KAYTRANADA - Bubba
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Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #186 / 625
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Based on 255 ratings
2019 Ratings: #548
December 13, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Pitchfork

With an exceptional collaborative spirit and a highly refined sound, Kaytranada blesses this woeful decade with one last great dance record.

80
Exclaim!

Though some might argue the new album doesn't go far enough to deviate from Kaytranada's tried-and-true formula, BUBBA presents a much more cohesive effort and united front from start to finish.

80
Northern Transmissions

Kaytranda expands on the sonic palate of his debut and has crafted an album that will please fans and newbies alike.

80
The Line of Best Fit

A record which builds on its predecessor's legacy, albeit directed a little more consciously at the dancefloor.

80
musicOMH

A record that’s packed with goodies and effortlessly cool.

80
NME

Kaytranada's stripped-back follow-up to 99.9% makes a late surge for the year's most addictive club record.

72
Paste

The new LP is a touch less bombastic than its predecessor, but its freedom and euphoria arrive via beats not all that different from Kay’s past tunes.

70
Clash

It is a mixed bag in every sense – starting from Kaytranada’s very own USP, a genre-defying lo-fi neo soul generated by a sophisticated sound palate, that made him famous.

BuffaloStaple
80
Albums that fall into the ballpark of electronic beat music always work best when each song follows a consistent theme or tone in my eyes, and I think Kaytranada gets that. I've been seeing some people say that the album suffers from being 'samey', and I can understand that, Kaytranada's style isn't the most eyebrow raising thing in the world so hearing that for 50 mins could be tiring for some, but for me personally the fact that it's 'samey' is by far its absolute biggest strength. 'Bubba' ... read more
El_Bark
70
quality-wise, i started to notice how some of the beats were a bit "samey". BUT WE NEED MORE MUSIC THAT GETS YO ASS UP AND WANNA DANCE AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT KAYTRA DID HERE, I'VE PLAYED "GO DJ" ABOUT 100 TIMES
PatrickL0419
81
shit bumps
DCCXX
29
In ways similar to my first listen throughs of Apollo XXI by Steve Lacy, Toro y Moi's Outer Peace and Solange's When I Get Home, I just kept asking when the album would start. The first five tracks on BUBBA don't really have anything to sink your teeth into, and just feel in a confused midpoint between mixtape demo and studio track. The only real memorable track doesn't come until nearly twenty minutes in, with the track Need It. With an part-ethereal, part-groovy instrumental that juxtaposes ... read more
aaron
55
A producer, such as Kaytranda should be making some of the most exciting albums around. With a posse of close artists he produces for and who would give a fuck about appearing on his track.

However, what this record reads like, is a bunch of artists who are giving a maximum of 10% with some of the dullest songwriting I've heard all year. Its clear Kaytranda has a signature sound, this futuristic dance fusion. The kind of tune Frank Ocean has been playing around. A Jamiroquai-y artists dream ... read more
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Year End Lists

#14/Magnetic
#45/The Line of Best Fit

Track List

  1. Do It
  2. 2 The Music (feat. Iman Omari)
  3. Go DJ (feat. SiR)
  4. Gray Area (feat. Mick Jenkins)
  5. Puff Lah
  6. 10% (feat. Kali Uchis)
  7. Need It (feat. Masego)
  8. Taste (feat. VanJess)
  9. Oh No (feat. Estelle)
  10. What You Need (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)
  11. Vex Oh (feat. GoldLink, Eight9fly & ARI)
  12. Scared To Death
  13. Freefall (feat. Durand Bernarr)
  14. Culture (feat. Teedra Moses)
  15. The Worst In Me (feat. Tinashe)
  16. September 21
  17. Midsection (feat. Pharrell Williams)
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