Who: At first, the artist known as Brrd (Stewart Bird) existed mainly on YouTube, where he would upload short, cryptic videos and hushed, spacious hip-hop instrumentals with titles like "The Second Coming of Corn Jesus" and "zapf dingbats." That's where FaltyDL's Drew Lustman discovered him and promptly became obsessed, following Brrd's digital footprints "until I found as many of his tracks as I could wrap my head around," Lustman tells us. A year's worth of correspondence later, Lustman will launch his Blueberry Recordings imprint with Brrd's first release this September. Heavily grounded in limpid soul and jazz, the record's hypnotic loops suggest D'Angelo's Voodoo as remixed by Oneohtrix Point Never, or a cocktail of ECM and J Dilla administered via intravenous drip. Blazing through 13 tracks in under half an hour, the album nevertheless radiates stillness, with its glistening Rhodes loops nestled inside layers of quiet like diamonds in a velvet-lined box.
Sounds Like: Flying Lotus, Ras G, Floating Points
Where to Start: The lilting miniature "Freezetag," featured on his upcoming debut. To get further into Brrd's murky, meditative mindset, check out his Blueberry mixtape.