- 99.9%

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Rank: #134 / 722
USER SCORE
77
Based on
281 ratings

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87
Northern Transmissions

From vintage breaks, to all-night warehouse party jams, to mellow vibe soul work, 99.9% is expertly put together.

84
Sputnikmusic

It’s a vintage hip-hop sound, but it’s so many different shades of that vintage that it’s a record that is quintessentially 2016.

84
HipHopDX

He seems to have complete control over the proverbial dance floor, switching up tempos to match the crowd’s mood throughout the 15-track album; this prevents 99.9% from feeling bloated and is yet another reason Kaytranada’s debut album is a resounding success.

83
Consequence of Sound
Whether working in strands of hip-hop, house, funk, or whatever next might come to mind, there’s something inherently glowing about his beats. All those genres are jammed together into a single album, just like they are within Celestin; he finds joy and fun in them all, so why bother trying to deny any of it?
83
Pretty Much Amazing

99.9% could play from start to finish behind a house party, and no one would accuse the setlist of being duplicative or boring.

80
Exclaim!

Taking all of 99.9% into account, it's really no wonder that Kaytranada has become one of the most sought-after producers these days. This will surely mark yet another, even weightier, launchpad for Kaytranada to head skyward, out towards that much-fabled 100%.

80
XLR8R

99.9% is a brilliant, well-realized combination of styles, with more than its fair share of memorable and addictive songs. It’s also a genre-trouncing exercise that you feel, and hope, will have an influence upon other producers Stateside. Kaytranada is certainly a talent to watch.

80
NOW Magazine

At a time when monotone bass is so prevalent, Kaytranada's vividly colourful music stands out all the more, and 99.9% further expands his sound while setting a new benchmark.

80
AllMusic
The assortment of vocalists -- rappers, singers, and a few who pull double duty -- naturally results in a diverse set of perspectives, most of which regard love and relationships of short- and long-term natures. Combined with beats seemingly tailored for each voice, the album could have resembled a disorderly production showcase, yet Celestin applies his experience as a deeply knowledgeable selector to stitch it all together with few obvious seams.
80
Spin

The LP’s sunset pastels and recurring elastic bass lines at times threaten to rob the tracks of their singularities. But 99.9% is a success because Kaytranada fosters an environment where every guest shines.

80
Pitchfork

The genre-defying stew of funk, soul, R&B, and beat and dance music that Kaytranada has cooked up on 99.9% nods back at that heritage of percussion-driven synthesis.

80
Clash

It’s a record stacked with an adeptness of touch from a production standpoint, a modern tapestry that weaves in and out of genres defined by black artists of past.

80
No Ripcord

Louis Celestin’s debut LP is sublimely put together. It is edited to perfection, yet manages to stay both cohesive and disjointed all at once.

70
The 405
To the gustatory synesthete, listening to Kaytranada's music is probably the equivalent of sucking on a pack of Starburst where all the flavours are orange: refreshing at first, if not a bit sickly in the end.
70
Resident Advisor

He's a young artist with diverse taste and a wide knowledge of records, and the raw talent to work those influences into a unique sound.

70
FasterLouder

As much a house record as it is a hip-hop record, 99.9% often defies classification, but never abandons its skew-whiff take on contemporary dance music.

60
DIY
It is a work that threatens to find him in the shadows, leaving the spotlight to bigger names. On the basis of this full-length’s finest moments, he’s better than that.
60
PopMatters

Even though he doesn’t do every genre he attempts equally skillfully, there’s a pop music core to most of these songs that keeps 99.9% listenable throughout.

Aug 22, 2017*
BruhMan
90
FAVORITE TRACKS: Track Uno, Bus Ride, Got It Good, Together, Weight Off, Glowed Up, Lite Spots, Leave Me Alone & Bullets.

LEAST FAVORITE: Drive Me Crazy
May 19, 2016
BuffaloStaple
85
There is actually quite a bit of filler here in all honesty, it's not the most cohesive project, but holy fuck I can't put this thing down, the replay value is fucking insane for me here. Drive Me Crazy, Got It Good, Glowed Up and Lite Spots are some of the most feel-good jams I've heard all year, so despite it's shortcomings, i'm still loving this thing atm.
May 6, 2016
noonoo97
79
Good album has some really experimental and left-field beats and musical influences and where these are present in songs they really shine. But some songs are generally a lot more conservative and bring the album down.
Aug 29, 2017
Jack
73
KAYTRANADA showcases his skills as a producer. This project isn't all that cohesive and has a fair amount of filler, but it is really great. I'm very excited for what KAYTRANADA has in store for us next.
Jun 30, 2017
100
Goldlink's verse is the only thing I dislike about this albunm
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May 6, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL / Label
Electronic / Genres
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Track List
  1. TRACK UNO
  2. BUS RIDE (feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber)
  3. GOT IT GOOD (feat. Craig David)
  4. TOGETHER (feat. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
  5. DRIVE ME CRAZY (feat. Vic Mensa)
  6. WEIGHT OFF (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
  7. ONE TOO MANY (feat. Phonte)
  8. DESPITE THE WEATHER
  9. GLOWED UP (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  10. BREAKDANCE LESSON N.1
  11. YOU'RE THE ONE (feat. Syd)
  12. VIVID DREAMS (feat. River Tiber)
  13. LITE SPOTS
  14. LEAVE ME ALONE (feat. Shay Lia)
  15. BULLETS (feat. Little Dragon)


Added on: April 28, 2016