a hip-hop mixtape finished and ready to be released soon.
Below, see Kaytranada's extensive spring and summer live schedule.
05/14 Calgary, AB - Hifi
05/15 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
05/16 Los Angeles, CA - Create *
05/17 Seattle, WA - Q NightClub
06/12 Tel Aviv, Israel - Bootleg ^
06/13 Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival
06/14 Washington, DC - Dock 5 At Union Market ~
06/15 Palm Springs, CA - Splash Festival
06/20 Portland, OR - WTF Festival
06/26 Rothbury, MI - Electric Forrest
06/27 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso #^
06/28 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Expedition (day show)
06/28 Paris, France - Showcase #^ (night show)
06/29 Vienna, Austria - Donauineselfest
07/03 London, UK - Koko #^
07/04 Berlin, Germany - Gretchen ^
07/05 Belfort, France - Les Eurockeennes
07/09 Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival #
07/11 Brussels, Belgium - Bloody Louis #^
07/12 Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Open Air Festival
07/13 Grafenhainichen, Germany - Splash! Festival
07/18 Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Music Festival
07/19 Toronto, ON - TIME Festival
08/03 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08/14 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08/16 Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival
08/17 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08/30 Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
08/31 Pula, Croatia - Dimensions Festival
09/04 Pula, Croatia - Outlook Festival
09/07 Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09/14 San Diego, CA - Mad Decent Block Party
09/20 Eugene, OR - Mad Decent Block Party
* with Purity Ring
~ with Jamie XX, Viceroy
^ with Sango
# with Stwo