The electronic music production and DJ industry is blowing up into a Soundcloud tornado of beautifully reworked classics and fresh remixes, and Los Angeles record label Soulection
is one little house riding this storm all the way to Oz. The label boasts a roster of skilled beat makers like Ta-ku, Sango, Mr. Carmack, Esta
, and The Whooligan to name a few.
This past Saturday Soulection graced New York City with some of its finest talent in a collaboration with HW&W Recordings and Betteryet Recordings. The five-hour event at Wallplay featured Esta, Elaquent, Nire, Jason Scott, Cabo Blanco, and The Whooligan.
Headliner Esta's 2013 LP, Paradise
was chock full of ear candy. The album is a perfect gift basket for any electronic music lover: sexy ethereal female vocals, uplifting sun-stained grooves, artful collages of hip-hop samples, and even a pretty damn good Disclosure
rework. Esta's set had Wallplay's tiny gallery space sardine-packed to the point where dancing girls were practically sitting on the DJ table. Some intermittent MC-ing from The Whooligan incited the crowd's New York pride into howls of encouragement. Also spotted: LA DJ So Super Sam lurking behind Esta and his DJ table making joking faces at his back, perhaps its time to switch to So Sneaky Sam? The range of remixes were pretty seductive including Ginuwine's "Pony", Beyonce and J. Cole's "Party", and Rich Homie Quan's "Type of Way". Listen to a few off Paradise
The openers also offered some impressive adaptations like Nire's Remix of Bjork's "Unravel". The Whooligan closed the night with an arresting spread of Nujabes style hip-hop beats to more aggressive borderline trap mixes. We can see Esta and The Whooligan are well on their way to helping bring the whole Soulection crew down the Yellow Brick Road all the way to the Emerald City.
These innovative beatmakers are all working to kickoff a new era of taking bland black and white music and painting it into their own unique masterpieces.