(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #322: Brolin

By on Thursday, 8th January 2015 at 12:00 pm

Brolin describes himself on his Soundcloud page as “a bedroom producer, self-taught, self-analysing, into beats, space and melody”, though his music abilities also stretch to vocals, songwriting and remixing. The London-based artist has gathered a large online fanbase and has built up a strong reputation for his formidable live shows, despite choosing to keep his identity concealed with a mask (so that people focus on his music, supposedly).

Further adding to Brolin’s mysterious nature was the accompanying music video for his debut single ‘NYC’, which displayed vintage clips of the Big Apple. Released in October 2012, the track received airplay from Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, as well as 6Music and XFM. Almost a year later, Brolin launched the ‘Cundo’ EP. ‘Reykjavik’, the lead single from the extended play, was co-produced with electronic artist Luke Abbott and producer David Pye (whose credits include Dido, Faithless and Wild Beasts). This was closely followed by the release of the ‘Portland’ EP a few months later, to coincide with Brolin supporting electronic producer Gold Panda on his UK tour.

Brolin continued to put out new music in 2014 with the launch of his ‘Flags’ and ‘Swim Deep’ extended plays. The lead singles from each of the EPs is expected to feature on his debut album, which is currently pencilled in for a 2015 release. The year also saw Brolin collaborating with a number of UK underground stars, including FTSE, Raffertie and South London Ordnance, as well as producing remixes for the likes of Chloe Howl and Lulu James.

Watch this space as 2015 looks set to be a big year for Brolin. The masked artist is set to release his debut album and is also lined up for a number of festival appearances, which includes a set at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas, in the middle of March. For a free mixtape from the man, visit his Bandcamp.

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