Soundcloud picks #02: April 2016

I've been excited by a lot that I've heard on SoundCloud this month, so narrowing it down to a few to post here has been a challenge, but hopefully you'll agree that the number I've selected here are truly exceptional tracks. So, without any further ado...

Dos Brains // Extinction Preview

I'd been following Colin Fisher (a gifted musician in his own right) on SoundCloud for a while when I saw a couple of his other projects - Soundprank, an electronic progressive trance project, and Dos Brains - a Canadian production music house with a focus on trailer music and sounds that are more on the epic end of the scale.

All of Dos Brains' work is consistently excellent, and the preview track for their upcoming release, an album by Phil Rey, is no exception. Their work is inventive, distinctive, and meticulously well-produced, and it sounds like Extinction will have these qualities in spades.

Dos Brains are on Facebook and YouTube, and you can follow Phillippe Rey on Facebook.

James Everingham // The Rest Of Us

James got a mention in last month's edition too; and each are fully deserved. I'm hesitant to repeatedly feature the same names in this list in order to give as many people as possible the chance to get in the mix, but The Rest Of Us is a truly exceptional piece of work. James' writing often displays rich emotive strings and pulsating synth lines, but not since Leviathan (a track written very much in the same vein) have we heard such euphoric writing from this talented young man. Featuring the exceptionally talented Chris Coleman on 'cello and an inventive 7/8 outro, this track is not one to be missed.

James is on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and you can visit his official website here.

Mark Laukkanen // Dwell

Mark is a gifted young Finnish composer with an output that shows consistent steady growth and development. I've been following his work for a while now and it's fair to say that there's an audible evolution with each track, as he matures and gathers experience. Dwell is one of my favourites of his recent releases, with a striking melody that moves in unison with a strong harmonic progression. 

Mark is on Twitter and Facebook, and you can check out his official website here.

I hope, like me, you've enjoyed these audio highlights from April, and as always, I'll leave you with a little something from me; this month, it's velocity.


Soundcloud picks 01: March '16

I'm going to start a new series here giving shout outs to outstanding composers on my SoundCloud stream. This might be limited by the fact that I'll predominantly feature composers that I already follow but either way I'd like to give shout outs to the guys that I think are doing great stuff. The community is so important so I'm keen to support my peers.

Keeno (ft. James Everingham) // Dream Sequence

I've been following James' work for a few months now and there's no question that he's a gifted composer with a bright future, but I was intrigued when he reposted this track by emerging drum and bass producer Will Keen AKA Keeno to his SoundCloud stream. The result of this intoxicating collaboration is a heady mix of James' cinematic flair and Keeno's euphoric dnb. The official video is incredible, too:

The production is spot on, and musically the track is an absolute delight, showing depth and finesse. I'll certainly be keeping an eye on these two from now on.

You can check them out on SoundCloud here: Keeno // James Everingham | Follow them on twitter here: Keeno // James Everingham | Like them on fb here: Keeno // James Everingham

Tony Anderson // All is not lost

Tony Anderson is fairly established in the world of cinematic music, as one of themusicbed's most popular artists. His work often features reverberant synth soundscapes and dreamy felt piano, as well as vocals and instrumental flourishes from frequent collaborators.

All Is Not Lost is no exception, but demonstrates an evolution from Tony's previous work. Where his earlier tracks had clear structural and directional markers, this track has an organic essence that speaks of its bespoke nature, having been written for an original film by Cale Glendening. Listen from around the four and a half minute mark for some seriously glorious contemporary cinematic writing.

Tony is on SoundCloud and Twitter.

Alexandr Fullin // Away

Although I've not been following Alexandr for that long, it's clear that he's on an upward trajectory of developing his musical output and finessing his production. Away displays some of Alexandr's most refined sounds, and a structural bravery that marks this out as one of his most mature compositions. Also worth noting is that Alexandr had this track mastered by Chad Wahlbrink, the same engineer who's worked with Tony Anderson on some of his more recent tracks, and that's a decision that's been well worth it, with the fine sound quality he's achieved here.

Alexandr is on SoundCloud, Instagram, and Facebook.

That's all for this month; I'll try and do this again each month, and mix it up with different people. Final thing to leave you with is my favourite track of my own from March, temper. Hope you enjoy!

 - JJO