This Keys N Krates article was written by Benjamin Bowles, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Samantha Melrose.
Keys N Krates had a relatively quiet 2015. With a few official releases on the table, they’ve had to deal quite a hand to stay in the mainstream of electronic music. They hit it big through the rise of the Trap music scene collaborating with heavy hitters like Grandtheft, but can they still go at it alone?
The EP is a slight change of pace for the group. This time around aiming for one of the Trap-esque sub genres, Future Bass. Similar in soundscape to Rustie‘s latest effort, ‘EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE’, the EP kicks off with a minute and a half atmospheric scene setter, but it doesn’t quite have that same stylistic impact. The Drum’n’Bass elements break up this familiarity, but can sometimes come across as quite jarring in this futuristic style.
One stand out track amongst the rubble is ‘Love Again (Feat. Ouici)’ with it’s soulful introduction and pulsating drum samples, you’ll fall for it in seconds and don’t shy from that repeat button, because you know you want to.
The EP is a solid return to form for Keys N Krates, showing diversity in style and room to adapt. It’s great to see them moving towards this new genre, and you can’t dispute them for chasing this crowd, but they need just a bit more time to find their own footing amongst the powerhouses already dominating this new scene.
‘Midnight Mass’ is out now via Dim Mak Records.
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