Mayer Hawthorne (Hot Press Academy, Sunday)
On the strength of his astounding debut LP, A Strange Arrangement, Mayer Hawthorne’s set promises to be the smoothest and certainly most soulful of the weekend. As well as some definite retro Motown grooves, Hawthorne’s music has a J. Dilla edge creating a sound that is both classic and nu-soul, also making him State’s top recommendation for the weekend.
Local Natives (Red Bull Music Academy, Sunday)
Since the release of their album in 2009, Californian quintet Local Natives have been quietly going about the business of winning over the world with glorious alt-pop classics like -Sun Hands’, -Airplanes’ and Phantom favourite -Camera Talk’. Their recent headliner at Academy 2 was absolutely jammed, and their first Irish festival appearance is hotly anticipated.
Primary 1 (Dance Arena, Friday)
With only a handful of singles under his belt, UK producer Primary 1 is garnering some well deserved attention from both sides of the Atlantic. Earlier this year he collaborated with The Cardigan’s Nina Persson on ‘The Blues’, a sweet, shuffling dance number and has since delivered some spliced-up beats, squelching synths, and bottom-of-the-well vocals with ‘Princess’, ‘Foaming’ and ‘Enough’. Intriguing.
Lissie (Hot Press Academy, Friday)
US folk rocker Lissie (pictured) may have only released her debut album, Catching A Tiger, in June, but she has been talked about in -next big thing’ circles for a couple of years now. Having supported Lenny Kravitz on his 2008 Love Revolution tour, after a friend tipped him off to her myspace page, Lissie then recorded her Why You Runnin’ EP with Band Of Horses’ Bill Reynolds, co-wrote -Oh Mississippi’ with Ed Harcourt and subsequently signed with Columbia Records, who released Catching A Tiger a month ago to considerable acclaim.