Conor Albert - Only You

Some serious Tom Misch vibes right here!

19 year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist Conor Albert started making beats and playing guitar at the age of 8, peddling his homemade albums to friends in the school playground. Exploring dubstep and EDM in his early teens, it was listening to artists such as FKJ, Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei whilst learning piano and bass that encouraged him to make jazz-inspired beat-driven music.

Conor quickly gained a sizable following on Soundcloud with his early demos gaining over a million streams on the platform. This lead to collaborations with artists such as Marie Dahlstrom, James Vickery, and Carmody amongst others. Catching the ears and advice of both Howard Lawrence from Disclosure and Tom Misch, Conor releases his official debut track ‘Only You’ on 24th May via Young Poet Records.

Showcasing the multi-instrumentalist’s genre-bending beat-making skills, ‘Only You’ is a laid-back summer anthem featuring a dreamy vocal hook courtesy of The Naked Eye, frenetic shuffling hi-hats, a hiphop beat and jazz piano solo, all packed into the space of three giddy minutes.

Talking about it’s creation, Conor says:

“I started ‘Only You’ in September of 2018 after being inspired to make some dancier music. I'd been stuck in a rut of making slower hip-hop music, and thought I'd try switching things up a bit. It started from me just chopping up some of my piano playing and pitching it down, and ended up forming into one of my favourite tunes. I asked my friend The Naked Eye to sing the main line for me, and she killed it! I owe a lot to her for lending her voice to the song, it glues everything together. For me this track was a bit of a turning point in my production. I started to care less about how complicated something had to be and more about the groove and feeling of a track. I've tried to keep this same mentality ever since, and hopefully it's reflected in the tunes I release next.”

Follow Conor Albert: Website // Spotify // Soundcloud

Birocratic - Bob Ross Goes to Hollywood

Here’s an extremely uplifting and chill beat, brought to you by the ever-so-talented instrumentalist and producer Birocratic. This track really brings on a strong sense of nostalgia with its unique blend of textures, nicely held together with the tight percussive elements.

If you have a chance to see Birocratic live, don’t miss out. He really slays it on the bass.

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Olivia Nelson - Hideaway (K, Le Maestro Remix)

Another fresh remix from K, Le Maestro with his signature crisp drums and creative use of samples.

The original track is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Olivia Nelson and Dutch producer Jarreau Vandal (also a jam, but with a significantly more laid back feel).

Be sure to grab this track for free through the Soundcloud link.

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Handbook - Rising Sun

Taking inspiration from artists like J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Madlib, Handbook continues to refine his craft and produce soothing hip hop beats like this one. He began producing music in his bedroom in 2010, working solely with an MPC1000 and a MicroKorg. From there, his music career flourished, first gaining popularity through Soundcloud, then eventually releasing music through labels like Rootnote, BLVNT Records, Ital Dred, and Chillhop. His regular collaborators include Supreme Sol, RKZ, Jetpack Jones and many more talented individuals.

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Rob Araujo - Nineteen

If you’re a fan of artists like quickly, quickly, Anomalie, or Tennyson, you should really check this out. Rob Araujo’s skilful jazzy style really just blows my mind. Not only is he an amazing solo artist, but he’s collaborated with some big names like Tom Misch, Naji, VALENTINE, Ian Ewing, Anomalie, and more.

Follow Rob Araujo: Spotify // Soundcloud // Instagram