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Keys N Krates
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2008 (2008)-present
LabelsDim Mak Records, Mad Decent
  • Jr. Flo
  • Matisse
  • Adam Tune

Keys N Krates is a Canadian electronic music band formed in 2008 out of Toronto, Ontario. The group consists of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo (Greg Dawson).[1] The band started as a live hip-hop act reliant on rough a cappella loops on top of heavy bass-driven beats, and have since become a tight-knit trio of producers/performers.[2]


2013: SOLOW EP

In 2013, Keys N Krates released their EP titled SOLOW on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. The first single off of the EP, "Treat Me Right" was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 program and received support from electronic music artists Diplo, Major Lazer, Flosstradamus and TNGHT.[3]

Their second single off of SOLOW, "Dum Dee Dum" was also premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 program.[4] The music video for "Dum Dee Dum" was directed by Amos LeBlanc.[5] The video was nominated for a Prism Prize in Canada, as well as a Berlin Music Video Award in Germany.[6][7] Keys N Krates later remixed the track which featured G.O.O.D. Music’s Cyhi The Prynce, King Louie, and Tree.[8] On September 23, 2016, "Dum Dee Dum" was certified Gold by The Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 units.[9]

A remix by the DJ JiKay gained significant attention on YouTube.

2014: Every Nite EP and Singles

In June 2014, Keys N Krates teamed up with Canadian producer/DJ Grandtheft and released the single Keep It 100 on Diplo's Mad Decent Records.[10] The single was later featured in a TV ad for the animated film Minions (2015).[11]

In September 2014, Keys N Krates released their second EP via Dim Mak Records titled Every Nite. The first single off of the EP titled "Are We Faded" was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 program as well as the YouTube channel All Trap Music.[12][13] The release of Every Nite ran in conjunction with the band's first headline tour across North America.[14]

2015-16: Midnite Mass and Singles

In June 2015, Keys N Krates released the single Save Me featuring British pop singer/songwriter Katy B. The single was featured on Pitchfork Magazine and was later nominated for 'Dance Recording Of The Year' at the 2016 JUNO Awards.[15][16] The Fader premiered their next single, "U Already Know", online and announced the release of their next EP titled Midnite Mass along with a coinciding tour.[17] The track "Nothing But Space", featuring Aqui, off of Midnite Mass was premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio program on January 6, 2016.[18]

On January 15, 2016, Keys N Krates released Midnite Mass making it their third EP release on Dim Mak Records. The release ran in conjunction with the Midnite Mass Tour, with dates across the United States and Canada featuring support acts Stooki Sound, Hermitude, GANZ and Jesse Slayter.[19]

2018: Cura

On February 2, 2018, Keys N Krates released their debut album Cura on Dim Mak Records . The album consists of 9 songs and features artists such as New Orleans based R&B singer/songwriter Ambré Perkins,[20] Grammy Award nominee Tory Lanez, and up and coming hip-hop artist 070 Shake (G.O.O.D. Music).[21] Keys N Krates also set out on the 'Cura World Tour', with dates spanning across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Hungary and more [22] 'Cura World Tour' is Keys N Krates' third major headline tour. The album's title track, "Cura", went on to be nominated for a Juno Award in 2019.

2019: A Beat Tape For Your Friends

In July 2019, Keys N Krates self-released a new project titled A Beat Tape For Your Friends. On a statement released by the band, the project displays them "paying homage" to beloved influences like J Dilla's Donuts.[23] 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.[24]


Extended plays

  • Blackout (2011)
  • Lucid Dreams (2013)
  • Solow (2013)
  • Every Nite (2014)
  • Midnite Mass (2016)
  • Cura (2018)
  • A Beat Tape For Your Friends (2019)


  • "Treat Me Right" (2013)
  • "Dum Dee Dum" (2013) (US: Gold)
  • "Keep It 100" (2014)
  • "Are We Faded" (2014)
  • "Save Me" (featuring Katy B) (2015)
  • "I Know U" (2015)
  • "U Already Know" (2015)
  • "Glitter" (featuring Ambré Perkins) (2017)
  • "Flute Loop" (featuring Ouici) (2017)
  • "Do What U Do" (2018)
  • "My Night" (featuring 070 Shake) (2018)
  • "My Soul Is Falling" (2018)[25]
  • "Getaway" (featuring Mickey Shiloh) (2018)

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Nominated Work Result
2014 The Association for Music and Innovative Arts Prism Prize "Dum Dee Dum" Nominated
The Berlin Music Video Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Much Music Video Awards Dance Video of the Year Nominated
2015 Much Music Video Awards Best EDM/Dance Video "Keep It 100" - Grandtheft & Keys N Krates Won
Best Director Nominated
Best MUCHFact Video Nominated
2016 Juno Awards Dance Recording of the Year "Save Me" (feat. Katy B) Won
2016 The Recording Industry Association of America Gold Certification "Dum Dee Dum" Won
2019 Juno Awards Dance Recording of the Year "Cura" Nominated


  1. ^ "Keys N Krates are warmer and more soulful than their contemporaries on Cura". NOW Toronto. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Bio". Keys N Krates. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  3. ^ Grimalda, Matthew. "Keys N Krates New Single 'Treat Me Right' Out March 5th + Free BBC Radio 1 Guest Mix". Mix Junkies. Archived from the original on 2014-11-05.
  4. ^ Gauthier, Tim. "Out Now: Keys N Krates – Dum Dee Dum (Single)". Dim Mak Records.
  5. ^ Saunders, John. "Keys N Krates – "Dum Dee Dum" [Video]". Earmilk.
  6. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Videos by Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad Nominated for Prism Prize". Exclaim!.
  7. ^ "The first Nominees for the Berlin Music Video Awards 2014".
  9. ^ "Keys N Krates song 'Dum Dee Dum' is certified Gold by the RIAA".
  10. ^ "Grandtheft & Keys N Krates - Keep It 100 (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Mad Decent. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  11. ^ "MINIONS - TV Spot #4 (2015) Despicable Me Spinoff". Monde Animation.
  12. ^ "Annie Mac BBC Radio 1 Premiere of "Are We Faded"". Soundcloud. Keys N Krates. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Get 'Faded' With The Latest Offering From Keys N Krates New EP 'Every Nite'". The DJ List. Amanda Pearl. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  14. ^ Buerger, Megan. "Exclusive: Keys N Krates Announce New EP and Major U.S. Tour". Billboard.
  15. ^ Lau, Melody. "Keys N Krates - Save Me (feat. Katy B)". Pitchfork.
  16. ^ "2016 JUNO Awards Nominess" (PDF).
  17. ^ Thomas, Amara. "Keys N Krates Announce Midnite Mass EP, Share "U Already Know"".
  18. ^ Yau, Jeffrey. "Keys N Krates Debuts New Single On Zane Lowe Beats 1, EP + Tour To Follow Soon". Your EDM.
  19. ^ Middleton, Ryan. "Keys N Krates Midnite Mass Tour: Ganz, Hermitude, Stooki Sound Supporting N.A. Dates". Music Times.
  20. ^ "Glitter (feat. Ambre) on iTunes".
  22. ^ Rishty, David. "Keys N Krates Break Down Their Debut Album 'Cura': Exclusive". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Keys N Krates Release Smooth, Dilla-Inspired Project 'A Beat Tape For Your Friends'". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Keys N Krates A Beat Tape For Your Friends Tour Poster". Instagram. Keys N Krates. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  25. ^ "Premiere: Keys N Krates Return With Hypnotic New Single "My Soul Is Falling"". Complex. August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.

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