Give it up to Kaytranada for consistently mixing it up. Fresh off the heels of some major hip-hop recognition, Kev’s back with a return to his house roots featuring Shay Lia. Leave Me Alone starts out simple with urgent maracas and a piano line that codify the atmosphere for a hot track. After that, the rest is history. Kaytranada’s singular blend of electronic and lo-fi R&B vibes takes over and Shay Lia’s vocals bind the song together, playing off the beat in one phrase and sticking to it like taffy in another.
Kaytranada has this cut-and-dry feeling about his music sometimes that feels so deliciously clean, and Leave Me Alone exemplifies that aspect to the nth degree. The Montreal native has had a great year, working with artists like Mobb Deep, GoldLink, and most recently Vic Mensa. Additionally, he’s released some next-level remixes of tracks by BANKS, Tensnake, Chet Faker, and Disclosure. On top of that, XL Recordings scooped him up earlier this year. What else can I say? If you’re not a fan yet, then get right on listening to his prolific catalog of mixes, flips, and originals in time for the fall release of his new EP, So Bad. Enjoy The Eargazm!