Soundclouds of the Underground: Summer Jams Edition
ABOVE: A PICTURE OF GORDON VOIDWELL WE STOLE FROM HIS FACEBOOK PAGE.
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 sleuths go 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.
‘Tis the season for bikinis, beers, and, according to the news, blazing hot weather. With great weather comes great responsibility, and we’ve made it our duty as Internet song selectors to share with you three of summer’s most promising jams.
Who: Gordon Voidwell is a producer and singer from the Bronx. He’s been around for a while—he started releasing tracks as Voidwell in 2009—and has worked with some Interview favorites like George Maple. A few months ago, Voidwell released his latest mixtape called Bad Études and we’ve had it on repeat ever since. If there is any justice in this world, other people will start listening to it too.
The Song: Voidwell describes his latest music as, among other things, “Bronx funk.” It’s an appropriate label; every song on Bad Études has a sexy, throwback groove to it that, dare we say it, reminds us of a certain “photogenic child genius” from Minnesota. We like the message presented in “Dig You Out”: “If this world should get you down/to the dirt, to the ground/ I’ll dig you out,” croons Gordon. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Current Project: Voidwell has some pretty exciting stuff in the works, but that’s all we’re allowed to say at the moment. The best way to keep up-to-date with the artist is to follow him on Twitter.
Saint: “Like a Ho”
Who: Saint is a Los Angeles producer who was placed on this Earth to make people twerk. He wildly excels at this task, and slides up and down the dance music spectrum, leaving no ass shake-inducing genre untouched.
The Song: Fergie has never sounded so good. This is an ass-clapping, riotous affair from a man who exclusively makes dance floors wobble around the world. It starts with a rumbling series of bass drops an, in signature Saint style, segues into an eerie bridge of bleeping notes fit for a horror movie.
Who: Released two days ago, “Cashville” seems to be the first song from E• Noon. We really don’t know anything about the artist, except that we hope he (or she or they) sticks around.
The Song: A song for a lazy, sun-dappled summer day, “Cashville” immediately draws you in with an exclamation of the word “damn.” You can listen to clever lyrics (e.g. “running with scissors through a theory of strings”) or get lost in the beat.
Current Project: Follow E.Noon on Soundcloud for future releases.
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