A friend of mine put me up on the Soulection crew. I did a little poking around on my own and remember hearing some really cool music that some of these cats had made. Then, I caught Goldlink at last year’s Trillectro festival. I really thought he had a nice performance. His song “Wassup” got my attention. Then his album “The God Complex” came out. It was a great first offering from the Virginia rapper.
Aroung this time another buddy of mine suggested I check out Sango around this time his album “North” was really good. I asked a friend who lives in Echo Park LA if he’d heard about this crew Soulection. At the time they were throwing a monthly party at a popular venue in the neighborhood called the Echoplex. I was hyping them up so much that he decided to go and check them out one night. When I asked him later how the party was he responded, “It was weird. These 18 year old kids would just bug out when the DJ would drop a 90’s R&B tune. There were a couple of times this would happen and they’d drop a bass or a drum track on top and that was kinda cool but, there was no blending of records, no turntable skills, it was strange”. I thought to myself “that’s interesting”, the buzz had been pretty loud at this point and they were getting a lot of attention. He he ended that conversation with, “I lived through the 90’s…”
I jumped at the opportunity to go to a Soulection party when they decided to make a stop in Washington DC. I missed Joe Kay’s opening DJ set. Lakim’s set was cool. He’s got some nice production. I was not impressed with DJ Esta’s set at all. I think this is where my buddies description of their LA party was most accurate. Thankfully, Sango’s set saved the day. He brought along SPZRKT to perform “Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife” off of “North” along with some new tracks they are working on. Sango also played some of his production, which was really good. Goldlink headlined this event. I suppose it’s his ties to the DMV area. I couldn’t think of a better place to do a performance in your hometown than the 9:30 club? His set was live. Complete with water bottle tossing, toilet paper air guns, stage diving, crowd surfing in an inflatable raft, and an announcement about his upcoming album to be released on Soulection’s label.