In just a few days, some of the LAFV team will be out in Barcelona for Primavera Sound festival 2017. And we cannot wait. Primavera Sound has always been synonymous with Rock and Indie music, and this year is no exception. However, amongst the Van Morrisons and Slayers, there are some more contemporary artists that we are keeping a special ear and eye out for.
King Krule aka Archy Marshall aka Edgar the Beatmaker aka Zoo Kid is one of South London’s finest outputs. No shorter of alias’ is he of tunes that cross genres. It been almost two years since his last album release – A New Place to Drown, but we are excited to see Archy front and centre a playing some new material in the Barcelona sunshine. Most recently, Krule spent some time with Mount Kimbie on their residency with NTS radio. He aired a couple of new tracks ‘When and Why’ and ‘Untiled’ and shared on the music that he’s been listening to in his period away from the spotlight. So it’s to be expected that we will hear a full project from Archy very soon. Very much look forward to Krule taking us a few years back with choice favourites Out Getting Ribs and Easy Easy.
A nice throw away fact about the multi-talented Londoner. He’s an artist and also has his own clothing line – http://setadrift.bigcartel.com/ some very summery garms.
Last year, Solange surprised the masses with her critically acclaimed second studio album ‘A Seat at the Table’. For me, it was one of the best albums of 2016 and my personal favourite contemporary R&B album of the year – sorry Frank and Blood Orange. Her work with the likes of the latter and artist like Kindness have clearly help mould and define her new sound and I expect her performance to be as engaging and polarising as the aforementioned. From the moment that I listened to A Seat at The Table, I’d been periodically searching the internet to look for the next feasible opportunity to see her perform her masterpiece in the flesh – enter Primavera Sound 2017. The thought of seeing songs like Cranes in the Sky and Weary in the Barcelona sunshine is a pleasant one, to say the least, and her performance is one that I’m likely to savour the most.
With her soulful voice, subtle yet commanding stage presence and array of performable track from the album, Solange is likely to put on an unreal and surreal show for the hoards of us that will surely flock to see what she’s capable of. It’s been a stellar 9 months for Ms. Knowles and long may into continue, well into the festival circuit…well at least for Prima and Lovebox anyway…she can do a Frank O elsewhere, if she wants :).
Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen, Alexander Sowinski and Leland Whitty form the Hip-Hop influenced jazz collective BADBADNOTGOOD (stylised as BBNG). Canada seems to be the current epicentre of musical talent in the Western World and not only has it been responsible for birthing some of most commercially successful modern day Hip-Hop acts like Drake but, ‘O Canada’, has been responsible for producing some of the worlds more understated, underrated and equally talented Hip-Hop acts too. Enter BBNG. Not as commercially successful or well known as some of their fellow countrymen/women, BBNG are, though, likely to be one of your favourite rappers favourite artist. And for good reason.
With an already impressive catalogue of albums and a host of wide-ranging collaborators, including the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Kaytranada and Ghostface Killah (GO AND CHECK OUT SOUR SOUL W/ GHOSTFACE, IT’S PRETTY GREAT), the Toronto bred quartet are likely to be one of the first acts artists look to turn to when then want to incorporate some authentic jazzy track into their project. Much like some of the other acts on this list, this will be my first time seeing them and I am eager to see how they plan to captivate the crowd. There’s something about instrumentals, especially those with a Hip-Hop infused base, that resonate with people sometimes more so than any lyrics can…that and they provide a great oppo for the mandem and gyaldem to shell down the dance with a couple 16-bar freestyles for the culture over Cashmere or IV – Ay Tone, Dillah, Shizzle and Mindu the floor will be ours.
Miguel. That’s all that really needs to be said, if I’m honest. The guy leg dropped an unsuspecting female fan at the Billboard Music Awards back in 2013, so you can probably bet your bottom dollar that he’ll only look to harpoon himself from the Heineken Stage into the thousands of adoring fans that he’s acquired over the last 6 or 7 years, at Primavera Sound this Thursday. Miguel is actually the first act that I am looking forward to seeing, and his set has been placed at the perfect time – 8pm on the Thursday evening. I have visions of the LA native blessing us with some of his classic slow-jamz like Pussy Is Mine, Girl With The Tattoo and Candle in the Sun (to name a few) whilst the sun sets over the Parc De Forum. And when the sun sets, inhibitions loosen, alcohol flows and the party starts, I hope Miguel’s set accompanies the shift in mood and atmosphere.
He’s got such a massive mix of songs, that can fit any time and place, that it’s hard to imagine Miguel producing anything but a wondrous, wild and warm high energy performance. With Solange directly after him on the Mango stage and Bon Iver on the Heineken after that, Miguel has all of the ingredients to open any evening at any summertime festival. The fact that it’s on a beach, around the same time that day turns into night just adds to the theatre of this Hardy Boy in disguises potential performance.
An artist that seldom needs any introduction but is still relatively under-the-radar for someone of his standing and talent, Sampha, is also set to take to the stage at Primavera Sound this week. With a voice unlike any that has come before or after his rise of prominence, the South London crooner is likely to take the Barca crowd by surprise. His popularity in the UK and US is always rising, as is his stock -collaborations with the the likes of Drake, Solange, Frank Ocean and Kanye West have seen to that – but what is relatively unknown is how many people in Mainland Europe and beyond know exactly what the Morden singer is capable of. One thing he is capable of, is bringing a grown man close to tears (went to his concert in Bristol at the tail-end of last year and got a likkle bit teary-eyed when he sang Too Much) with his heartfelt lyrics, crisp production and he’s undivided, unconditional love for his piano. That same piano, I’m sure, will accompany him on the Ray Ban stage in Barcelona and that will make for a must-see performance.
With his powerful and beautiful debut album, Process, just about about fully digested, along with songs from his 2013 EP Duel and even the unbelievably underrated offering he delivered for Drake on More Life – 4422 – Sampha will have more than enough music to keep everyone with their Kleenex at the ready. He does have a few songs to switch up the pace if needs be – literally just messaged my boy about Reverse Faults being my personal request – and seeing as Solange is also in town around the same time….maybe….just maybe….we may see Don’t Touch My Hair performed how the lord always intended, with Lord Sampha and Dame Solange touching the stage and mic, together.
Primavera Sound is likely to be one of the best festivals of the summer, with a list of new-age artists incorporated into a line-up filled with legends of their respective genre’s like Skepta, The XX, Grace Jones and Slayer. With Frank Ocean’s last minute cancellation – PLEASE DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT CANCELLING LOVEBOX – all we can hope for is the artists mentioned above, and everyone else performing at the festival, can justify why it sold out so damn quickly.
Check out our Primavera Sound Preview Playlist below: