By Jose Mujica
February 1, 2018
Keys N Krates brought the bass to Buzz City last night with The Cura Tour at The Underground. The Canadian EDM trio’s infectious, funkadelic, hip-hop-influenced dance music can make even the stiffest wallflower bloom to life with its masterful build ups and grimy drops. Opening acts Jubilee and Falcons set the mood for the night spinning catchy bops throughout their sets warming up everyone’s jazz fingers and dance legs for the headlining act. Falcons ended their set with a groovy remix of the T-Payne classic “Buy You A Drink” which got an enthusiastic response from the crowd and presumably those tending the bar as well.
Keys previewed a good bit of new music off of their debut album, Cura (releasing this Friday February 2), beginning the set with a soulful collaboration alongside fellow Canadian hip-hop star, Tory Lanez. For the remainder of the hour-and-a-half set, the energy never let up as the captivated crowd took in everything Keys N Krates threw at them. From Hello Kitty onesies and the typical tie-dye rave attire, the mostly local EDM crowd used this show as a warm up for the 2018 festival season that’s now only just around the corner. If this show is anything to go by, this year will certainly be one you don’t want to miss. Playing back-to-back earworm tunes showcasing trap hi-hats, old-school turntablism and epic electronic progression, they ended their set with what’s easily their biggest hit, “Dum Dee Dum,” which had the entire audience roaring in approval. After leaving their fans chanting for more, they returned to the stage to finish with yet another unreleased song from their new LP, a collaboration with New Jersey singer/rapper, 070 Shake.
While name recognition is certainly there amongst EDM heads, many who don’t follow the genre may not be familiar with Keys N Krates but their stock will only rise as they graduate from releasing smaller EPs to full length studio albums.