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Polaris winner Kaytranada feeling more whole with new 90-minute mixtape

Kaytranada poses for a photo after being awarded the 2016 Polaris Music Prize in Toronto on Monday, September 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Kaytranada poses for a photo after being awarded the 2016 Polaris Music Prize in Toronto on Monday, September 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO — Winning the Polaris Music Prize is giving Kaytranada reason to feel a little more whole as an artist.

The Haitian-Canadian producer surprised fans late Wednesday by dropping a new 90-minute mixtape called "0.001% ???" on his SoundCloud page.

The title is a direct reference to his most recent album "99.9%," which took home the Polaris prize on Monday.

Featured in the mix are samples from Kaytranada's previous collaborations with other musicians, as well as his own remix of Usher's "U Don't Have to Call" and Chance the Rapper's "All Night."

Overall, the sound keeps in step with his late-night melange of funk, soul, hip hop and disco.

"Strictly for Kaytranada fans," he tweeted shortly after posting the mixtape.

Kaytranada's name is also attached to "The Move," a new song released by Portland, Ore., songstress Reva Devito on Thursday.

It's been a stellar week for the Montreal-raised producer, who beat out big names like Carly Rae Jepsen and Grimes to take home the Polaris album honour.

Along with the bragging rights of the title, he also won a $50,000 prize.

After winning, Kaytranada took to Twitter to express his disbelief and highlight a congratulatory phone call he received from rapper Wyclef Jean.

"U don't know how that is from a Haitian to another!" he tweeted.

Kaytranada is in the midst of a world tour that will stop in Vancouver on Sept. 30 before heading to other North American cities like New York and Chicago. He will then travel to Australia and New Zealand for a run of dates in late October.

 

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Hear Kaytranada's "0.001% ???" on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/kaytranada/0001a