The music scene of 2015 is one of the largest of all time and has been expanded further with the rise of podcasts and online radio shows as well. One of the biggest source of music and artists is Soundcloud, with both established musicians and underground rappers and singers making a name for themselves online. In light of this, L Ø S T C U L T U R E have been diving into the depths of the Soundcloud universe to find you the best of new music available. This week, we bring you a perfect mix ideal for any situation, ladies and gentleman – L Ø S T C U L T U R E | Cloud 9: 002.
1.Isaiah Dreads – Fire Flow
Isaih Dreads is one of hottest young rappers in the UK right now and his project Nothin But A Mixtape, released at the beginning of this year, is certainly one to listen to. While the Dorest MC is working on new music, he is always treating his fans to new music, jumping on classic beats and shelling out bars. ‘Fire Flows‘ is a perfect example of this and sees Dreads let loose over an almost haunting instrumental, talking on his stance in music and even dropping a catchy hook.
2. Erykah Badu – Hotline Bling (Cover)
Drake’s wistful late-night booty-call ode ‘Hotline Bling’ has turned into a bonafide sleeper hit and now Erykah Badu has offered her own take on it. Over the course of seven and a half minutes, her version moves from a fairly faithful rendition of the original to a slinky neo-soul slow jam, bisected by a fake hotline skit (“If you’re calling for shit in general, press 4″). Badu is set to drop a full project entitled BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE later this year.
3. A.K. Tribe feat. Tungi Ige – Do It
A.K. Tribe, an intentionally nebulous L.A.-based collective intent on making eclectic, forceful trap/EDM/rock tracks that capitalize on its members’ industry cred without making that the focus. Their newest track, a banger called ‘Do It’ features Tunji Ige in front of an unrelenting beat that never gets lost in its own crescendo. The almost effortless blending of genres makes this track a guaranteed hit for a variety of different listeners.
4. Anna of the North – The Dreamer
Norwegian singer Anna of the North gained attention in 2014 with her expansive, expertly crafted pop music. Capping off the year with the brilliant ‘Oslo‘, she left us eager to hear what’s next from her. Expanding upon the sounds and floral beauty explored in her earlier output, ‘The Dreamer‘ has Anna sounding even better. Its simple but infectious chorus and striking production works wonders in conjunction with her voice.
5. Faze Miyake feat. Sasha Go Hard – Below Me
Anticipation’s building rapidly for the release of Faze Miyake‘s album [out October 2nd]. Having already shared ‘The Nest’ [feat. Little Simz] , he’s just revealed another track from the album, ‘Below Me‘. As with previous cuts from the album, ‘Below Me‘ is a richly-produced track that takes a simple concept and expands on it, taking it to an almost cinematic scale with an ominous chord progression and caustic sonic textures. Props to SGH for an impressive feature!
6. Pizzle – Rap Game
Milwaukee rapper Pizzle is consistently impressing with his tracks and ‘Rap Game‘ is no different. ‘Rap Game’, is pushed by these almost haunting vocal samples, while some intense rattling drum work makes quite a home for the wordsmith to do his thing all matched with crazy lyrics. He speaks about the ways of the “Rap Game”, effortlessly showcasing his style in the process. The track was produced by Bizness Boi & Killa Quisee who certainly didn’t hold back.
7. MiCLOWRY – Restart
Following their recent Z.Dot remix of ‘Supermodels’ with Wiley and Lady Leshurr, MiC LOWRY recently had their track ‘Restart‘ leaked, showcasing the boys more classic, soulful RnB vibe. Conjuring the natural R&B vibes of their inspirations such as Boyz II Men and 112, the five-piece from Liverpool are once again showing their undeniable talent where it matters most – making natural, melodic R&B that remains unique in a scene congested by image.
8. Babatunde – Gotta Go
African/South Florida artist Babatunde first came onto the scene when he dropped his visuals for his track ‘Nasa‘, which was heavily influenced by the trip-hop acts such as A$AP Rocky and Joey BadA$$. Now the rapper has released his first EP entitled 500 Days and one of the standout tracks of the project is ‘Gotta Go’. Standing at 4 and a half minutes, the track feels like a journey as Babatunde consistently switches up the flow and the beat acts accordingly.
9. OG Horse (Dorian Peace feat. JJ) – Sky Blue
In all honesty, this track was found though a number of related and suggested tracks but thought it needed a shout out because the track is a pure banger. OG Horse is a hip hop collective coming out of Birmingham consisting of six individuals including Dorien Peace and JJ who come together for their latest track ‘Sky Blue’, which as a track, slows down to a mixture of hooks and soulful melodies.