279 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
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SOFA KING FRIDAYS PRESENTS: Keys & Krates
While it may look that way on stage, nothing is ever simple with Keys N Krates. Not when everyone has an equally valid opinion along with the willingness (no, the all-consuming need) to sit and scrutinize a hearty 808 hit or laser like synth line for hours on end.
It's been this way since the very beginning, when Keys N Krates went from being a live hip-hop band reliant on rough acapellas and memory-jogging remixes to something much more complex - a tight-knit trio of producers/performers - Turntablist Jr Flo, Keyboard player David Matisse, drummer Adam Tune - who take rocking a party as seriously as a week spent in the studio. "We always trade roles from song to song," explains Jr. Flo. "It's not uncommon for Matisse to flip a sample, or for me to write a melody, or for Tune to chime in on the mixing of a track. It's not the fastest way of working, but everyone has a say in everything."
Which explains why their breakthrough singles (the elastic loops and diamond-edged drums of "Dum Dee Dum," the head rush hooks of "Treat Me Right," a frantic, D'n'B-flavored "Are We Faded") are able to pull the strings of packed festival crowds without resorting to tired EDM tropes. Hip-hop, house and UK bass music all play a role in a Keys N Krates record, but so do the dark-tinged dynamics and widescreen ways of indie acts like Caribou and M83. "Seeing M83 live at the Osheaga festival changed our whole perception of how their music translates live," says Jr. Flo. "The chord progressions are beautiful and catchy but never corny. It's pop music at its best."
That was essentially the goal with the Toronto group's new Midnite Mass EP: cuts that are calibrated for clubs but that can translate beyond. Punchy and powerful. Emotional and epic. That goes for everything from its title track (an intro that sounds...
No shorts / athletic wear / baggy or oversized clothing / hats / flip flops / boots / hoodies.
21+ Valid ID Required.
279 Tremont St,
Boston, MA 02116.
Management has the right to refuse entry.
No refunds of any kind / All sales are final.
Artist / Speaker: Keys N Krates.
General Admission1: USD 15.00,
General Admission2: USD 20.00,
General Admission3: USD 25.00,
General Admission4: USD 30.00,
General Admission5: USD 35.00,
General Admission6: USD 40.00.