Montreal-based producer Kaytranada, real name Louis Kevin Celestin, has been keeping fans waiting for an EP, which was later upgraded to an album on XL Recordings, but yesterday out of the blue, the Vic Mensa collaborator dropped eight brand new tracks on his SoundCloud page.
The eight tracks range from funky disco edits, to soulful, downtempo, trip-hop tunes and straight up house tunes. Many are originals or sample older tracks, but there are more official sounding reworks of tracks like Lucy Pearl's "Don't Mess With My Man."
Some of the tunes sound unfinished, which could be why they were dumped right now if he wanted to focus on other tracks. Kaytranada might have just made the tracks for fun and did not know what to do with them, so releasing them to the public seemed like the best option.
To make things even better, many of the edits and short tracks are available now as free downloads.
Sometimes when artists dump tracks like this for public consumption, with many of them being made available for free download, they can be throwaways. However, Celestin made sure to keep the quality high, even with some shorter, demo sounding tunes.
With SoundCloud's recent rash of takedowns and its more stringent policy towards unofficial remixes, bootlegs and edits, don't be surprised if these get taken down if they weren't cleared first. So that means go and grab them as soon as you can before they potentially disappear.
Fans are still awaiting the debut album from Kaytranada. Ever since he announced the project as an EP titled So Bad first in May 2014, there has been little news since. The Haitian-born producer upgraded the project to a full LP in December 2014, but there has been little evidence of when it might be released.
Stream and download what you can from the eight tracks below.