Keys N Krates

Territory: DE | AT

Known for their idiosyncratic and organic sample-driven approach to dance music, Keys N Krates continues to evolve effortlessly with electronic music's swift pace. The Toronto-based trio's unique makeup of a DJ, a keyboardist, and a drummer set them apart in the scene.

In 2018, the group began to pivot towards working with more collaborators and exploring a myriad of sounds — ranging from pop to boom bap and disco to house music — injecting R&B into their style with their debut album, Cura, which featured the likes of 070 Shake, Ambré Perkins, and Tory Lanez. The project would go on to expand their roster of diverse collaborators and set the group's precedence of working with unlikely characters. They released their 2021 pop-leaning second studio album, Original Classic, which would solidify the band as a boundary-breaking crossover electronic act. The album features guest appearances from Juicy J, Chip, and Bibi Bourelly, blending their 808s and sample-chopping sensibilities with Afro rhythms and house influenced grooves, all while continuing to collaborate with vocalists to make left-of-centre, hybrid dance/pop records.

In 2023, Keys N Krates will be delivering their third studio album, IN:TENSION. Showcasing their adaptability and versatility, the dance music-centric record will be an ode to legendary acts like Masters at Work and Armand Van Helden.