At the beginning of February, British musician Sampha released his debut album, Process. Most people would probably recognize Sampha’s voice from his features on Drake’s “The Motion” and “Too Much,” or from SBTRKT’s “Hold On” and “Never Never.” His talent has also been noticed by a number of other great artists like Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Solange. Needless to say, this guy’s got talent.
Process will probably go down as one of my favorite albums of all time. I’ve listened to it at least three times a week for the last month and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I love the way his raw, soulful vocals contrast against the trancelike, electronic instrumentals. He creates something that is both real and surreal at the same time. My only wish is that I was listening to it on vinyl. Also be sure to check out his NPR special, “Tiny Desk Concert.”
Since graduating college in December, I’ve been busy traveling, moving and trying to find a job. I didn’t have a ton of time to dedicate to finding new music this winter, but still would love to share some of my favorite finds over the last three months:
My favorite part about the new year is that it’s like an instant refresh on all of the festivals. I wish it was my job to attend them all, but even though I can’t, I still love looking at all of the different lineups and seeing what artists are playing everywhere.
Next weekend kicks off my first festival for the year at Air + Style, but so far that’s all I’ve got planned. I spend so much time looking at lineups that I thought I’d make it easier on some of my friends and put together a comprehensive, chronological list of all the lineups I’m stoked on this Spring. I’ve got all the prices and locations listed for you, plus some of the acts I would want to see at each one. This only covers from now until April, so I will definitely be posting a summer lineup guide once more of them are out.
As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one day, I came across a sponsored article from YourEDM.com titled Finally, an All-Natural, Legal Party Pill That’s Actually Good for You [Review]. Of course, I clicked on it because if I wasn’t going to, Facebook’s algorithms wouldn’t have put it there. I read the review, scanned the page for any advertorial disclaimers and double-checked the site’s credits before deciding the source seemed legit.
One of my favorite Soundcloud discoveries this year is ye. (pronounced “yeah”). I first found his song “iwantuu” over summer and smashhheddd that download link. The drop is similar to Sam Gellaitry’s “Long Distance,” but it goes way harder. It uploaded to iTunes with no artist listed, so I had no idea who the genius behind the beat was until I came across another one of his songs a little later. I checked out his profile and was completely sold—homie has some epic sounds. Check out some of my favorites below, but definitely go check out ye.’s Soundcloud and show him some love.
Two weekends ago, I went with my friends to VoodooFestival in New Orleans. If you haven’t ever been to a festival there, put it on your bucket list. The city is the best place to be if you want to have a good time, and festivals like Voodoo and Buku never fail to impress with their lineups (plus, tickets and hotels really aren’t too pricey). This year was even more special because the festival fell on Halloween weekend. I really couldn’t have thought of a better place to spend my favorite holiday, and I was not let down at all. I figured I’d share who I saw, what I wore, and how it was each day.
My freshman year of college, I discovered one of Chicago’s many hidden treasures: Kids These Days. The band is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, mixing a sultry blend of rock, rap, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Their musical talent and capabilities are so apparent in their sound that you know it’s the kind of band you have to see live. Unfortunately, their prodigy was short-lived. After four years and one album, the group split up in 2013.
October just started and it’s already been an exciting month. On the 1st, I saw Flume. It was my second time seeing him, and he was just as incredible as the first time. He played every single one of his good songs, plus some really cool ones at the end. I didn’t have the best spot in the crowd, so my video isn’t that great, but you can tell the crowd was going off. Continue reading “OCTOBER LINEUP”