If you’re hip to the move at 9:30 Club tonight, you are well aware that Goldlink is headlining the show. Although we are excited to see Link turn up in his hometown, we’re also excited to see Lakim, Esta, Sango, and Joe Kay of the futuristic music collective, Soulection. It’s been a year since the Los Angeles-based collective has performed in the nation’s capital, but since they will be in the city with Goldlink, there’s a lot to be hyped about. Their audience has grown immensely in the recent past and their fans (about 241,000 on Soundcloud alone) are aware of the new age sound supplied by the plethora of artists under the Soulection brand. It’s all good, though, because now that the show has been launched on Beats 1 radio, Soulection is only expanding even more.
To get you excited about the performance tonight, we’ll be supplying you with five dope songs that you should definitely have your rotation. From futuristic bangers to mellow edits, we’ve got some fire to get you hip to a group of artists that are dope and culture-bending at the same time.
OriJanus – Special Delivery 15
If you were raised in the 90’s and 00’s, you’re well aware of the Bad Boy classic “Special Delivery.” It’s been over a decade since the original dropped and many of the members that contributed to the hit have faded away. OriJanus of Soulection blessed our 4th of July Weekend with a 2015 edit of the cut. Outside of the memorable synths from the original, this remake is more of a banger. We recommend you to bump this in the car, with the bass on 100.
Lakim – GoldLink Mix
Although the Soulection crew has many artists based out of California, there are many producers under the brand that are based in other states, even other countries. Luckily for us StereoChamps, we have Lakim down the street from us. Earlier this summer, the Virginia producer dropped a crucial mix to kick off Goldlink’s tour, which included a ton of unreleased material that he’s made. So what if we’ve put a 30-minute mix on here as a song, you’ll still jam to it like we did.
Sango x Kaytranada – Down4U
Looking for one specific Sango song as a recommendation is as hard as looking for a needle in a haystack. That may sound very cliched, but when you have a producer that has made tons of dope music either by himself or with a a diverse range of talented artists, it can be very difficult to recommend just one track. What makes “Down4U” worth recommending over the many others is that not only is it an incredibly dope banger with a future twist, but it’s also a collaboration with Kaytranada. If you didn’t know – this is the dream team of future beats! Kaytranada’s signature synths captures the ears of the listeners – but when that bass drops, it’s all over.
Joe Kay – D’Angelo: Spanish Joint (Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit)
When you talk about Soulection, you can never leave out Joe Kay. He is the founder, radio host, and head A&R of the collective/show/record label. Though he might oversee many of the artists on the label, Kay has a couple of tracks of his own as well. These cuts are “slowed-down” versions of both new and classic tracks. One of the most memorable for us is his edit of D’Angelo’s gem from Voodoo, “Spanish Joint.” Although the original holds a balance of being upbeat and cool, Joe Kay’s edit adds a different tone, and can create a different vibe for a different environment.
Esta – Childish People (ft. Masego)
Over the last few months, Esta’s been supplying heat on his Soundcloud. Remixes, edits, original content – you name it. Like Sango, Esta’s catalog is also so huge that it can be a bit difficult to find one song that is his best. With that being said, “Childish People” is a song that you definitely need in your life. The cut features a beautiful blend of Phony Ppl’s “Why iii Love the Moon” and Childish Gambino’s “Sober” along with Masego’s jazzy interface to make things even more interesting.
After hearing all of these tracks, we hope you’re excited about the performance tonight. Soulection is definitely a collective worth keeping your eyes and ears on. Keep it locked for a recap.