Kaytranada ft. Karriem Riggins - "Bus Ride"
It would have been easy for XL signee and Soundcloud favorite Kaytranada to hew close to the formula that spelled his initial success as he crafted his debut album 99.9%. Buoyant rhythms, R&B chords, and hints of hip-hop light up Hypem charts these days, so one could hardly blame the 23-year-old Montreal producer for sticking to his guns.
On "Bus Ride," however, Kaytranada refuses the obvious, enlisting the help of esteemed drummer Karriem Riggins to create something more cerebral but no less soulful than his past releases. "Bus Ride" sees Kaytranada channeling Riggins collaborators like The Roots, Erykah Badu, and, of course, the late, great J Dilla; the focus begins on Riggins' signature drum style before subtly unfurling layers of lush, evocative melody. Over all too soon, "Bus Ride" is the sound of a young producer evolving without losing the spirit that makes him special.—Jon Tanners