Five Acts To Check Out At This Year’s MoogFest

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Next month, Durham will play host to this year’s MoogFest, an innovative mash-up of artists, designers and creatives birthed from the genius of Dr. Robert Moog. We’re excited by what’s to come during those few days (17th to 21st May), particularly in regards to who’ll be contributing to the music side of this event. Below, we’ve grouped of five such acts to check out:

Flying Lotus

The always-forward thinking Flying Lotus (who — via his Brainfeeder imprint — has helped shed light on the likes of Lapalux and Thundercat) will certainly be bringing his deathly awesome vibes to Durham, thanks to releases like You’re Dead! (as well as classic drops Los Angeles and Cosmogramma and Until The Quiet Comes). Hopefully, the West Coast producer will also be providing some entertainment on the festival’s film side — he recently premiered his, um…cringeworthy film Kuso at Sundance.

Expect a mix of nostalgic, Jazz-y Funk, experimental Hip-Hop and mind-bending Electronica when Steve takes the stage.

Talib Kweli

One of the dopest things about MoogFest is diversity and push and social change: the event’s coordinators made this clear during last year’s debate over HB2 (the now-infamous ‘Bathroom Bill’). This year, that resistance continues with their Protest Stage, which will also take aim at Donald Trump’s travel ban — leading that line-up will be none other than Talib Kweli, who will bring his timeless brand of Hip-Hop (and hopefully a guest or two…a Black Star and Reflection Eternal reunion, perhaps?) to the forefront.

Check out Talib Kweli’s latest project — his collab piece with 9th Wonder, titled Indie 500here. Other recent drops can be found via his website.

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco has been blazing her own trail for a while now, thanks to a slew of EPs and mixtapes that have been dropping for much of this decade…as a result, the artist of many different identities (gender fluid being one of them) has almost single-handedly pioneered the LGBTIQ’s entry into the depths of Hip-Hop culture. Now, Mykki will be bringing her genre-bending style to MoogFest, fresh off of last year’s debut album Mykki (as well as a recent collaboration with Wiki back in January).

Michael Stipe

Fans of the now-defunct R.E.M. already know what it means to hear the voice of former frontman Michael Stipe (please refer to their discography). Now, it’s been announced that the legendary singer-songwriter would be debuting both a “never-before-seen” multimedia installation (which will run through the duration of the festival) as well as his “first solo composition ever”. Given his presence as an activist, you can expect a powerful message from Stipe as well.

Stones Throw

Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stone Throw Records will be making an appearance at MoogFest as well, sharing their set with Matthewdavid and Jesselissa Moretti’s Leaving Records (of which Stones Throw is its exclusive distributor). While Leaving Records is sure to provide some great surprises, we’re pretty hype about the possibilities that come with Stones Throw — artists like Tuxedo, Homeboy Sandman, Karriem Riggins, Knxwledge (one half of NxWorries with Anderson .Paak) and even Snoop Dogg collaborator Dâm-Funk are signed to the historic label.

Check out the full schedule (and get your tickets) for MoogFest here.

ALBUM STREAM: Drake – More Life

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Welp, it’s finally here. Earlier this evening, Drake debuted his new album — a “playlist” project titled More Life — on Apple Music’s Beats 1 via his OVO Sound Radio show. From the looks of things, the Canadian star has redeemed himself to those who were critical of Views…it also looks like he’s still throwing shots as his competition (mainly, Meek Mill).

More Life contains 22 tracks and features appearances from Giggs, Skepta, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Sampha, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Quavo, Young Thug (who is on fire right now lyrically) and more. Stream below via Apple Music, Spotify or — gasp! — TIDAL.



Radiohead & Kendrick Lamar Are Headlining Coachella; Lady Gaga Replaces Beyoncé (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Well…it looks like Beyoncé’s twin pregnancy is taking her out of this year’s Coachella Festival. Good new though — not only is she confirmed for 2018, Lady Gaga will also be taking her place for the upcoming run. So there’s that.

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Without a doubt, Coachella 2017 will be massive (as it is every year). Recently, the full line-up for the festival was released, which sees Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar as headliners….they’ll be joined by essentially everybody — The xx, Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, Future, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Lorde, Lil Uzi Vert….everybody.

You can check out the impressive line-up below. Coachella takes place in Indio, California 14th to 16th April and 21st to 23rd April. Get your tickets here.

ALBUM STREAM: Ed Sheeran – ÷

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After a long-enough wait, Ed Sheeran finally liberates his new album ÷, which can be streamed below via Apple Music. In addition, we’ve also included Sheeran’s remixes of ‘Shape Of You‘, which features assistance from the likes of Major Lazer and Stormzy (the latter of whom performed his version with Sheeran at the BRIT Awards). We’re definitely excited to take this album in.

In related news: Ed Sheeran revealed that he whacked Justin Bieber in the face with a golf club (during or following a wild, drunken night out). Read more about that here.




Frank Ocean Vs. The GRAMMYs (Continued)

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We previously reported on Frank Ocean intentionally leaving his music off of the list for this year’s GRAMMY nominations, which he attributed to the award show’s need to modernise, particularly in regards to minorities:

That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down. I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.

Then, GRAMMY producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild said this to Rolling Stone, essentially stating that Ocean’s mad because a past GRAMMY performance was ultimately a failure:

Frank had a very definite idea of exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it… Ken said, that’s not great TV, and what he’s taught all of us is, ‘We’re not putting on a radio show…you have to make it a TV moment.’ And he knew from the start that that was not one of those moments…We executed his vision knowing that it was faulty. And we tried to tell him that, we tried to tell his management that, we tried to tell the record label that. So, his feelings about the Grammys right now, I would imagine, probably go back to that in one way. But honestly, it wasn’t us.

Now, Frank Ocean has taken to his Tumblr post (pretty much the only place outside of music he speaks from, anyway) to respond to Ken and David, which you can read in its entirety below.

Ok Ken (and David). As much as I hate to make you guys famous or even respond to you directly. We all die one day and you’re old so fuck it. Yea yea my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit. Technical difficulties, blah blah. Thanks for the reminder. Very much appreciated. Fuck that performance though. You think that’s why I kept my work out of the Grammy process this year? Don’t you think I would’ve wanted to play the show to ‘redeem’ myself if I felt that way? In reality, I actually wanted to participate in honoring Prince on the show but then I figured my best tribute to that man’s legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful. Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful. It took me some time to learn that. I bought all my masters back last year in the prime of my career, that’s successful. Blonde sold a million plus without a label, that’s successful. I am young, black, gifted and independent.. that’s my tribute. I’ve actually been tuning into CBS around this time of year for a while to see who gets the top honor and you know what’s really not ‘great TV’ guys? 1989 getting album of the year over To Pimp A Butterfly. Hands down one of the most ‘faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen. Believe the people. Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your program on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep. Use the old gramophone to actually listen bro, I’m one of the best alive. And if you’re up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I’m all for it. Have a good night.

The xx, A Tribe Called Quest & Pet Shop Boys To Headline Bestival 2017

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This year’s Bestival has revealed their official line-up, which sees The xx, A Tribe Called Quest and Pet Shop Boys as the main headliners. In addition, Danny Brown, Ray BLK, Stefflon Don, Justice, Little Dragon, Dizzee Rascal, Laura Mvula and many more can also be seen on the line-up, along with many different stages.

Bestival takes place 7th to 10th September in Dorset, England’s Lulworth Estate. Get your tickets here.

Wiley Is Officially Back With ‘Godfather’ (Stream)

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One of Grime’s greatest pillars (if not the greatest) is officially back in effect: today, the legendary Wiley liberates his new album Godfather, a 17-track offering that features many of his long-standing peers — Skepta, Jme, P Money, Chip, Ice Kid (!), Frisco, J2K, Lethal Bizzle, Scratchy, Manga, Ghetts, Newham Generals and more make an appearance.

You can stream/purchase Godfather below via Apple Music/iTunes…we’ve also included a recent freestyle visual and interview clip(s) with DJ Vlad for good measure.


R.I.P. George Michael (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Thames Valley police have revealed that initial tests to see what caused George Michael’s passing have been inconclusive. Following Thursday’s post-mortem, further tests will be carried out over the coming weeks.

Damn. It’s been revealed by his publicist that music icon George Michael has passed away at the age of 53. According to his attorney, his death was a result of heart failure; Thames Valley Police are still investigating.

R.I.P. to a legend.

DOPE: Dapz On The Map (Video)

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Make no mistake: Dapz On The Map is easily one of Birmingham’s most premiere artists. (Somewhat) recently, we were able to catch up with Dapz during a London visit, where he spoke on his long-awaited album ‘DSAW’ (Don’t Say A Word), Grime (and if he considers himself a Grime artist), longtime collaborator Jaykae and much more.