And he’s done it again. Just over a year since the release of his award-winning album BUBBA, Montreal-based Kaytranada uncovers his first release of 2021 with the latest single, Caution.
Kaytranada caught mainstream attention back in 2016 with his eclectic, genre-defying ‘99.9%‘ album. With features from the likes of Craig David, BADBADNOTGOOD and Vic Mensa, the album encompassed everything from hip-hop, funk and soul to electronic dance music, crafting the unmatched legacy of Kaytranada.
He debuted his February release, ‘Caution‘, on Tiktok for the apps Black History Month initiative, signing the two-and-a-half-minute instrumental with his ever-distinctive sound. Curated with groovy synths and powerful kicks, ‘Caution’ certainly has a playful energy. It’s no surprise, then, that this head-turning audio-loop is being used as a soundtrack for visual social media content.
But don’t be deceived – ‘Caution’ is anything but a backing track. Self-described as ‘something to move to’, the tune is fused with disco, funk and house – exactly the kind of subtle bounce to get you off of the sofa and cracking open the beers on a Friday night. The song arrives after the artist casually Tweeted that he’s ready to move on to producing new music, and asked his fans if they want to hear his BUBBA remixes. Umm? We’re ready.
The cover artwork, depicting a classic black vinyl-disc, evokes the artist’s intrinsic connection to vinyl as a physical medium. He dives into his relationship with record collecting and sampling in Pitchfork’s new two-part documentary featuring Madlib, Driven by Sound. The pair have even joined forces to produce a fresh 7” exclusive record, available only to Vinyl Me, Please subscribers.
In the meantime, you’ll catch us grooving in our kitchens to ‘Caution‘, as we eagerly await the BUBBA follow-up and the sweet sound of Kaytranada punching through the mainstage speakers at a festival this summer.
You can listen to the official audio for ‘Caution’ by KAYTRANADA below!
Words: Emma McGarry