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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Montreal artist features guest appearancesa from Durand Bernarr, Eight9fly, Estelle, GoldLink, Mick Jenkins, Masego, Teedra Moses, Iman Omari, Ari PenSmith, SiR, Tinashe, Kali Uchis, VanJess, Pharrell Williams, and Charlotte Day Wilson.
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  • Record Label: RCA
  • Genre(s): Electronic, R&B, Club/Dance, Alternative Rap, Left-Field House, Alternative R&B
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 17, 2019
    81
    Bubba is another set of coherent, well-sequenced set of tracks without any major drop-offs, all the more impressive as the album runs more than 50 minutes. It’s flexible, ever-moving, a dance record that could have come from no one else.
  2. 80
    Bubba may be lacking the type of big bangers that thrive in festival sets like ‘99.9%’, but is no worse for it. Instead it’s a dizzying hour that is more interested in enthralling the already-fans that have made it into the club and to give them a helluva night. Job done.
  3. Dec 16, 2019
    80
    [Midsection] is a rare bum note in a record that’s packed with goodies and effortlessly cool.
  4. Dec 16, 2019
    80
    While 99% provided the initial space for Kaytranada to make his mark, BUBBA is where it matures.
  5. 80
    Bubba has a subtle confidence that beds in after each listen. Welcome back mate, we missed you.
  6. Dec 16, 2019
    72
    The new LP is a touch less bombastic than its predecessor, but its freedom and euphoria arrive via beats not all that different from Kay’s past tunes. Given both the emotional growth that often accompanies coming out—and the three-plus-year wait for something new from Kay—this minor amount of perceptible change feels a bit underwhelming. But the similar shuffle delineating the majority of these tracks is never anything less than catchy.
  7. Dec 18, 2019
    70
    At times the production is marred by brevity and unevenness, which can make ‘BUBBA’ sound more like a mixtape in places. Thankfully, these moments are outnumbered by others where Kaytranada is well and truly back on form.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 16, 2019
    10
    e aos 45 do segundo tempo, temos o melhor album de 2019. e o Kaytranada faz TUDO
  2. Dec 31, 2019
    10
    Bubba consegue ser superior a excelência de 99,9%. Bubba é um álbum mais profundo, com samples bem aplicados e letras contagiantes. KaytranadaBubba consegue ser superior a excelência de 99,9%. Bubba é um álbum mais profundo, com samples bem aplicados e letras contagiantes. Kaytranada acertou novamente a dose, ampliou suas possibilidades e nos presenteou com um álbum maravilhoso. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2020
    10
    Everything blends so nicely as if you’re listening to a live mix. The tracks aren’t as unique compared to 99.9% but this album still is veryEverything blends so nicely as if you’re listening to a live mix. The tracks aren’t as unique compared to 99.9% but this album still is very skillfully crafted and addictive to listen to. Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2019
    10
    Loving this, elegant, class. So varied and enjoyable, great production. One of the last surprises of 2019. To my top.
  5. Dec 18, 2019
    10
    This album is guaranteed to get your head bobbin and your body movin, so avoid in offices of dentistry and acupuncture.
  6. May 21, 2021
    8
    I totally agree with Eero Holi from "Clash Music" who considers "BUBBA" more like a mixtape than an album. For me, after a few listens, II totally agree with Eero Holi from "Clash Music" who considers "BUBBA" more like a mixtape than an album. For me, after a few listens, I thought it was all about the vibe and the atmosphere oozing from it. While some of the rhythms and arrangements shine honestly and clearly carry the record throughout, there are also a few moments where a boring repetitiveness may take over. If you listen to "BUBBA" several times, it is possible that you find that Kaytranada's rhythms are too similar from one song to another.

    However I have to admit he has made a masterful choice in hiring all these great singers to accompany its rhythmic tracks. It is a real pleasure to be lulled by this wonderful chain of songs. 'Need It' (with Masego), '10%' (featuring Kali Uchis) and '2 the Music' (in collaboration with Iman Omari) are the highlights of the project according to me. To listen to it as a whole is to experience the gift of Kaytranada's ability to move us smoothly from one mood to another. Some may not find the intrinsic beauty of this incredible work, but I can't help but recommend it as a must-listen to anyway, especially for the disco-era nostalgic people.
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