Sounds in the Clouds
by: Blaine Skrainka
October 14, 2012
For whatever reason, I’ve come to make SoundCloud my home for all-things-electronic. The Cloud seems to be home to the latest dizzying cuts and remixes from smart DJs and electronic music producers. In this new series, we will ascend to the stratosphere to get lost in beats. You can follow all of our exploits on The WILD SoundCloud page here.
Lulu James is yet another in a burgeoning line of neo-R&B artists — or 21st Century soul as she calls it — coming out of the UK. This classification represents the perfect infusion of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass into pop, and includes the likes of SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Sampha, and AlunaGeorge. If you’ve yet to notice: we are happy about this boom.
A new kid out of Copenhagen, Karen Marie Ørsted is bringing a very cool sound to our ears. MØ will be arriving in New York City next week for three shows in two days for CMJ. In the meantime, get to know her with the cut “Pilgrim.” The track “Maiden” is definitely worth a listen as well.
Simply put, we are crushing hard on AlunaGeorge. The duo have just been signed by Island Records, and we cannot wait for their first full-length album. Last week AG released the lovely downtempo single, “Watching Over You,” as a part of the BBC Radio compilation, Annie Mac Presents 2012. If you’re unfamiliar with the pair, catch up here, then spin the spacey remix of “Your Drums, Your Love.”
Hot off his new record, Out of the Black, Boys Noize, in conjunction with XXXchange, produced this weaponized banger for the ever defiant Peaches. I recently spoke with Alex Ridha (Boys Noize) at a stop in New York City; check out our conversation here.
At its worst, deep house has the effect of a maddening metronome. At it’s best, a beat-induced trance can whisk you away to, well, the clouds. This single from Ben Pearce has been around for a bit, but any house cut that samples a Gil Scott-Heron vocal track is worth having another go.
Special thanks to WILD music contributor Joseph Johnson for sharing his sounds ahead of this piece.