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Kaytranada signs to XL

By | Published on Friday 16 May 2014


21 year old Haitian-Canadian beat-man Kaytranada, real name Kevin Celestin, has signed to XL Recordings. The label will release Celestin’s new EP – which will, he tells The Fader, feature rapper Vic Mensa, singers Reva DeVito and “crazy jazz drummer” Karriem Riggins – later this year.

He typifies it like so: “It’s definitely gonna surprise you. It’s gonna be more abstract-feeling. I tried to do more of my unique stuff – the up tempo, neo-soul type of stuff. That’s what I’m aiming for, to make it as funky as possible”.

And on his choosing XL over all the labels in all the world: “It’s the record label that I really wanted to put something out with for a long time. I listen to their artists – MIA, Tyler The Creator – and it’s one of the labels I always wanted to be on and eventually, it happened. Maybe a few more people [will find] my stuff, my music, and give it a listen because it’s on XL. It’s a good label for people who are sort of lost and are like, ‘Let me see what’s going on'”.

And with that, you can now, like, claim a free packet of misc Kaytranada tracks and mixes, he having released it earlier this week via his FB.