These days, music truly lives online, with an infinite number of websites dedicated to hosting tunes for the laptop-wielding masses. However, the web’s bottomless pit of blogs isn’t the only place to troll for mp3 treasures—some of the newest and most exciting (Internet-friendly) artists can be sought out via Soundcloud, the online stage that allows musicians to promote and distribute their music to fans and friends across the globe. In this weekly column, expert Internet sleuth Alex Chapman goes into the depths of the music-sharing site, in hopes of shedding light on emerging acts, as well as sharing some digital diamonds in the rough.
The Internet gives collaboration an elevated fluidity—tracks can go back and forth between talents without any real life contact required. With that in mind, it makes sense that different artists (and specifically producers) working together has become an integral part of the scene, and has allowed acts from all over the world to link up and create. Below we spotlight a few different beatmakers whose recent musical relationships have caught our eyes and ears.
Who: Boulder-born and Brooklyn based, Savoy (a collective made up of DJs Ben Eberdt and Gray Smith as well as drummer Mike Kelly) has gained an impressive following thanks to their creative integration of electronic and live elements. A frequent collaborator of Savoy’s, Chicago’s LoBounce provides a fresh take on electronic bass music, as can be heard with tracks like “RTN” off his EP Raze.
The Song: Although the artists have teamed up in the past, their newest is likely an unexpected track for fans of either act (in the best way possible). Also featuring vocals from Bright Lights, “S.C.R.E.A.M.” is wonderfully smooth and R&B-tinged without losing its electronic edge.
Who: Dubbed by many as the reigning queen of Jersey club, the multi-talented Uniique has been bringing her distinct sound all over the globe, recently playing in Toronto as apart of the Ghetto Gothik team alongside Venus X and Mike Q.
The Song: Uniique recently released The New Klassiks, a mixtape that both highlights Uniique’s production skills, and showcases some of the talent responsible for the Jersey club sound. The tape’s opener (featuring DJ Tricks) is a banger that walks the line between trap and the sounds of Jersey and Balitmore, creating a blend sure to pump up any party.
Who: Chicago natives Zookeepa and Mojek are part of the city’s new crop of eccentric producers playing with the genre of dance music. Zookeepa’s sound seems to stem from chillwave and ’80s influences (see “Abaddon“), whereas Mojek’s ethereal footwork is a new genre in itself (see “I Make U” )
The Song: Today, the two artists released Whole Team Allstars Vol. 1, a highlight of which is “Genre Specific Love Song.” The two make a great team, melding their sounds together into something multi-layered and undeniably fun, with moments that evoke juke, trap, and more.