Been hearing a lot of good stuff via Soundcloud recently so what better than to share it via this blog. I'll keep 'em brief.
I came across Aurora Halal via a random visit to Resident Advisor. I thought she was more of a party organiser and video artist, but then I came across her SC page and found myself getting into the techno tracks she's got up:
Lee Bannon I came across via the Vice journalist Clive Martin on Twitter -- I'm always intrigued when someone mentions jungle so I followed through from his link to Vogue (!) and liked what I heard -- good jungle sounds without much of a retro twist. The track below is his latest effort and has shades of Aphex to it, at least before the main beat kicks in:
I'm liking his spooky Neneh Cherry remix too:
The Guardian has a preview of Cooly G's new album up, and I've managed to hack it and post it below! No idea how long it'll work though. I wasn't prepared to like this cos I heard a mix by Cooly G recently that I didn't like very much, but I'm liking this album. I like the genre I'm starting to think of as digital-soul -- like Aaliyah but made by a wide range of artists today; I'd put the Neneh Cherry remix above into this category too. The Guardian compares the new Cooly G stuff to FKA Twigs; I have to say I prefer Cooly G:
Lastly, Gorgon City, who I heard on Later with Jools Holland yesterday. Poppy-dancey-housey music that seems to be well respected from what I can glean from their SC page (sets from Rinse FM and NTS radio are up there). I heard them and thought "GTI music". What's GTI music? GTI music is music that'll sound good coming out of the speakers in my imaginary new VW Golf GTI. All of these artists could probably go into that category, but these guys the most. Quite like the chunky bassline they're putting in their tracks, but could it get too gimmicky after a while? There's an album sampler up below; check out 'Ready for Your Love' and 'Real':