Alicia Keys Makes One Sweet F’ing Collaboration With KAYTRANADA (Audio)

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At the start of his career, Canadian producer KAYTRANADA has been responsible for making appealing beats for Mobb Deep, Freddie Gibbs, and especially Vic Mensa. In time, official remixes and broader productions for Rihanna, AlunaGeorge, and The Internet pushed him into circles well beyond Hip-Hop. 2016’s exceptional 99.9% album cemented that, blended these worlds together, with evocative Dance tracks as the common denominator.

Alicia Keys is the next up to seek collaborating with the XL Recordings (Tyler, The Creator, Gil Scott Heron, RJD2) artist. Swizz Beatz shared “Sweet F’ing Love.” The moment trades Keys’ celebrated, often intricate songwriting for pure emotion. Like a Jazz riff, Alicia harps on just the chorus, broken down in multiple ways. Meanwhile, Kaytra’ builds the beat, with gentle percussion, and sudden drop-outs. Like love itself, this song is hard to pin down. However, it rings with pure joy, and shows a big step in the discography of The Voice judge.

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Like Dangermouse, Daddy-O, DJ Premier, and Rick Rubin, KAYTRANADA appears to be on his way to take Hip-Hop roots to a world of other genres. There is no word yet on where this stellar collabo’ may end up.