Keys ‘n’ Krates recent set at the intimate London venue Birthdays was a highly energised treat. Formed in 2008, the trap-trio have gained a huge following all over the world. They now spend the majority of their time touring America, where their kind of euphoric trap music has been popularised by artists such as Cashmere Cat, e s t a and others. David Matisse (keyboard) brings an extremely fluid and dreamy synth sound to this often heavy genre, making it appealing to both the hard-core party crowd, and those looking for something a bit softer. Adam Tune features on drums and creates a snare-heavy groove that features throughout Keys and Krates music. They collectively create a punchy and very danceable sound, which lends itself extremely well to a small basement club such as Birthdays.
Birthdays of Dalston, East London has managed to attract some seriously big trap acts in recent years, whilst managing to keep ticket prices fairly low; usually only about £5. Past acts have included TWRK, Ganz and many others who can usually be found gracing large American stages. Keys ‘n’ Krates are truly special in the sense that they are a live act, and it’s a lot of fun to see such tight-synthetic sounds being produced organically. Warming up for the trio was London based radio-host Tiffany Calver who has in the past opened for artists such as Sango. Her blend of chilled out, minimal hip-hop and slow grooves were truly euphoric, and set the crowd up for the main event.
The whole crowd greeted Keys and Krates with adoration, chanting their names as they built up into their first track. The atmosphere was electric and the dance floor was extremely full. It’s always a pleasure to see a live band that is so tight and so passionate about their own music, and Keys ‘n’ Krates certainly did not disappoint. Blending processed sounds with a live drummer and keys, the trio played an energetic hour and a half set, which included their new track with Katie B, Save Me. The dance floor was extremely busy, with people jumping and jostling for space. The hectic atmosphere was brilliant fun, but the lack of space did not lend itself well to such a hyperactive, post Lovebox Festival crowd.
The cool down act was Jikay, the founder of the popular Alltrapmusic.com. He complemented Keys ‘n’ Krates perfectly and dropped in his personal spin on their massive hit Dum Dee Dum. After the main act, the majority of the crowd left, but those who stayed were treated to some extremely impressive live mixing which featured many trap and hip-hop favourites. The evening was truly electric and it was a pleasure to see Keys ‘n’ Krates in their element, playing to a small crowd. They very rarely play in the UK, but its worth checking their website if you plan to travel across the pond at any point soon.