Los Angeles is home to some of the most innovative young club producers in the nation, and Hoodboi may be the most exciting of the bunch. Whether solo or collabing with like-minded DJs in his Athletixx crew, Hoodboi’s energetic, emotional tunes feel equally at home in a Jersey basement or a Zelda bonus level. It’s an all-in approach to electronic music that will warm your emoji heart.
Palm Reader (out 3/24 on Fool’s Gold) is Hoodboi’s debut EP of original music, a bold leap forward from the R&B bootlegs and party tracks he cut his teeth on. The four tracks are physical and lush; raw club OOMPH sprayed with a candy gloss. From soaring, new-age opener “Dusk” to the hypercolor title track featuring Lido, Hoodboi is making 1080p dance records like none other.
Hoodboi hits SXSW for the Fool’s Gold Showcase Friday, 3/20 at Gypsy Lounge and the Athetixx Showcase Saturday, 3/21 at V Lounge, his last stateside shows before joining Flosstradamus on their sold-out tour of Australia and New Zealand from 3/27 – 4/6.