Today we introduce you to Hoodlem, a new local act from inner-city Melbourne. Hoodlem is an anonymous project blending pulsing experimental beats, soulful vocals and crisp production.
Hoodlem have been gathering momentum at quiet-yet-urgent pace worldwide typified by captivating production and as they weave soulful melodies. The necessary comparisons have been drawn, and at time where male vocalists dominate the electronic soul genre Hoodlem stems from the same vein and creates anticipation of something new and mysterious.
Things don’t appear to be slowing down for the mysterious act, following on from a North American tour in May last year, Hoodlem were included in MSMR’s Track Addict Mixtape series Vol IV, the buzz around mysterious act’s experimental beats and soulful vocals is proving to be long lasting.
In the second half of 2014, Hoodlem debuted in Europe supporting ambient electronic group Rat & Co with shows in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and returned to the USA to perform shows at the CMJ Music Marathon including the ASCAP and Neon Gold, National Anthem, Chess Club parties. In November a collaboration with Swedish artist Tobtok, ‘Free’ was released through French label Kitsuné.
With a track record of solid singles and critical intrigue, Hoodlem are gearing up for the release of their debut EP. But we’re not going to tell you much more, nor reveal who Hoodlem actually is… but nudge you in the direction of your headphones… pick them up and press play… go on.
NYLON (USA) – ‘slow-burning beats and a smokey, soulful vibe’
Pigeons and Planes (USA) – ‘refreshing and evocative’
Neon Gold (USA) – ‘overwhelms with sonic seduction’
Indie Shuffle (USA) – Song of the Day “incredibly smooth sultry music”
Ear Milk (USA) “flirtatiously anonymous”
The 405 (UK)- “It has the restraint to let its lead vocal take off its skirt and stand naked in a quite flow of soul”
Hilly Dilly (CAN) – “you’ll be hooked”