Intimidated - EP
Few producers can make dance tracks as soulful and at the same time futuristic as KAYTRANADA. On the “Intimidated” single, the Montreal producer/DJ enlists a number of guests—as has been his MO for a while now—accentuating their strengths while keeping the vibe purely in his own pocket. The lead track, featuring H.E.R., bumps along gently, letting the singer glide over an easy house beat, KAYTRA’s signature drums sluggish but still slinky. “Be Careful” gives Thundercat’s silky falsetto an equally laidback, downtempo pulse. But the gem here just might be "$payforhaiti," with the mysterious Griselda rapper Mach-Hommy. (Both he and KAYTRANADA have Haitian roots.) In a mix of Haitian Creole and English, Mach-Hommy drops lines like “I told my n***a ‘pray for Haiti’ and he told me ‘take the R out.’” For KAYTRA, it’s a rare, fiery political turn—and low-slung hip-house perfection.