What a time to be alive! L Ø S T C U L T U R Ecelebrate the 30th edition of their weekly feature and what a run it has been – featuring over 250 artists – both up and coming and well known names. We have had Twitter going crazy with every addition and our mailbox regularly fills up with new requests for the list. In the run up to our half a century , we look to keep the momentum running with new themes and a heap of guests to curate our lists. In this week in music, we had a welcome return for Clams Casino with ‘Blast‘ and girl trio M.O blessed us with new visuals for their track ‘Who Do You Think Of?‘. We also had new videos from Joshua Luke Smith [‘Carry Me‘] and Bonkaz [‘Heart‘] while Adian Coker dropped his long awaited EP Connect. The females were out in force with Charlotte Turnbull releasing ‘Sundown‘ and we sat down with Liana Bank$ for our latest edition of #LostCultureMeets. But with every week comes a string of new releases and as always, we have worked to find you 9 of the best from the “Cloud of Sound”. So sit back, plug-in and relax as we present;
L Ø S T C U L T U R E | Cloud 9: 030.
1. Scavenger Hunt – Scavenger Mixtape
Scavenger Hunt is the brainchild of producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Mufson and vocalist/songwriter Jill Lamoureux. He was transfixed by her haunting vocals and approached her after the show. Soon the two were inseparable in the studio, writing music for television commercials, which quickly led to writing songs. They discovered their eerily similar tastes in music spanning many eras and genres, and started creating their own sound, influenced by their shared love of 80s/90s pop and R&B, but with a distinctly fresh, modern vibe that pulls from the sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Annie Lennox, Sade, Simple Minds, Robyn and Dev Hynes. Seeking to round out their sound, the duo grew into a 4piece and Scavenger Hunt was born.
2. High Rule – FOMO
Back with another cross-genre single, Chicago based duo High Rule explodes with their own unique fusion of hip-hop and alternative R&B. Their debut single ‘Touch‘ drew attention after peaking at the #2 position on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart and now they have released the first single off their forthcoming debut In Real Life EP, ‘FOMO‘. High Rule return with their snappy lyrics and playful wit on this bright and bubbly house beat. They are quickly becoming a pertinent part of the pop-rap uprise, blending their soulful hip hop spirit with a modern electronic sound. The duo fed off the energy of Coachella, spinning its inspiration into a vibrant and whimsical music video. ‘FOMO‘ is just another showcase of High Rule’s unparalleled artistry.
3. PROSE – Further
After being signed by high profile Brit producer Naughty Boy to his own record label, Manchester band PROSE have been on a steady upwards trajectory and proving themselves to be an incredibly promising new voice in British music. Previous single ‘Home of the Brave‘ saw them receive great radio support from BBCRadio 1’s Phil Taggart and, incredibly impressive for a new band, a cover story in the Manchester Evening News Entertainment supplement City Life. Their new track ‘Further‘, taken from their upcoming album Home of the Brave, is a perfect distillation of everything that makes the band great, anthemic tales of life and love growing up in Manchester council estates.
4. Cairobi – Lupo
Cairobi are a headily eclectic globe-crossing fourpiece of Giorgio Poti, Alessandro Marrosu, Salvador Garza and Aurelien Bernard. Their psych-pop, world music bordering sound reflects their various backgrounds from Italy and Mexico via France, and has received support from the likes of 6Music and Huw Stephens. Their new track ‘Lupo‘ follows the bands 2014 Distant Fire EP and the single ‘Gristly Words‘, which is taken from their forthcoming debut record along with EP track ‘Zoraide‘. ‘Lupo‘ is a hypnotically lush yet despondently exultant track featuring exotic grooves and synth-dappled haziness. The finished record has an inventive hazy psychedelic sound with gorgeous pop-song structures and experimental arrangements.
5. SNE – Sorry For The Wait
Hackney’s “Golden Child” SNE is no stranger to the streetbuzz. Following the trap hit ‘Rico Rodrigo‘, the soulful ‘Tiana Major‘ and the recent collaboration with Nadia Rose on ‘Goku‘; the East Londoner is back with ‘Sorry For The Wait‘ and he’s not taking things calmly. Fully embracing his self-coined genre “Trillful”, blending a fusion of Rap, Trap and R&B soul SNE gives fans a dose of his street side. Verses filled with punchlines and intricate word play, as well as a diverse range of vocal ability and rap finesse has seen SNE gain a solid following online. Also focusing on creating ‘quality’ visuals to reflect his Trap, R&B and elements of grime sounds, SNE takes pride in his craft and pushes the art of every element.
6. Cheney – Astronomy
Presented by exciting new London-based independent label The Good Vibe and with sound compared to Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd, London native Cheney is proud to announce her debut EP The Coming and has dropped her latest single, ‘Astronomy‘. Led by a gloriously ethereal and gripping musical backdrop of dense basslines, tinkering drum patterns and brooding vocal melodies, ‘Astronomy‘ sees Cheney bemoaning her ex-lover and all of his ‘drama’ in [the most] fiery and relatable fashion, as she sings, “I don’t want another f**kboi […] I need myself a man”. Underpinning the captivating music and her relatable lyrics, Cheney’s soothing tone and beautiful vocals come to the fore, to excellent effect.
7. Jorja Smith – Where Did I Go?
Rising singer Jorja Smith connects with talented West London producer Cadenza for her new powerful single, ‘Where Did I Go?’. The rich and soulful track follows up her singles, ‘A Prince‘ with Maverick Sabre and 2015’s standout debut track ‘Blue Lights‘. Jorja’s voice serenades the laidback beat by Cadenza who gave us all a heads up that he’d been working with the Walsall-born newcomer on Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show last week. Jorja Smith has an incredible voice rooted in traditional R&B while managing to draw you in with an alluring soundscape. With only three singles under her belt, the 18-year-old singer/songwriter is off to an incredible start, and it undoubtedly has listeners looking forward to what she has planned next.
8. Demise Blue – fr fr
With names like Macklemore and Sir Mix-A-Lot hailing from Seattle, it can always seem hit and miss when new artists emerge from the state. Keeping his releases consistent [following previous track ‘Like This‘], Demise Blue is sharing new music once again but it’s not like anything we’ve heard before. Tackling a more trap-inspired production, ‘fr fr‘ is produced by SoloMitch! and sees Blue taking on the beat with ease while simply “having some fun with it” as he mentioned to The 405. It features a hard hitting hypnotic sound with Demise Blue supplying a simple but infectious hook. The 24 year old brings nothing but passion in his tracks and his new release is really no different, showing that he is certainly one to watch in 2016.
9. KwolleM feat. Mr Eklipse, Mic Ty and Rayf – East Manna Man
KwolleM, a producer who rose to the scene;s attention earlier in 2015 with his remix of ‘Bad Boy‘ by Skepta, honed in on the sound he and his clique have been meticulously crafting: Mellow Grime. New track ‘East Manna Man (Newham)‘ is an ode soundtrack to all who inhabit East London/Newham. It’s almost thematic for Newham to be mentioned when KwolleM is involved with the Logo being the centre piece of the Mellow EP cover. ‘East Manna Man‘ starts with brief reminiscing of growing up in East Ham, before the gentle melodies of Stephanie Mills drift into the harsh, but weirdly complimentary vocals of Grime MC Eklipse in true Mellow Grime fashion. Similarly to previous release ‘Bad Boy Sound‘, the track enters a darker, more grime vibe at the end featuring Mic Ty & Rayf.