Most rappers finding success in the dance music space started out in hip-hop and then ventured over. However, Goldlink's story is quite the contrary. The blossoming artist was born into dance music and has been an important link between the two worlds ever since.
"I wanted to people to listen to my s***, but I wanted them to dance too,” he says. “We started f***ing with Soulection, reaching out to a bunch of people who were into the same thing…It was just a match made in heaven that came together naturally."
He adds, "I’d definitely say when we started working more closely with them, they helped focus a direction I was already headed towards, and supported it 100%. They continue to dig out the most amazing sounds, and are super committed to pushing culture and community in a way that benefits music us all."
His past works include records with Kaytranada, ZHU and Chet Faker to name a few. We were recently blessed with his infectious collaboration "Together" with AlunaGeorge and Kaytranada, which we'e had on repeat since it's release on Kay's debut album 99.9%. Goldlink's rise through Soundcloud has set him apart from his rapper peers as he shares “Soundcloud is a great platform and was super essential to my come up, I owe a lot to that community.” He went on to tell us “I like that it was a little unconventional at the time, and now it’s pretty standard.”
Beyond his dance-leaning productions, he’s toured alongside several electronic acts. His hybrid music functionality has led to him become one of the few rappers to appear on electronic-focused festivals such as Electric Forest and Splash House. “I love it,” says Goldlink. “There’s definitely a genre convergence going on, it’s important to me that we’re showing fans in front of these stages on both sides how we can bridge the gap.”
Goldlink has risen in the ranks as one of Hip-Hop’s most promising talents with his recent album And After That We Didn’t Talk on heavy rotation here at TSIS. “There’s way more melody on this album, more harmonizing…I worked with a great supporting vocalist, April George, on a lot of the songs too, to give it more of a soulful element.” He calls his style 'future bounce' where he blends classic hip-hop vibes with smooth R&B and grooving electronic elements.
Moreover, his frantic rapping and swaggy singing have given him a one-of-a-kind sound that allows for unlimited creativity in the remix department. TSIS had the pleasure of hearing Louis Futon’s smooth flip of "Unique," a collaboration with Anderson .Paak. We are now blessed with the remix package in its entirety. “I’m personally a fan of every producer on here," he says. "I already worked with most of them.” The package features Mr. Carmack, Louis Futon, Brasstracks, Gravez, Cosmos Midnight and more.
Every song from the 16-track collection breathes new life into Goldlink's AATWDT. Hear the remix package below.