The musical buzz in the DMV is ever growing, with acts like Kelela, Chaz French, Kelow and more steadily making a name for themselves in the industry. Amongst these names, one artist stands alone above the rest. GoldLink, who rose to prominence through calculated releases on Soundcloud over the past two years, emerged on the scene in the midst of honing his own unique sound alongside producer, DJ, engineer and frequent collaborator Louie Lastic. Future bounce, originally called “dream rap” by The Fader, is a concoction of funk and soul, bass-heavy grooves, and classic hip-hop & R&B vibes nostalgic of the jams made popular in the 1990’s. With a sound as unique as his, it was only a matter of time before GoldLink dropped a project for his fans to groove to. Last July we received that in the form of his debut tape, The God Complex. Feauturing production from the likes of Fingalick, Teklun, & Lakim, as well as a feature from fellow DMV rising talent Kali Uchis, the project solidified GoldLink as an artist to be on the lookout for. After a year of recording & touring internationally, achieving national recognition via a spot on XXL’s 2015 Freshman cover, and several cosigns from the likes of LA based collective Soulection, Wale & Rick Rubin, GoldLink finally gave us a debut album to rock too.
Released via Soulection, And After That, We Didn’t Talk arrived a week early off the back of promotion for singles like “Spectrum,” “Unique,” and “New Black”. Featuring production from the likes of Tom Misch, Medasin, & Louie Lastic as well as vocals from Anderson .Paak, Demo Taped, and Virginia rising talents Masego & April George, And After That, We Didn’t Talk is a conscious, personal effort that goes pretty in depth on issues GoldLink has personally faced, and more specifically a past flame that effectively helped propel his musical growth to where he is today. Speaking to XXL earlier this month, GoldLink said “it’s really for the girl who it was made for, if she understands what I was trying to say this entire time then I can care less what the fuck happens. That’s really what it was for, it was for her, and if she gets to hear it, then I accomplish my goal.” Stream And After That, We Didn’t Talk, available on iTunes now.