22 years old and making waves across the world with remixes spanning Janet Jackson to Tensnake, self-produced releases, live shows on three continents and production credits: The 405, meet Kaytranada.

The Canadian producer and remixer has already built a strong reputation for merging the sound of late '90s and early '00s Neptune-Timbaland-Dre style hip-hop and R&B with the freshest of styles and current production techniques.

Beyond big distorted drum sound, 1/16 and 1/32 cymbal patterns, heavy basslines and sparse use of samples and synths, the HW&W-signed artist has an unbelievable ear for the slow jams and electrofunk both old and new. Dive into the world of Kaytranada via these five dope choices taken from the producer's Soundcloud page:


Portico Quartet - 'Sleepless' (Kaytranada Remix)

This minimalist and atmospheric track from PQ's 2011 debut, featuring the honeyed vocals of Cornelia, offers up the perfect foundation for the producer to lay his signature heavy kicks and open hi-hats over. The first rework Kaytranada uploaded to Soundcloud two years ago is also one his finest; deep, warm and reverb-heavy. Tagged as #babymakingmusic for good reason.



Kaytranada - 'Killa Cats'

One of the definitive Kaytranada tracks released to date: heavenly synth and voices, a twisting sub-bass and murderous kick-snare-cymbal pairing combine resulting in one of the best vocal-free hip-hop songs of last year. This is the producer at his peak; hi-grade output, beefed up beats spanning 94 boom bap and 2013 trap. A killa cut.



Missy Elliott - 'Sock It 2 Me' (Kaytranada remix)

A subtle treatment of the Timbaland-produced song; bassline and beats fattened with distortion push that '97 sound through the Kaytranada production filter to give it a 21st century edge, minus the Da Brat verse and complete with drop. The remixer does as Missy raps: "when you say go I won't move slow" and the song sounds 10X better for it. You know what to do...



Common - 'I Want You' (Kaytranada remix)

One of the producer's few reworks to feature male vocals plays up the strengths of this 2007 number by veteran MC and actor Common. Accentuated synths and a harder drum pattern fight for space with a floating chorus and funked up bouncing high bass - this is hip-hop in another realm and another frequency, flying high over the original.



Mick Jenkins - 'Rain' (produced by Kaytranada)

The latest joint to be published on the producer's page sees vocal flow from young Illinois rapper Mick Jenkins over cuts from Missy Elliott track 'The Rain', a double tom and snare tap driven rhythm and a mesmeric melodic sample. Standing astride hip-hop and electrofunk while still rolling with the heavy trademark sound, Kaytranada's boot marks are all over this track. Go seek.