SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 15
Electrofunk newcomers Jungle top tonight’s eclectic set of acts from across the states and the globe. Highlights:
Jungle (9) – Jungle’s four song EP The Heat lives up to its name on each of its varied tracks. Each track boasts infectious production with a focus on groove and harmonies.
Shawn Chrystopher (7) – LA rapper Shawn Chrystopher has a rapid fire flow that he pairs with sparse spaced out electronic leaning beats. Chrystopher’s lyrics are often introspective though he doesn’t fall into the trap of coming off as preachy or boring.
DeLorean (6) – Houston rapper DeLorean has a driving punchy flow and a strong sense of storytelling on his newest mixtape Grace. The album also boasts some of the South’s finest on the album. There is no mistaking DeLorean hails from third coast but his polished production and approachable writing separates him from the city’s crowded scene.
Dizzy Wright (6) – XXL 2013 freshman Dizzy Wright has had a prolific year with three mixtapes that show a multifaceted young talent. His tracks have tend to have positive introspective lyrics and are backed by chill laidback beats. His mixtape The Golden Age shows Dizzy is an artist to keep an eye on.
Taj Weekes & Adowa (6) – Taj Weekes has a scratchy vocal delivery that perfectly suits the laidback roots reggae he records with NYC based group Adowa. Weekes’ socially conscious lyrics are juxtaposed with the often up-beat instrumentation which rewards both passive and engaged listening.
The Pepper Pots (6) – The Pepper Pots are an old school soul group from Spain that pairs a dynamic female vocal duo and seven-piece backing bands. Fans of classic soul and the Daptone label will find a lot to love in their newest album We Must Fight.
Random (Mega Ran) (6) – Mega Ran is usually pigeonholed as a nerdcore rapper since a lot of his material has a classic video game theme. He is a nerd that raps but doesn’t have the obnoxious laser focus on singular topics that most nerdcore rappers do. His style is approachable and modest which has helped form a tight bond with the devoted fan base that scoops up his numerous releases.
The Suffers (6) – The Suffers are a Houston based throwback R&B group that incorporates elements of soul, classic rock, and rocksteady to create their unique sound. The group’s singer Kam Franklin has a powerful voice reminiscent of the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.