Since forming over a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass- centric, sample-driven sound which melds the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group—composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Gregory Dawson—has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
Keys N Krates first broke into the mainstream in 2013 with the SOLOW EP, featuring the breakthrough single “Dum Dee Dum,” which received gold certification in the US in 2017. Reflecting a sonic evolution many years in the making, their debut album Cura saw Keys N Krates evolving from revered instrumental beat-makers into musically sophisticated producers and songwriters.
Cura embodies Keys N Krates’ matured style of now: soulful electronic music created with an organic touch, allowing for open experimentation and sonic curiosity. In 2019, Keys N Krates self-released a new project titled A Beat Tape For Your Friends. The project displays them “paying homage” to beloved influences like J Dilla’s Donuts. The all instrumental project is composed of 11 tracks and features California based producer Jansport J. Subsequent to the project’s release, Keys N Krates embarked on a tour spanning across the US and Canada.