Bands We Like: KenLo Craqnuques is the Madlib of Montreal
That’s some moniker.
An African kid based in Montreal, KenLo Craqnuques’ sound is as crunchy and rhythmic as his name. Sometimes his beats are sample heavy ( jazz and soul are his record crates of choice) and at others, he forges the same hip hop sound through synthesized instruments. It always has same feel though; one of smooth funky beats and intriguing loops. KenLo is something like a Canadian Madlib.
KenLo released a series of color-coded mixtapes in 2007, Bleu, Orange, Noir, Rose, etc., building a reputation for himself as a five star beat manipulator. He collaborated with fellow Montreal soul aficionado Vlooper, and most recently, dropped another solo tape in the color series, Brun. KenLo’s brown album has more of a synthesizer edge, with clippy, glitchy beats and sustained drones.
Last year KenLo broke from the color series and dropped Cailloux Germes on Error Broadcast, a brief EP that sounds like what a drunken summer day feels like. Just pop on your shades and check out “Tidal Herbs” to get an idea.
There’s no word on what KenLo has planned for 2011, but it could be anything. Vert, Blanc, Pourpre perhaps? Whatever the flavor, we want to hear it.