For our second installment of Auralgasm we’ve picked four of the hottest tracks off the Soundcloud press. This installment features tracks from HW&W Records’ Ackryte, number one producer, songwriter and remixer Starsmith, Parisian beatsmith Keor Meteor, and Richmond, Virginia native Ohbliv.
Ackryte – Lazy Susan
Born in Minneapolis, Ackryte grew up in a small town in rural Wisconsin. He’s played the piano since the age of 6 and started to utilise samples and loops in High School to make hiphop instrumentals, house, and drum n bass.
Starsmith – Zeros
Fin Dow-Smith is Starsmith, he collaborated with Ellie Goulding on her Number 1 [and one of my favorites] album, Lights, co-writing five of the tracks and producing most of them. Starsmith has also remixed several high-profile releases, for mainstream to more indie types, including singles by Lady Gaga, N.E.R.D, Katy Perry, Bombay Bicycle Club, Little Boots, Marina & The Diamonds, Paloma Faith, Penguin Prison, Frankmusik and Timbaland.
Keor Meteor – Gardening Tips
26 year old Parisian beatmaker Keor Meteor has been aking beats since 2005. The funky Frenchman has not only adopted some of the soul-slicing style of Madlib, Dilla and Premo but also their prolific release rate. Currently on his seventh free EP release this year, he has also found time to produce the Classique album with Yamio263 and Dennis Dove as well as winning a national remix competition for French MC Youssoupha. Despite modern techniques, Keor is stoically committed to golden era production and has no interest in moving beyond gorgeous jazz and soul samples and infectious spoken-word hooks.
Ohbliv – Gawdhour
Richmond, Virginia native Obliv began his mission in making music at the age of 12. As he didn’t have a sampler he would make pause tapes, “I remember looping up the end of Lyrics 2 Go by A Tribe Called Quest tape many times.” Obliv is drawn to anything that sounds interesting whether its jazzy chords, raggedy guitar riffs, dusty drums and he’s a big fan of the sounds he grew up listening to “Smooth jazz and RnB, smooth rock some would call yacht rock, and of course soul music.