The first installment of Resonance highlighted a wide variety of my musical interests, ranging from euphoric beats to club heavy records. This week, I have narrowed my lens to focus on a unique music community with heaps of talented artists who are pushing forward honest music.
Soulection is a label, radio show, and collective based out of Los Angeles. They feature musicians who come from all corners of the world, all with a unique sound and aesthetic. I love this label because of its dedication to curating tunes that shatter creative boundaries. Soulection is music for the soul and is the top of my list for a “Soundcloud and chill” session.
So without further ado, I present to you my five favorite tracks from Soulection’s stacked roster.
1. ESTA – WhateverUNeed feat. JBird
ESTA, the Filipino producer and DJ, has gone from making beats in his bedroom to being one of Soulection’s main frontrunners. My favorite aspect to ESTA’s productions is its compactness. His songs maintain so many layers and elements while simultaneously creating a single journey through a sonic story. “WhateverUNeed” is the smooth, sophisticated, and soulful R&B groove that hits you right in the feels.
2. Galimatias & Joppe – One Step Back feat. GoldLink
A collaboration between Virginia based lyricist GoldLink and Denmark’s impressive production duo Galimatias & Joppe, “One Step Back” is a big step forward. GoldLink’s unique voice and flow feels very refreshing in a static hip hop scene. I love to see artists collaborate and do hip-hop their own way, taking risks and breaking typical templates.
3. Sam Gellaitry – Waiting So Long
I love this record. It possesses soul, groove, and a phat bassline with crisp percussion work, and it’s a staple of my set that always kills it on the dancefloor. Shoutout to Sam G who was only 16 years old when he created “Waiting So Long.” This kid has a bright future ahead of him.
4. Mr. Carmack – Pay (For What)
Mr. Carmack is the Mozart of the beat game, so picking out a record to represent him was very difficult. His productions span the genres of Trap, EDM, R&B, and Hip-Hop. So ultimately, I decided to showcase the song that made me fall in love with his revolutionary style. “Pay (For What)” is a neck breaker. With distorted 808s, a Waka Flocka sample, and grimey synths, this song gets me too hype, something that often occurs when I listen to Carmack.
5. Ta-ku – Love Again feat. JMSN & Sango
Aussie beatmaker Ta-Ku’s second EP “Songs To Make Up To” is filled to the brim with emotional masterpieces such as “Love Again.” Getting soulful singer JMSN on this track was the right move. This song takes the listener on a journey through the struggles of ending a relationship to loving again. A fitting conclusion to my soulection of tunes for this week.