Well, here we are. On the eve of Metropolis, the inaugural incarnation of the most promising festival this side of Electric Picnic, we take a look at what we’re (rather greedily) looking forward to seeing at Dublin’s RDS this weekend. From electronica to hip hop, we’ve got a top selection of picks to check out ahead of the main event. See you there?
Hot off the release of the captivating double disc album, Summertime 06, Vince Staples is on the way to solidifying his position as a major contender and vivid story teller. One of our wild-cards for the hip-hop heads this weekend.
We couldn’t in good faith preview the immeasurable talent on display this weekend (especially that of the dance-y persuasion) without mentioning our favourite neon-electro clubsters. Le Galaxie are surely a household name by now for most of, so we’ll let the track do the talking…
They’re now a main staple on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’, but have some how found the time for a headline gig in Ireland. They haven’t stopped releasing new music either. Last year’s …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin had some ridiculously good standout tracks which are sure to get a run through at the gig.
As underground and as DIY as hip-hop gets; especially considering the bais are only young, Hare Squead are one of the most promising acts to emerge from the Dublin scene in recent memory – and rightly so, the work ethic this outfit displays is original, bold and relentlessly ambitious. A must-see.
Chicago native Vic Mensa attracted the attention of many people on his meteoric rise to the top over the past few months – most notably Kanye West as demonstrated on ‘U Mad’ – but can he live up to the hype?
Where the hell would we even begin to try and big-up-he-who-is-bigger-than-big-ups? It’s FOUR TET for goodness sake. Brilliant beats, complex yet enveloping arrangements and a knack for sucking listeners into a vortex of emotional and collective frenzy, expect future cuts and twists on older material. We are..
Songwriter-extraordinaire Mark Ronson has a riveting live set – as briefly shown in the clip below. You can’t rely on the special guests to show up… but you can guarantee he’ll bring the funk. We hope. He will. He DEFINITELY will..
A producer that hasn’t quite garnered the widespread recognition he deserves, but very much a staple of the underground, fluid style of hip-house, future-footwork and beyond, Kaytranada might be flying solo this weekend, but he’s by no means an insular act – his remixes are more than enough to keep the dance-floor going. Just check his production skills…
Mr. Nice. MISTER F•••ing NICE. Not exactly the most musical of folk, but a storyteller of little comparison with a story and a half to tell. His influence is massive and he’s a character..why wouldn’t we puff puff pas..Erm, we mean, catch the dude speak?
Last but not least, one of our most highly rated, highly searched artists of 2015 – Jamie xx has been something of a controversial figure around the State conference table (alright, coffee..place) lately. Whether you agree or not on the impact of In Colour, you have to appreciate the tenacity, innovation and influence this producer has had on post-2010 music.
Written by Ross Logan and Aaron Drain