KAIS & Garrison Cade Created a Meditation in Ambient Old School Hip-Hop with R.E.M. State


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After mesmerising his audience with the mellow beats in his single, R.E.M. State, which featured on his What If I EP, the alt-indie singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, KAIS, answered the call to add an old-school hip-hop top-line to the beat.

In the wake of deciding that Garrison Cade’s cadence and creativity would mellifluously flow with the dreamily ascending cinematic beats, collaborative chemistry soon started to spill as KAIS made his first entry into the hip-hop arena with R.E.M. State. While Cade brings the fervently rhythmic wordplay, KAIS’ beats scintillate through the reconstructed by contrast catharsis.

Garrison Cade has already taken the Canadian West Coast by storm with his alternative/indie band, Sam the Astronaut; now the talented rapper is set for international acclaim as he and KAIS plan further ventures following the reworking of R.E.M. State, which will hit the airwaves on May 30.

KAIS said:

R.E.M. State is the 'Kaytranada - Bus Ride' inspired track that started out as an instrumental on the 'What If I' EP released last February. A few ppl were asking for an old-school Hip-Hop top-line to the beat, and I thought Garrison Cade would make the perfect fit. Garrison is a talented rapper who also fronts 'Sam the Astronaut', a popular Canadian West Coast, Alternative/Indie band. I believe Garrison has the right pre-reqs for someone I could tour or perform a couple shows with at some point.

Amelia Vandergast, the Executive Editor at A&R Factory said:

What does it sound like when two powerhouses collide? Delve into the transcendent depths of R.E.M. State and find out; while we loved the artful ambience of the instrumental iteration for the temperate atmosphere that oscillated through our speakers, the hip-hop revival of the single reached the serendipitous pinnacle of visionary synergy.


Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer KAIS (Kais Khoury) takes the complexities of the human condition as inspiration for his fusionist sound that sonically melds indie, psych, soul-infused blues, rock and folk.

At the outset of his career, he addressed global topics before exploring the drab difficulties and profound beauty of being human. As a lover of the metaphysical, KAIS’ work consists of finding the balance between natural inclinations and the demands in an ego-driven late-stage capitalist world.

In 2014, he took part in the Mayor of London Big Busk and graduated with a diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering. He toured Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle with a full band in 2016 and 2017, received an honorary mention in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition, a Canadian Best Out of Province nomination at the 13th Annual Toronto Independent Music Awards and a Lyrics Finalist position in the 2017 USA Songwriting Competition.

In 2020, KAIS joined the London Indie sync licensing roster, North Note; in 2021, he was interviewed by BBC Radio London host Robert Elms for his 2018 single, Take Me Home.

Source A&R Factory

June 6, 2023 12:34pm ET by A&R Factory  


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