With the announcement of Buku 2015's completed line-up earlier this week, Where Y'at took a moment to compile a list of 9 artists playing this year's festival that you might not be familiar with...but should.
Hailing from Sodermalm, Sweden, Yung Lean has exploded on the trap scene as a refreshing foreign artist blending bass heavy trap beats with melodic introspection, and often downright bizarre rhymes. Currently on a multi-city USA tour, his show is sure to ‘turn up’ in more ways than one.
Local (Baton Rouge, LA) producer SuicideYear has received an influx of well-deserved press in the past year. Production on Yung Lean’s “Hurt” showcased his talent to a wider audience, and his remixes (notably Waka Flocka Flame’s “I Go Hard in the Paint” and Future’s “Honest”) exemplify his knowledge of trap music and talent on a drum machine. For those looking for heavy bass and trap music, this is definitely not to be missed.
With high-profile producers like Sango and Ta-Ku, the Soulection crew out of Los Angeles has become a prominent faction in the electronic music scene. Mr. Carmack is no exception; blending bass heavy trap beats with danceable synthesizer melodies.
In a city so famous for it’s music, it is hard not to be influenced by such a driving force. Carneyval is the perfect example of this – a resident of New Orleans, his funky, heavily synthesized dance music reflects the musical fabric of this city in a way that is not often nor easily achieved.
Holding residency at Ibiza’s famous Circoloco DC-10, Jamie Jones maintains a lifestyle that requires him to party all night, and (almost) every night. Often cited as ‘the new sound of house’, his Hot Creations label boasts the likes of Miguel Campbell, Infinity Ink, and newcomer Patrick Topping. Expect anything from rare disco cuts to heavy-bass house and techno music.
Following recent trends in electronic musical exploration, subgenres around the world have suddenly been re-vitalized, influencing producers and DJ’s from around the globe to form their own sound entirely. With heavy influences from Baltimore and Philly club music, the Range’s fast-paced breakbeats are countered with slow and sensual old school hip-hop and RnB vocals to create a unique and compelling sound.
Originally from Vancouver, BC, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance have combined to form deep-house duo Bob Moses. With melodic basslines and soothing piano samples, their music is very much dance-oriented, making it very accessible to those who are not so much about the drop, but rather about the groove of the music.
With an almost overwhelming focus on electronic music, Raury provides a refreshing sense of calm to the Buku lineup. Hailing from outside Atlanta, his acoustic-indie-folk has attracted the likes of Kanye West and SBTRKT, the latter of whom featured him on a track this past September. Blending hip-hop rhyming with RnB and indie-style singing, Raury is sure to bring a captivating show to the ballroom.
For fans of loops and drum machines, Robert DeLong provides a bridge between indie and EDM that is not seen very often. Using a number of drum pads, synthesizers, and percussion instruments in his live performances, his show is sure to be a combination of both audio and visual elements that will leave the crowd itching for more.