Well doesn’t time fly! We have reached that time in the week again where L Ø S T C U L T U R E look to bring you 9 of the best from the “Cloud of Sound”. This week saw a string of new releases from the US with new tracks from DJ Khaled [‘For Free‘], Drake [‘4am in Calabasas‘] and G.O.O.D Music [‘Champions‘]. We also showcased our new One To Watch with UK singer Tobi Sunmola as well as featuring two up and coming acts, Sheena Evans and Avelino with #LostCultureMeets. This week, we have the pleasure of having our 32nd edition curated by Music Journalis and Digital Music PR Joss ISM. Joss currently works for WIRED PR as well as hosting her own show, The Joss ISM show on Hoxton Radio, every Monday from 8-10am and writing for a number of online publications, including Notion, VICE and Who’s Jack Magazine. So it’s safe to say we’re in safe hands. So sit back, plug-in and relax as we present;
L Ø S T C U L T U R E | Cloud 9: 032.
1. Loyle Carner – Stars And Shards
“Loyle Carner has been in my iTunes library for a long time, i’m a big fan. I think his lyrical content is unrivalled at the moment – he’s so honest and emotive. This video from Anna Ginsburg tells the story so well. Once again – the perfect example of a visual texture perfectly complimenting the audio. It almost gives you the same feeling as when Loyle performs live, but that’s a whole new experience (and one worth having“.
South London MC Loyle Carner has a new track entitled ‘Stars & Shards‘. It got its premiere on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and follows a pair of singles from last year, ‘Ain’t Nothing Changed‘ and ‘Tierney Terrace‘.Keeping with his same detailed storytelling flow and smooth jazz backing we’ve heard on previous efforts, ‘Stars & Shards‘ is sure to grow Carner’s reputation as one of the most exciting new voices in UK hip hop.
“Love Izzy Bizu’s voice, and LOLINGO Has refixed this one to perfection. Elf Kid is on my radar massively, and this is a side to him i hadn’t seen before. Had this one on repeat since i discovered it on Annie Mac’s FMM. I think Izzy Bizu’s tunes lend themselves really well to remixes. Her voice is so fluid“.
Fresh off the back of their huge banger, ‘Golden Boy‘, Elf Kid and fellow Square crew member, producer Lolingo combine again to remix Izzy Bizu. The singer is not new to working with grime acts, after teaming up with Kano and The Heavytrackerz for the ‘White Tiger‘ remix.The pair take the track down a new path, turning Bizu’s soulful ‘Mad Behaviour’ into a spacey and haunting instrumental with a new side to the MC shown as we are treated to fresh heartfelt bars from Elf Kid.
3. Tayá – Sweet Waste Of Time (Conducta Remix)
“Conducta is a fast rising name on the UKG scene. He’s made this Tayá single into a Garage banger – and injected it with some serious new school sounds. His influences are far-reaching and you can really tell in this remix. A firm producer to watch in my opinion“.
Bristol born, London-based producer Conductacontinues to deliver on his promise of providing a fresh approach to UK garage by putting his signature twist on Tayá‘s latest single ‘Sweet Waste of Time‘. Tayá‘s decadent vocals float through the track with swagger, twisting around crystalline beats and lunging into heady highs. Some of the original production is still in place, but Conducta adds more of a danceability element, with additional bass and those signature UKG drums.
4. Kaytranda feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber – Bus Ride
Montreal producer Kaytranada has been putting in serious work in recent years and later this year, he’ll release a new album called 99.9%. In a recent interview with the BBC’s Benji B, Kaytranada said that the LP would feature collaborations with BadBadNotGood and the Internet’s Syd Tha Kid and premiered a new track: ‘Bus Ride, ‘a mellow piece of instrumental boom-bap that features some intricate drum work from the jazz drummer and producer Karriem Riggins.
5. Kiiara – Gold
“This tune came out last year but it’s just been added to the Radio 1 playlist. I’m obsessed. Everything from the rewound vocal, to Kiiara’s voice“.
Kiiara is a 21-year-old pop singer-songwriter from Wilmington, a small Illinois city roughly an hour outside of Chicago. She first received online interest for her song ‘Bring Me Back‘ in 2013, and signed to Atlantic Records last fall after releasing ‘Gold‘ last year. A collaboration with producer Felix Snow, the track takes cues from icy R&B and from glitched-out, spacey dance music, but it also has the wide-open heart of a classic pop song and will feature on forthcoming debut EP Meet Me In The Cornfield.
6. Cadenza – Brunk On
The last few years have seen Cadenza pick up some serious heat. The British producer first blew up in 2013 with the Mad Decent release ‘Gyal Town‘, a 150BPM explosion that spliced the chaotic energy of ragga jungle into the DNA of a wild-eyed trap banger. Since then, the 25-year-old has expanded his palette, producing for Lily Allen and Sean Paul, touring with Major Lazer and writing good-time pop-reggae hits with Stylo G and Busy Signal [‘Foundation‘].
7. Aether – Should Have Known
“I play this everyday. It’s my perfect mellow track. I could work to this on loop without realising it was repeating – just going into a trance. So blissfully beautiful. Love this“.
Jason Taylor, primarily known as Aether, is a young producer/composer hailing from Glenrothes, Scotland. Although not much is known about this producer, the quality of his tracks and production are clearly well polished, and he is definitely an artist to watch in the coming months. He has just dropped his debut project To Meet Is The Beginning Of Partingand his recent releases have shown his credibility within the scene.
8. Flume feat. Vic Mensa – Lose It
Australian producer Flume just dropped his album, Skin, last week, and the project finds him teaming with an eclectic collection of collaborators. One of the records that didn’t get a pre-release push was the Vic Mensa collaboration, ‘Lose It‘. As he’s proved with records like ‘Down On My Luck‘, Vic can do a lot with electro-infused production, and his dynamic performance on Flume’s textural stomper is further indication that he works well within the genre.
9. Mura Masa – What if I go?
“Mura Masa shot onto the airwaves with this one. I love his work, and many of his tunes are criminally under acknowledged if you ask me. This one is by far the most ‘POP’ -and it’s a banger. The video is incredible too – so much emotion in the combination of audio and visual. It’s also a great document of the 90’s resurgence this year“.
‘What If I Go?‘ is smooth to the core and serves as one of Mura Musa‘s best creations to date. The song is stacked to the brim with dreamy synths and lush percussion elements that give off a semi-tropical vibe while the uplifting vocals put down by Bonzai mesh perfectly with the framework. The track further blurs the boundaries of pop music, enforcing that acoustic-meets-electronic sound with a dizzying mix of steel drums and harps over stellar electronic production.