Today, Toronto-based outfit Keys N Krates officially announce their third studio album, IN:TENSION, a project coming this fall that serves as a union between their lifelong love of house music and their earliest hip-hop origins. The announcement comes alongside the release of a new single, “Higher” out now via Last Gang Records/MNRK.  

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A new milestone for the esteemed trio, IN:TENSION encapsulates the true definition of their style better than ever before. Since gaining notoriety during the mid-2010s, then producing more EDM & trap influenced sounds, Keys N Krates have carefully molded their sound to fit their own tastes, and they’ve done so without sacrificing their signature composition of sampling, synths/keys, and percussion. This is heard perhaps most clearly on today’s new single, “Higher,” which features ecstasy-inducing vocal cuts, a crisp rhythm, and wall-shaking low-end that their longtime fans will continue to enjoy while they introduce themselves to a new segment of clubgoers. 

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The album’s title, “IN:TENSION,” has a double meaning for Keys N Krates. It serves as a hyper-focused body of work for the trio, who previously only dabbled in housey,  four-on-the-floor production. Now, they hone in and embrace it by channeling their musical passion, citing inspiration from house and garage gurus such as Armand Van Helden and Masters At Work.

The title also refers to the intense, energetic nature of the new sound, which will be put on full display during their 16-stop DJ set tour throughout the United States. The IN:TENSION Tour officially kicks off in September, hitting major house/techno-focused cities such as Detroit and Chicago, as well as Seattle, Washington D.C., and more. 

“Higher” follows Keys N Krates’ recent string of house singles “Say You Love Me,” “Get Up,” and “What Girls Do,” in addition to their debut on Defected Records, “What You Done” with Rochelle Jordan.

Keys N Krates Upcoming Tour Dates

September 23 – Flash Rooftop, Washington, DC

October 5 – Soundwell, Salt Lake City, UT

October 6 – 45 East, Portland, OR

October 7 – Meow Wolf, Denver, CO

October 13 – Kingdom, Austin, TX

October 14 – Sunbar, Tempe, AZ

October 15 – Hotel Via, San Francisco, CA

October 20 – Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM

October 21 – Aura, Kansas City, MO

November 10 – Q Nightclub, Seattle, WA

November 11 – Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA

November 17 – El Club, Detroit, MI

November 18 – Sound Bar, Chicago IL

November 30 – It’ll Do, Dallas, TX

December 1 – The Loft, Minneapolis, MN

December 2 – Liquid, Madison, WI