Whilst we endeavour to bring you music to listen to inside our reviews and general posting activity; there's obstacles everywhere as to what we can bring you and how. Granted, most of those obstacles revolve around our quantity of content, but when it came to creating a playlist for you we had a few problems at root level.
What platform do we use? How many tracks do we include? How popular can a band be before we're definitely playing tracks you're already very familiar with? How old can a track be before we can't put it in the playlist? Most importantly though, how do we present it to you?
In creating this 10-track Soundcloud Playlist on a weekly basis, we hope to have laid as many of those questions to rest as is possible. It's concise, available on mobile, bandwidth friendly and gives us the opportunity to keep it all pretty fresh.
We've also got three featured tracks each week to give you a little insight into our collective minds. We don't have a Sound Influx HQ, we don't have an office, never-mind an office stereo, but what we lack in hardwood flooring we make up for in collective knowledge across the web.
So, without further ado, here's the first Sound Influx Playlist.
This mysterious Melbourne-based electronic pop act caused a wave of interest with their debut track, 'Through'. This second release however shows off a much more dynamic and interesting side to their songwriting that is equally as impressive.
Jungle - The Heat
Gaining a steady traction of hype from some well chosen viral friendly youtube videos (the breakdancing child showcased in the 'platoon' video is a highlight) UK duo Jungle look set to make quite a splash. Signed to Chess Club Records, original home to pop prospects Chvrches and MO, 'This Heat' showcases some serious groove and subtle dance undertones that deserve to reach a broader dance-floor audience.
Katie Malco - September
With her newest EP, Tearing Ventricles; Alcopop's finest solo artist Katie Malco has created a live, piano driven selection of tracks that are guaranteed to pull on your heartstrings. September is possibly the most beautiful of the lot. It can often be difficult justifying listening to music on the sad-side, but there's almost never a need to justify spending some time listening to Katie Malco. She'd be as big as the Ben Howard's and Laura Marling's of the world if she recorded a proper record.