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Cura by Keys N Krates

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Label: Dim Mak Records
Though Cura technically is Keys N Krates' first full-length, it arrives a decade into the Toronto trio's vaunted career, after having already dropped a slew of EPs and singles. As a result, the album exudes a deep sense of craft and steadied meticulousness largely absent from those debuts released by young up-and-comers. To begin with, the pacing is absolutely entrancing; only a veteran crew could concoct the syrupy transition between the lush R&B ripple of the opening "Início" and the celebratory trap bounce powering "Music to My Ears" (featuring vocals from fellow Canadian Tory Lanez). As longtime fans will note, Keys N Krates subtly fill out each and every track with a wealth of stylistic turns, like the gauzy, smeared ambient chords floating in and out of the title cut and the fourth world flute threaded through the rumbling bass that anchors "Flute Loop," yet the production team maintain a sense of continuity by never venturing far from hip-hop's tight, metronomic thump.

About This Album

Though Cura technically is Keys N Krates' first full-length, it arrives a decade into the Toronto trio's vaunted career, after having already dropped a slew of EPs and singles. As a result, the album exudes a deep sense of craft and steadied meticulousness largely absent from those debuts released by young up-and-comers. To begin with, the pacing is absolutely entrancing; only a veteran crew could concoct the syrupy transition between the lush R&B ripple of the opening "Início" and the celebratory trap bounce powering "Music to My Ears" (featuring vocals from fellow Canadian Tory Lanez). As longtime fans will note, Keys N Krates subtly fill out each and every track with a wealth of stylistic turns, like the gauzy, smeared ambient chords floating in and out of the title cut and the fourth world flute threaded through the rumbling bass that anchors "Flute Loop," yet the production team maintain a sense of continuity by never venturing far from hip-hop's tight, metronomic thump.

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About This Album

Though Cura technically is Keys N Krates' first full-length, it arrives a decade into the Toronto trio's vaunted career, after having already dropped a slew of EPs and singles. As a result, the album exudes a deep sense of craft and steadied meticulousness largely absent from those debuts released by young up-and-comers. To begin with, the pacing is absolutely entrancing; only a veteran crew could concoct the syrupy transition between the lush R&B ripple of the opening "Início" and the celebratory trap bounce powering "Music to My Ears" (featuring vocals from fellow Canadian Tory Lanez). As longtime fans will note, Keys N Krates subtly fill out each and every track with a wealth of stylistic turns, like the gauzy, smeared ambient chords floating in and out of the title cut and the fourth world flute threaded through the rumbling bass that anchors "Flute Loop," yet the production team maintain a sense of continuity by never venturing far from hip-hop's tight, metronomic thump.