08 May Five producers you need to know about this month
Summer will be here before we know it, and now is the right time to update your iPod with some new beats to help you step into the new season with ease. If you’re stuck for ideas, why not test the waters with five of our favourite producers right now…
Part of Ryan Hemsworth’s charm is that his music is slightly rough around the edges; his debut solo EP, Guilt Trips, full of catchy hooks and woozy beats, offers a slew of different genres but it is far from messy, and it’s easy to overlook any flaws due to the way in which the Canadian producer can make something beautiful out of every track he touches. Besides his solo work, it’s definitely worth checking out his remixes – few genres are left untouched, with Hemsworth remixing everyone from Cat Power to Lil B.
L D R U
Shining brightly amongst a slew of up-and-coming Australian producers is LDRU, also known as Drew Carmody. Hailing from sunny Sydney might explain Carmody’s effortless production of gorgeous, summer-ready tracks; check out the music video for his original track, The Tropics, and you’ll get a better feel for what LDRU does best. His recent remix of Aussie duo Broods’ Bridges is a triumph, full of swooping synths, hypnotic drumbeats and delicately delivered vocals. Definitely one to watch, especially with summer fast approaching – this is the kind of guy you want to soundtrack your impromptu garden parties.
23 year-old Oliver Nelson is from Stockholm, Sweden, and is one of several talented Scandinavians to burst onto the electronic music scene. One of his latest efforts is his hugely popular remix (2+ million views and counting…) of Tove Lo’s Habits – Nelson breathes new life into an already stellar track, with amazing bass and lovely, upbeat, beachy vibes. With an impressive roster of remixes under his belt, the young producer currently has a debut EP in the works, so watch this space.
Chances are the majority of the woozy beats filling up your iTunes libraries are best served with a generous dose of sun and beer. Am I right? What to turn to, then, if you’re not feeling so jovial? Ta-Ku’s Songs To Break Up To may be a good place to start. With track titles like ‘I Miss You’ and ‘We Were in Love’, it’s probably not the best medicine for achy hearts, however it is a beautiful album that explores the darker, mellower side of electronica. As well as original work, the Australian producer is something of a master of remixes; one of his latest efforts is a hypnotic take on Banks’ track Brain.
26 year-old Will Phillips, more commonly known as Tourist, is a London boy with the attitude to match, recently claiming in an interview that, “music is the only thing [he’s] not shit at,” – whether or not that statement is entirely true we’ll never know, however it is pretty clear that Phillips is a big musical talent. With three highly-rated EPs full of beach-ready tracks and great guest vocalists already locked down, he is finally getting the attention he deserves; as well as securing a spot on the Field Day line-up, he is touring the UK this month.
Words: Grace Howard.