From its humble beginnings as an independent record label, Soulection has quickly become a notable platform and global community of artists, creatives and tastemakers alike. Keeping quality music as their consistent staple ingredient, the LA-based collective now boasts a roster of international artists and producers, a streetwear label, a radio show on Apple‘s Beats 1 station and countless sold out tours and appearances around the globe. With their mantra proudly at the heart of everything they do, ‘The Sound of Tomorrow’ has become much more than just a tagline, rather symbolising a bold new movement seeking to push the boundaries of modern music as we know it.
In support of Soulection’s recently released compilation album, three of the label’s finest artists headed down under as part of the ‘Promises Once More‘ World Tour. Having already wreaking havoc on South East Asia and New Zealand, the tickets had sold out and the stage was set at Sydney’s iconic Pier One for sosupersam, Lakim and Jarreau Vandal to take their Aussie fans on a journey through time and sound. Though the venue had never previously hosted a live music event indoors, one look through the glass walls and into Sydney’s stunning harbour and it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a very special evening.
Kicking off the event’s proceedings, local DJ and queen of pop culture Flexmami did the scene proud, warming the crowd up with some sizzling RnB heaters and hip hop gems. Next up was Aussie electronic prodigy and producer swindail. Strapping everyone in, the young maestro took us all on a voyage of discovery, dropping a barrage of quirky future RnB beats amongst his own remixes and material from local artists and notable friends. Commanding the crowd with unrivalled enthusiasm, swindail’s unquestionable passion for each and every drop was on display for all to see, spurring the crowd to reciprocate the same level of energy.
With the vibe now well and truly set, the moment was right for sosupersam to get behind the decks and show us exactly why she’s one of the most highly regarded DJs on the Soulection roster. From a conservative 50, the crowd quickly turned up to 100 real quick; punters f*cked heavy with the impressive array of tribal beats, modern hip anthems and unearthed Soulection talent the LA-based DJ was dropping. And when she dropped a bootleg remix of The Teriyaki Boys‘ 2006 hit single “Tokyo Drift (Fast & Furious)”, it was game, set and match. Lakim followed in swift suit with a welcome change of pace. Delivering a much more low-key set of percussion-heavy electronic instrumentals and subtle remixes of the RnB of yesteryear, the producer’s penchant for slick beats was well-received by the loyal fans of the label’s weekly radio show as the sun set subtly in the background.
Jarreau Vandal is a producer and DJ whose reputation behind the decks well and truly proceeds him. Known for for having one of the best ears in the game when it comes to mixing the old with the new, the Dutch maestro stepped up onto the platform with a smile on his face and not a worry in the world. Stepping up onto the table, he announced his arrival and asked for the crowd’s everything. In what was arguably one of the best DJ sets most – if not all – of us would’ve ever heard, Vandal’s unrivalled energy and ability to hear unthinkable sounds and relationships between tracks was nothing short of astonishing. Delivering re-work after re-work, he played the crowd right into the palm of his hand before throwing a towel around his neck and strolling off the platform and out into the crowd. With only 20 minutes left, sosupersam and swindail took over to deliver a worthwhile finale, eventuating in Travis Scott‘s forever-relevant “Antidote”.
For the second time in less than six months, members of the Soulection family tore yet another Sydney venue to absolute shreds. In what was an unforgettable night under Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, the Soulection fam unleashed a string of game-changing sets that – quite frankly – none of us were ready for at all.
Photos by Jordan Munns.