dj poolboi is the moniker of Austin Texas’ resident Adam Ansley. In 2017 Ansley started quietly releasing lo-fi house music under the moniker as a side project. An upload of his track “we can be happy on the popular EELF Youtube channel began to pick up viral tracktion and attention. Channelling his own struggles Ansley crafted a unique form of electronic music creating emotional melodic house and instrumental songs mixing elation and nostalgia with melancholy.
Residing in the same vein of underground house as Ross From Friends and Baltra while building on the experimental dance music of trailblazers such as Radiohead, Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie XX his music found its own niche taking flight online.
With a strong visual presence from his many music videos, poolboi has quickly amassed almost 100k subscribers on Youtube. With over 50 million streams to date the artist began landing coveted opening gigs across North America.
The artists debut LP “it’s good to hear your voice” came out in March of 2020. Connecting with audiences for its calming aesthetic during the intense global panic at the start of pandemic the album came out on Berlin based label Majestic Casual. An official remix for Moby followed and an EP for the trendsetting underground house focused UK label Shall Not Fade.
The artist has now released three lead up singles from his upcoming sophomore album. Showcasing a growth in sound working with featured artists from around the globe exploring indie electronic crossover territory with Canadian bedroom pop artist FLOOR CRY on “motions”, South Korea’s Su Lee on “i don’t really mind”. The artist is now set to release a new EP on Shall Not Fade this fall and now announces his sophomore LP with an exciting international array of collaborators and features titled “stay just a little while longer” out March 4th 2022.
With the new wave of lo-fi hip-hop setting a relaxed soundtrack across the world, there are not many artists that do it quite as rapturously as Austin, Texas-based artist dj poolboi” - EARMILK
“there's a rising star within the lo-fi house movement making waves across the internet. He goes by the name dj poolboi and something that's quite paradoxical is the somewhat tongue-in-cheek name, compared to the depth and the emotion conveyed within his craft.” - Stereofox
A bedroom pop star born overnight online after his first releases racked up millions of streams, Yung Heazy aka Jordan Heaney released his highly anticipated debut LP “Whenever You’re Around I Hate Everything Less” on June 1st 2018 which has now had over 24 million streams. The album had an embracing reception on college and alternative radio charting on the NACC, Sirius XM end of year best of and in regional markets across North America.
The group spent the remainder of the year on the road with their wild live show playing over 80 concert and festival dates in 10 countries in three continents.
Drawing strong comparisons to acts like Mac Demarco, The Beatles and the current wave of bedroom pop indie acts like Cuco, Clairo, Rex Orange County and Gus Dapperton, Heazy’s music melds psych and pop with endearing lyricism and harmonies.
The artist released his sophomore LP “I UR BOY” in April of 2020 at the height of the pandemic with the album still managing to chart on the NACC charts and across North America despite a lot of stations not being in regular operation. The album has not had over 2 million streams to date and successful music videos with Youtube comedian Cherdleys and LA based rising hip hop artist Dbangz. Yung Heazy is now following up with the pandemic influenced, “The Pickle Song” single on independent Vancouver based label Unbelievably Spectacular on December 4th 2020.
Lubasi Katundu, best known as Bacci is a Zambian is a 24 year old alternative R&B singer, producer and multi instrumentalist currently living in Lusaka.
With his harmonious vocals, production and poetic storytelling lyrics Bacci taps into feelings we don’t have words to express which he’s developed a loyal following in his home town for.
The youngest of seven he grew up in a musical family. Influenced by his siblings taste in music he developed a strong appreciation for 90’s r&b. While performing with them in church choir he became inspired to write his own music at a young age.
The first of a new younger middle class generation coming of age in Zambia growing up with global influences through the internet. The artist has faced challenges being accepted locally singing in English in a country still coming to grips with it’s postcolonial identity. While the music scene is ripe with talent few acts have broken globally with 60% of the population living in extreme poverty. Despite this, Lusaka has become a hotspot as one of the fastest growing and developing cities in Africa. Through true resilience Bacci perseveres ready to kick open the doors for a new wave of Zambian talent the world has only had a glimpse of so far with recent breakout artist Sampa The Great.
Bacci is currently set to release his debut album, “Black Hippie'' in 2021