Keys N Krates Midnite Mass
Published Jan 22, 2016Following a steady stream of singles and EPs over the last couple of years, Toronto trio Keys N Krates hit the ground running in 2016 with another short-form release on Steve Aoki's bells-and-whistles label Dim Mak. Though the imprint itself deals mostly with hyper-commercial dance releases, KNK have always managed to keep a big toe underground, while still drawing in the masses. Thankfully, Midnite Mass maintains that same practice.
"U Already Know," for instance, boasts a jungle rhythm beneath squeaky vocals and big wonky horns, while "Nothing But Space" nudges Aqui's soulful vocals into the fray before dropping its mammoth bass. Leading the pack, however, is the massive "Save Me," a track that was constructed from some spare a cappellas that UK singer Katy B contributed.
Midnite Mass is another example of KNK's ability to craft songs that sound so vast on your headphones that they basically ensure your attendance at their next show, just to hear them fleshed out on stage. The EP also serves a gentle reminder that this kind of arena-EDM doesn't have to be all substance-less womp. (Dim Mak)