Aside from housing leaked tracks and influencers of the rising third-eye culture, Soundcloud holds the key to thousands of projects that have flown under the mainstream radar.
From D.R.A.M.’s breakthrough track Cha Cha to the slue of Hotline Bling covers that followed suit, Soundcloud gives hard-core music lovers the chance to create the wave for others to ride.
Although unknown to the masses, these five projects have proven to be gems in the 2015 Soundcloud treasure hunt that some partake in on a daily basis.
1) Punch Drunk by Dave B
Known as Dave B – or DaveBSpaceDot if you’re on Twitter — the indie artist delivered his rendition of feel good music in “Punch Drunk,” a nine-track EP that is provided the chill that was needed in 2015.
The project, which dropped, Oct. 30, offered tales of self-discovery, relationships, and illegal pleasures. Blending the experimentalism of new wave hip-hop instrumentals with recycled content that alludes to the early to mid 90s, Dave B created a sincere, yet nostalgic sound.
The soul infused in his music makes it contagious, slowly covering the wound left by Frank Ocean’s musical departure. His mellowness creates positive vibes – offering a break from the turn up that rocks the airwaves.
2) Calling Brio by Amine
Holding down the Westside of Portland is Amine, a starving artist whose drive for recognition is humbled by tribal-inspired instrumentals. With Kaytranada, Tek.Lun, and Pasque´ on production, Amine was able to channel his inner Mowgli and lyrically deliver a feel-good tape.
Showcasing his flexibility, Amine was able to deliver both trap and new wave hip-hop, adding his own style to both. Flipping his pace from rapid to smooth and kosher, Amine’s rhyme scheme is unpredictable, heightening the interest of his entire project.
3) The Beautiful EP by ChanThePharoah
Pounding out six tracks that live up to the project’s, ChanThePharoah fused his Houston roots with the unpredictability of experimental hip-hop. From the subtle bounce association with riddim to the hithat driven knock drafted by the South, he produced pure riding music, mellowing down the hardness of his delivery.
4) Hours Spent Loving You by SPZRKT & Sango
While linking up with Sango — one of Soulection’s most famed producers–, SPZRKT (pronounced Spazzy Rocket) poured his soul in this seven-track project. Though soft spoken, the intimacy behind his lyrics allows him to vocalize his story, complementing the beauty in Sango’s interpretation.
The collaboration between the two evokes happiness, love and beauty, moving a mountain of emotions in those who care to listen.
5) Sang 4 Me by Chavis Chandler
Behind the boisterous raspy voice is a kind-hearted soul whose appreciation for women is showcased throughout his five track EP. Throughout the tape, Chandler willingly confesses his wants and desires with his future maiden, delivering his admiration over coffee shopped-inspired instrumental.
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