Album: Yes
Label: Universal
Rating: *** 1/2

Since Kheaven Brereton released his first record in 2003, he’s been masterfully melding rock, hip-hop and R&B into a thought-provoking cross-genre soup of sounds. On his latest, however, the Trinidadian-born, Toronto-raised musician dives full force into rap, leaving the more “rock” rhymes to Emily Haines, Nelly Furtado and other Canadian artists. Yes is probably k-os’ most focused, and intriguing record to date. Minimalist electro-drums on Astronaut, the Love Buzz bass line on Uptown Girl, and a weird use of the OC’s theme song prove that even though there aren’t any big riffs, Brereton’s still got plenty of tricks up his sleeve.

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