- Record Label: XL
- Release Date: May 6, 2016
- Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Canadian electronic producer under the name Kaytranada (he has six credited under Kaytradamus) features guest appearances from such artists as AlunaGeorge, BadBadNotGood, Craig David, Little Dragon, Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, Phonte, and Syd tha Kyd.
- Record Label: XL
- Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
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|Got It Good|
|Don't worry ‘bout the tag Go and throw it in the bag Cause I got it good You're the best I ever had Baby you know that you're bad And I got it...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 18 out of 21
Mixed: 3 out of 21
Negative: 0 out of 21
May 20, 2016While there is little new ground being broken on this debut album – DJ Spinna and Onra have both pursued similar territory--Kaytranada adds a pop nous and Dilla-like beat-making precision to the equation.
May 16, 2016He seems to have complete control over the proverbial dance floor, switching up tempos to match the crowd’s mood throughout the 15-track album; this prevents 99.9% from feeling bloated and is yet another reason Kaytranada’s debut album is a resounding success.
May 6, 2016The most critical takeaway is how nuanced every single track is on behalf of Kaytranada’s unparalleled attention to and manipulation of detail.
May 5, 2016Taking all of 99.9% into account, it's really no wonder that Kaytranada has become one of the most sought-after producers these days. This will surely mark yet another, even weightier, launchpad for Kaytranada to head skyward, out towards that much-fabled 100%.
May 6, 2016Combined with beats seemingly tailored for each voice, the album could have resembled a disorderly production showcase, yet Celestin applies his experience as a deeply knowledgeable selector to stitch it all together with few obvious seams. He excels most at bold modern boogie with spring-loaded drums, zip-and-glide basslines, and radiant keyboards.
May 5, 2016The album’s title refers to the feeling of never being quite done, but “99.9%” oozes poise and confidence.
May 6, 2016Collaborations here, there and everywhere, for the most part Kaytranada pulls the strings. But it is a work that threatens to find him in the shadows, leaving the spotlight to bigger names.
Positive: 9 out of 10
Mixed: 1 out of 10
Negative: 0 out of 10
May 6, 2016FIRST ALBUM KILLED IT. All those genres are jammed together into a single album, just like they are within Celestin; he finds joy and fun in them all.
May 13, 2016Kaytra has single-handedly created his own genre. The man has taste. Despite the weather was a particular highlight for me. Love this sound.Kaytra has single-handedly created his own genre. The man has taste. Despite the weather was a particular highlight for me. Love this sound. Great production value and and seriously good value for money.… Expand
Jun 1, 2016Amazing album! I've been listening to Kaytranda for quite some time and he outdid himself with his debut album '99.9%' ! I have been listeningAmazing album! I've been listening to Kaytranda for quite some time and he outdid himself with his debut album '99.9%' ! I have been listening to it for almost a month now and I'm still not tired of it. Every single track is catchy as hell and sticks in your mind all through the day :) The album is 50 - 50 % split between vocal tracks and instrumental tracks. Genres are diverse, but his signature sound can be found in all of them. As it is said in one of the skits from the album: 'It's musicality meeting the beats. From the chords and the basslines to the rhythms", the tracks form into one complete feel good trip. Luv it :))))… Expand
May 6, 2016After having this on loop for the past 5 hours, I can safely say I think this album will stand out as one of the highlights from 2016. QualityAfter having this on loop for the past 5 hours, I can safely say I think this album will stand out as one of the highlights from 2016. Quality never dips, just solid tunes and good vibes from start to finish.… Expand
Aug 20, 2016The Haitian-Canadian outfit Kaytranada has produced dozens of tracks and remixes over the years so it only seemed plausible that we finallyThe Haitian-Canadian outfit Kaytranada has produced dozens of tracks and remixes over the years so it only seemed plausible that we finally see him release an original album, entitled 99.9%. This record is scattered with different genres stretching from jazz, hip-hop, house and even disco influences arise from it. You'd think it would sound like a mess right? Absolutely not.
Kaytranada demonstrates how incredibly versatile he is in his production combining the array of genres with different vocalists for different purposes.
The most jammy tracks on the record Got It Good, Drive Me Crazy, You're The One and the instrumental Lite Spots all hit the spot for me. They are incredibly consistent in quality yet so different from one another respectively; they are fun and engaging in their own particular way. Every vocalist (apart from Lite Spots which uses a sample from Gal Costa's "Pontos De Luz") is solid on each track. It's pretty difficult to nail down which is my favourite out of the four! I think I'll go with Got It Good with Craig David, such a feel good track, but it is very tight. Always a good thing. In fact, You're The One could quite easily be a FIFA track. Not sure if he wants to go down that route though!
Then we have more laidback tracks like Bus Ride which have some really nice drums and strings, Glowed Up which is quirky in a good way and adds spice to the record. Weight Off, Together, One Too Many and Vivid Dreams are also solid tracks with pretty good instrumentation and yet more solid vocal performances. The consistency is really impressive. Bus Ride in particular has some fantastic placement of drums.
More instrumentals deriving from Track Uno, Despite The Weather and Breakdance Lesson N.1 highlights more of Kaytranada's production skills. Breakdance is the weaker of the three and in fact one of the weakest in the album, mostly because I feel that the track is a bit too long for liking. Could have been shortened to around three minutes. Track Uno which although is even longer in length justifies that because of the more prominent, continual change of textures, melodies and rhythms which keep it engaging for me. It isn't a bad track by any means, still quite good.
The last two tracks featuring Shay Lia and Little Dragon respectively are once again solid tracks. Leave Me Alone is a particular highlight on the record - the frothy yet tamed bass is brilliant and the vocals harmonise with it very well. Great track. Bullets is also pretty good, different from the rest once again but still has that Kaytranada touch.
And that's what makes this album so fantastic. Every track is unique in its own way yet retains the noticeable Kaytranada attitude across every single track, be it subtle or prominent. I notice how every snare, clap, click and hat for instance sounds slightly different from one another in each four bar loop - a technique he's been playing with for years. This is simply a fascinating way to maximise replayability on the album and it works wonders. Kaytranada's percussive synthesis in both execution and variation across the record is deeply impressive. The synthesizers he utilises are also typical of his sound and his style. Another noticeable element is the outros that are in a handful of the tracks which switch the chord progressions and sometimes sound like completely different songs. This is also another method to make each track even more interesting, and yet again he is successful in that regard. Although I will say they did confuse me at first!
My only gripes with this record is even though it's pretty cohesive, consistent and very engaging, there's not too many spectacular songs. They're all good, a few fantastic, but the only amazing songs I would classify are Got It Good, Lite Spots and Leave Me Alone. It needed that killer edge. I would have maybe taken out One Too Many just to squeeze one more fantastic or even amazing song in. And I also feel that Breakdance Lesson N.1 could have been shorter and instead Despite The Weather could have been longer.
All in all, a fantastic debut album by Kaytranada (with a few minor mishaps). After all these years of listening to his material, I am happy to see him pull off something as big as this really well. I am pretty excited to see what else he can offer in the future. The guy is very talented and very versatile in his production. One of the best records of 2016.… Expand
Mar 12, 2018There will always be a special place in my heart for projects that get me interested in a new genre of music. Prior to 99.9%, I was notThere will always be a special place in my heart for projects that get me interested in a new genre of music. Prior to 99.9%, I was not particularly interested in dance music or instrumental tracks. This album kinda opened the door for me in a big way to those genres, and after 99.9% I found myself getting into artists like WizKid, J Dilla, and Nicholas Jaar. Thank you, Kaytranada--in my mind you now share shelf space with Ryan Adams (country), Chance the Rapper (hip hop), and Lauryn Hill (RnB).
It's hard for me to pinpoint what's so compelling about this album, as I don't listen to a lot of dance music. But the sonic palette sounds utterly unique in 2016 (and now in 2018). I've never heard side-chain compression abused in such a creative and visceral way. The drums sometimes pound with club vibes, sometimes they crackle and crunch and sit closer front in the mix. Examples of the latter include Bus Ride and Weight Off--Kaytranada's approach to recording and sampling live drums is absolutely fascinating, I wish I knew what he is doing to Karriem Riggins' drums to get that sound... like the hi hats are spitting. And the swing he applies is so slight, but so spot on.
The rest of the instrumentation consists largely of synths and samples. Many of the synths sound quite basic, such as the one in You're the One, yet are used sparingly and to good effect. The sampling is IMPECCABLE--dear lord, the melodies and hooks he finds in these samples are incredible, and his sonic treatment of the samples--adding some kind of crunchy overlay, like in Breakdance Lesson No. 1, provides just the right bounce.
Alright. Them bass lines. The bass lines are maybe my favorite part of this project. K's base has some crunch and some dirt without taking up too much space in the mix, and the lines are hypnotic and tie in perfectly with the instrumentals. I hear some funk, some disco, some house, some hip-hop influences in the bass lines.
Finally, the features. Kaytranada does a really great job of tailoring his sound to fit each feature, like the heavy ATL club sound for Vic Mensa, or the tinny Odd Future-like synths for Syd. The performances from the guest artists rank among some of the best in their respective catalogs, in my opinion--certainly the most popular songs from Vic Mensa and Anderson .Paak. I don't know if the features are so great because Kaytranada is so great, or if this is just one of those projects where everything just works out that way. I guess we'll see on the next project.
Kaytranada is already getting so much recognition, and it's well-deserved. This is the dance album I never knew I needed. Looking forward to whatever is next for Kaytranada.… Expand
Sep 7, 2016Equal parts hip-hop producer and club hitmaker, the talented Mr. Kaytranada has a bright future, and it's not hard to tell from his 99.9%Equal parts hip-hop producer and club hitmaker, the talented Mr. Kaytranada has a bright future, and it's not hard to tell from his 99.9% debut. Cool, experimental new-age jams, sweet-sung joints and arguably not enough rap spots make up the project. It's the perfect music for this generation, but it would have been better if more young progressive emcees showed.… Expand
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