Congratulations to Kaytranada for winning the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for his album 99.9%! Last night, the uber talented musician and producer from Montreal was the recipient of the prestigious music award given annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit. At the age of only 24 years old, Kaytranada made huge waves in the dance music scene this year with the release of his debut album 99.9% in the month of May. Featured on the album you will find huge names including, Craig Davis, Aluna George, BadBadNotGood and Anderson .Paak (see below).
The album is full of warm groovy melodies and intoxicating thumpings of drum beats which create a sound that transcends genre. A perfect blend of funk, hip hop, r&b, electronic, and dance allows for him to achieve such a diverse following and widespread fanbase. Being a first time nominee for the Polaris Prize, Kaytranada accepted the prize humbly. The night was also one to remember, as 99.9% will go down as the first ‘hip-hop’ album to have ever won the prize.
The other albums which completed this year’s short-list included: White Lung – Paradise, U.S. Girls – Half Free, PUP – The Dream is Over, Grimes – Art Angels, Jessy Lanza – Oh No, Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion, Black Mountain – IV, Basia Bulat – Good Advice, Andy Shauf – The Party
Listen to Kaytranada latest release ‘Light Spots’ below: