Kenny Beats, the producer best known for collaborating with the likes of Vince Staples, Denzel Curry, Rico Nasty, and more, has announced his debut solo album, LOUIE, out August 31st via XL Recordings.
The inspiration for LOUIE came about after Kenny Beats learned of his father’s diagnosis with pancreatic cancer while in the UK to produce for IDLES amidst the isolation of COVID. While processing the news, Kenny began to revisit the mixtapes his father made for friends and family containing music ranging from Sade to Willie Nelson to Dr. Dre.
This gave Kenny Beats the idea to create a gift of his own for his father in the form of LOUIE, an almost entirely instrumental album made in December 2021. Clocking in at 33 minutes spread over 17 songs, the album is described as a “hypnotic odyssey of wounded, teardrop soul.” Pre-orders are ongoing. See the artwork and tracklist below.
“I always said that I wouldn’t do a solo album because I didn’t have anything to say. Finally, I did,” Kenny Beats said in a statement. “Something dark turned into something beautiful. This album encapsulated the feeling of that one month.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Kenny has been sharing teasers on his YouTube channel. Check out the latest clip below.
Kenny Beats will play New York City’s Summerstage in Central Park on September 16th. Later this year, he’ll also perform at Miami’s III Points Festival and The Shrine in Los Angeles. Grab your tickets now via Ticketmaster.
03. Hold My Head
04. So They Say
05. Family Tree
09. Get Around
11. Last Words
12. Drop 10
13. The Perch
14. Really Really
15. That Third Thing
17. Hot Hand
Kenny Beats 2022 Tour Dates:
09/16 — New York, NY @ Summerstage in Central Park
10/21 — Miami, FL @ III Points Festival
11/05 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Shrine