Brolin arrived unannounced and fully formed in the autumn of 2012, quietly releasing his track ‘NYC’ to a steadily building stream of acclaim and praise. Initially just placed on a Soundcloud site, the track was quickly picked up by a number of radio stations and DJs, before gaining a fully fledged release via new singles label National Anthem (Haim, Cvrches) in November. A hundred thousand YouTube views and soundcloud plays later, and Brolin found himself in the situation of being a sought-after artist of quickly scaling repute, despite having never played a live show or shown his face to the world.
A handful of shows followed, with the artist playing out with Twin Shadow in the UK and a single, sold-out headline show. His was augmented by remixes for Post War Years, Lulu James, Chloe Howl and Local Natives.
In May 2013, he released the Cundo EP on UK label Double Denim – featuring the lead off tracks ‘Reykjavik’ and ‘Lisboa’. The EP, produced by Brolin alongside electronic artist Luke Abbott and Casually Here was a hit at radio in the UK, collecting plays across Radio 1 and 6Music as well as profile pieces at the likes of Pitchfork, Dummy, Dazed and Confused and Fader magazine.
UK Festival appearances and further shows in France, Sweden, Portugal and Italy followed, before his most recent release, ‘Portland’. This new track is set to push him further towards mass attention, with a dubbed out paean to summertime bliss. The track was produced by Aaron Coyes, one half of feted LA dub kings Peaking Lights.
As well as working with Peaking Lights and Luke Abbott on his own material, Brolin has already collaborated with the cream of the UK underground, including FTSE and South London Ordnance.
Speaking about the his most recent release, Brolin said “I wrote Portland last summer. Throughout the process, I was influenced by artists and producers such as Ranking Dread, Horace Andy, The Valentines, Derrick Harriott and King Tubby.
When you play a track by any of those artists, there is usually a warmth and humidity that resonates with the listener, even when lyrically the track may have a cold leaning. I wanted to try to emulate that feel with the track.”