May 2016

Jordan Rakei- Blame It On the Youth

Soulful R&B artist” doesn’t quite fit into Jordan Rakei’s mold. He’s developed a lot since the release of his two previous EPs, which caught the attention of Disclosure, and which resultantly lead to Rakei being featured on their Grammy-nominated, highly acclaimed album “Caracal” last year. Beyond that, Rakei has kicked off 2016 on a strong point, having sold out his Australia/New Zealand tour and also his four London shows.

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Sälen – Diseasey

Seven months ago, we were highlighting Sälen as our newcomers of the week. Recently, the trio from London shared a new track. “Diseasey” is another catchy pop song that proves that we were right to bet on them!

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SiDizen King – One Day [Prod. by Confessions]

LA-based artist SiDizen King cements his place on many people’s summer mixtape with this hip-hop/deep house mashup “One Day”, that was produced by Confessions. It is an unusual mix which we love over here at Highclouds! Most artists merge between genres but this combination of summery tropical house topped with sugary smooth lyrics is a mixture which has been underexploited so far and one that SiDizen King combines seamlessly.

WASI – Mama’s Gonna Get You

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They’re back! WASI return with their first release since their stunning debut EP “Bleed Pop”. “Mama’s Gonna Get You” is a punky, poppy number which is hard not to like. Despite talking about frustrating issues that surround society WASI fill this song with an energetic and upbeat rhythm that will raise your spirits.

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Joey Bada$$- Devastated

New York’s favorite badass is back, and he’s on top of the world. Joey Bada$$, leader of one of the East Coast’s premiere hip-hop collectives Pro Era, has released a new track titled “Devastated.” Its mood is not devastating at all, however, for this is a song of hope.

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Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Over the last 8 years, Kristin Welchez aka Dee Dee Penny has driven her band Dum Dum Girls to the top with three acclaimed albums, four EPs, and a host of singles through the group offered indie pop gems inspired by 60s and 80s beats. But one year ago, Dee Dee began to feel limited by that musical style and aesthetic which, as she explained to Filler Magazine, was starting to work against her. She had personally evolved and it was normal for her music to do so as well. Her solution? Adios guitars! Goodbye longstanding producers Sune Rose Wagner and Richard Gottehrer! So-long, Dum Dum Girls! Despite some concerns from her label Sub Pop Records, Dee Dee Penny was put to rest and Kristin Kontrol was born. and “X-Communicate” is her debut project under this new identity.

Olga Bell – ATA (Video)

Brooklyn’s most cherished Muscovite Olga Bell has a new record out. Its title is “TEMPO” and it’s really, really good. What better way to celebrate its release than with an elegant but slightly disquieting video? The video in question is for second single “ATA“, a minimal pulsating track that pays homage to Frank O’Hara and “Moments in Love”.

Fringe Character – Alpine Eyes

The up and coming group Fringe Character don’t call themselves a “hip-hop band.” Rather, they consider themselves a “crew.” This may seem like a trivial detail, but it means much more. With a brand new independent album out called “MINT,” this group’s talent truly comes alive on “Alpine Eyes.”