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Kaytranada, '99.9%'
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18. Kaytranada, '99.9%'

Before this, his debut studio full-length, Haitian-Canadian producer Kaytranada, racked up a near-encyclopedic discography of remixes and production credits. Officially and unofficially, he gave everyone from Talib Kweli to Erykah Badu to Janet Jackson a heavy dose of futurism, with vocals hinging on glossy, bubbling tracks drawing from Brit sounds like two-step and broken beat. It's no surprise, then, that 99.9% bangs with club- and car-ready numbers from start to finish, with nuanced, interesting production never clouding guests' melodies or singing prowess. Over 13 tracks, Kaytranada visits electro boogaloo ("Breakdance Lesson No. 1") and spliced-up, grown-and-sexy house ("Lite Spots"). But he also takes trips into narcotized, shimmering hip-hop, like the Vic Mensa-featuring "Drive Me Crazy," as well as panty-dropping, sizzling R&B – just see "Got It Good," featuring Craig David. The vibe is polished, cosmopolitan: funky at night over champagne and uplifting over morning coffee. A.C.  

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