For a guy with such an electric stage show, GoldLink is very quiet in person. Hidden in an oversized jacket and perched on the arm of a sofa in a small South London studio, he takes control of the Spotify playlist. The scene is a stark contrast to the cartoonish on-stage persona and brave dance moves he displays at XOYO later that evening. He selects a bunch of throwback R&B tracks that ooze funk, starkly contrasting the trap-centric production of today’s mainstream.
It’s a parallel that extends into his own output. Rather than jumping on features with all of the hottest artists in the game, he’s been very selective about his collaborators, and his sound has always felt years ahead rather than blending in with the current. After 2014’s ahead-of- its-time mixtape ‘The God Complex’, he’s fresh off the release of his debut album, ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’, an analysis of a deteriorating relationship drawn from real life experiences and painted with dynamic rhymes and melodies over a canvas of forward-thinking production that feels like that perfect balance of dance-floor and lyricism that so many have struggled to pull off. The album sounds like it will feel forever box- fresh; that feeling you get when you press play on a record like Justin Timberlake’s ‘FutureSexLoveSounds’ or The Clipse’s ‘Lord Willin’’, still shiny and new regardless of the years passed since their release date.