Earning over one million SoundCloud plays in two weeks for a remix is enough to inflate anyone’s ego. But for humble 23-year-old Norwegian producer Gerard Taylor, better known as Jerry Folk, it simply meant taking his studio time more seriously.
“It’s a great achievement,” Jerry admits. “But it was an accomplishment that was followed by a lot more work. The more recognition the music gets, the more hours I have to put in to feel worthy of whatever recognition I’m getting.”
Growing up, Jerry spent his time playing drums in a band, breakdancing in the streets of Oslo, scouring obscure Eastern European electro blogs and finding inspiration in Norwegian artists such as Röyksopp, Lemaitre and Todd Terje.
When he was 17, his production career took flight with the release of ‘The Kids Tape’ EP. Meshing the sprightly leads of his Scandinavian counterparts with his appreciation for expressive r’n’b vocals, funk and Soulection-esque hip hop stylings, he concocted a delectable dancefloor formula that drove hordes of listeners to his SoundCloud page.
Steve Lacy has shared a new track, “N Side.” It’s the first new music we’ve heard from the Internet member since his 2017 solo debut Steve Lacy’s Demo, though he’s kept plenty busy in the meantime. Over the last year, the guitarist has popped up on albums by Solange, Blood Orange, Mac Miller, and Kali Uchis, as well as releasing Hive Mind with his own band. He is also credited on the upcoming Vampire Weekend album, including on early single “Sunflower.”
Lacy’s latest is circuitous and dreamy, and it most likely is attached to a brand-new project. Yesterday, the Internet tweeted that two of their members had solo albums completed, and that one would come out this month and another would come out in May.
London newcomer Rachel Chinouriri has shared new track ‘Adrenaline’.
The song follows singles ‘Riptide’, ‘What Have I Ever Done’ and ‘So My Darling’, and comes ahead of a headline show at the capital’s MOTH Club on 5th June. Tickets are on sale now.
“I wrote ‘Adrenaline’ about arguments with people you love,” she says. “I wanted to express the challenges and emotions I go through before an argument, it’s quite sarcastic and a little sassy so the production is more upbeat than my previous releases, I wanted to reflect the attitude in the lyrics. The video was made by an amazing young creative called Nwaka, we’re working a lot together on this project, she has this surreal and angelic vibe to her work which just fits so perfectly with my music.”
You’ve got to keep up with The Chemical Brothers. The Manchester duo have stamped 2019 as their big year back on the scene. There’s a new album coming called No Geography, and today (Feb. 1) we get to jam to the LP’s third single “Got To Keep On,” a jangly, feel-good dance song.
There are layers at work here, from the smiling vocal sample at its heart to crowd whoops and whistles, twinkling textures, church bells and so many hits of booming bass. Listen closely for snippets of late ’60s Dial-A-Poem monologues. The phone-based service was run by American poet John Giorno after a phone conversation with his friend William Burroughs.
According to a press release, the duo’s ninth album was created on the same old analog equipment as its first two. Members Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons built a small studio within their studio, pushing themselves to get as random, edgy and experimental as possible.
The Chemical Brothers will support the album with a very short tour, blasting only select cities with their legendary audio-visual experience. Mexico, Los Angeles and San Francisco get dates with support from The Black Madonna. Other than that, you’ll have to fly to Europe.
No Geography is out on Astralwerks Friday, April 12. When you preorder the LP in digital format, you instantly get this and the other two previously-released singles “Free Yourself” and “MAH.” Those two are already available as a limited edition 12″ vinyl. No Geography will also come in vinyl.