We’re barely a week out from TheHundred’s first festival: Cloak & Dagger. While we’re all charged for the big name national acts like Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, and Gigamesh, there’s a real thrill in seeing Denver’s homegrown talent sharing the stage with those guys, as well as headlining our very own locals’ stage. We can’t release set times and who’s playing where just yet, but each day this week we’ll feature a few of the locals playing here at the blog so you can familiarize yourself with their sound and prioritize your time accordingly. Buy your tickets here.
This morning we focus on two creators of future sounds–Black Jordan and Real Cosby:
Black Jordan has been working the Denver music scene for years now, first turning heads as a member of hip hop act Team Latchkey and the Welcome to the D.O.P.E. Game collective. As he focused more on his solo production, his style evolved from boom-bap hip hop to a more experimental future R&B. Undoubtedly leftfield, his tracks touch on glitch and dubstep with ethereal vibes that maintain a hip hop urgency. There’s as much Burial in his sound as J. Cole, but neither’s influence can be denied.
After a slew of singles, remixes, and mixtapes, Jordan is wrapping up The DeVille EP this fall, with an estimated release of Spring 2015. Titled after the grandfather whose record collection inspired him to create music, it’s one to keep an eye out for. Check out his Pizza Boys Chapter 1 mixtape below and get a feel for the journey Black Jordan is preparing for Cloak & Dagger.
Real Cosby is a busy man. 2013 saw the producer release two EPs, Mmmmluvvv and Earl Juice—both lo-fi and dubby experiments in downtempo house and future R&B. In July, 2014 gave birth to the Gold Braid EP—a richer and more sophisticated dance album. The grooves are tight with organic-feeling elements in the bright keys, intricate percussion, and lush synths. It feel like a natural follow-up and yet a huge step forward.
Beyond producing and DJing, Cosby is co-founder of local electronic label Shoeboxx Recordings along with DJ Babyshoe. At Cloak & Dagger, he’ll be playing tracks from Gold Braid as well as showcasing a song or two from other artists on the Shoeboxx roster. Check out the track Gold Braid below, and you can grab the whole EP here.