Operation Every Band

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Two creative beatsmiths from the Soulection label, a comedy writer getting serious about hip hop, and three rappers responsible for three of my favorite mixtapes of the last year lead this HUGE hip hop and R&B set. Highlights:
Sango (10) – Grand Rapids based musician Sango is an R&B producer that mixes electronic beats with soulful vocals. Standout tracks on his first full length album North include collaborations with SPZRKT, JMSN, and Ta-ku & Tracey. The album was one of the standout albums released by his label Soulection last year.
Chance the Rapper (10) – Chance the Rapper is a young rapper from Chicago that released his Acid Rap mixtape last year. The mixtape was one of last year’s best albums. Chance has a unique vocal delivery on both his fun tracks and introspective tracks. He incorporates a lot of sing-along hooks into his tracks.
Childish Gambino (7) – aka Donald Glover (previously) of Community, is a rapper out of Georgia. While he’s best known for his acting and comedy writing, Gambino has chosen to focus on music. He raps with personal and funny lyrics over musical electronic beats.
Vic Mensa (7) – Vic Mensa came to prominence as a member of the rap group Kids These Days. He went solo with the release of last year’s solid free mixtape INNANETAPE. He shares a lot stylistically with childhood best friend Chance the Rapper but has a quicker smooth flow and a more musical style.
Dyme-A-Duzin (7) – Rapper Dyme-A-Duzin is a member of the creative Brooklyn based Phony PPL collective. He has a quick flow and raps over dynamic musical beats. His mixtape A Portrait Of Donnovan released last year is an eclectic album featuring Dyme’s unique delivery. 
ESTA (7) – Esta like Sango above is signed to the electronic music, hip hop, beats, and R&B label Soulection. He fits right into the innovative labels roster with his soulful electronic production style. 
DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu feat. Thunder Cat (6) – Erykah Badu spinning record with the support of the creative musician Thunder Cat, need I say more? This should be a popular showcase.
Zeale (6) – Austin rapper Zeale, best known for his collaborations with the band Awolnation, incorporates a lot of indie rock elements into his hip hop tracks. He has a clear quick flow and raps over polished beats. He’s a rapper that grows on you with each track. Fans of rap rock should check out his last full length Iconical and Wake Hell Or Make Peace.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 130


Two creative beatsmiths from the Soulection label, a comedy writer getting serious about hip hop, and three rappers responsible for three of my favorite mixtapes of the last year lead this HUGE hip hop and R&B set. Highlights:

Sango (10) – Grand Rapids based musician Sango is an R&B producer that mixes electronic beats with soulful vocals. Standout tracks on his first full length album North include collaborations with SPZRKT, JMSN, and Ta-ku & Tracey. The album was one of the standout albums released by his label Soulection last year.

Chance the Rapper (10) – Chance the Rapper is a young rapper from Chicago that released his Acid Rap mixtape last year. The mixtape was one of last year’s best albums. Chance has a unique vocal delivery on both his fun tracks and introspective tracks. He incorporates a lot of sing-along hooks into his tracks.

Childish Gambino (7) – aka Donald Glover (previously) of Community, is a rapper out of Georgia. While he’s best known for his acting and comedy writing, Gambino has chosen to focus on music. He raps with personal and funny lyrics over musical electronic beats.

Vic Mensa (7) – Vic Mensa came to prominence as a member of the rap group Kids These Days. He went solo with the release of last year’s solid free mixtape INNANETAPE. He shares a lot stylistically with childhood best friend Chance the Rapper but has a quicker smooth flow and a more musical style.

Dyme-A-Duzin (7) – Rapper Dyme-A-Duzin is a member of the creative Brooklyn based Phony PPL collective. He has a quick flow and raps over dynamic musical beats. His mixtape A Portrait Of Donnovan released last year is an eclectic album featuring Dyme’s unique delivery.

ESTA (7) – Esta like Sango above is signed to the electronic music, hip hop, beats, and R&B label Soulection. He fits right into the innovative labels roster with his soulful electronic production style.

DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu feat. Thunder Cat (6) – Erykah Badu spinning record with the support of the creative musician Thunder Cat, need I say more? This should be a popular showcase.

Zeale (6) – Austin rapper Zeale, best known for his collaborations with the band Awolnation, incorporates a lot of indie rock elements into his hip hop tracks. He has a clear quick flow and raps over polished beats. He’s a rapper that grows on you with each track. Fans of rap rock should check out his last full length Iconical and Wake Hell Or Make Peace.

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Another set for those studying the schedules or if you’re just looking for some good music. R&B singer and rapper Aloe Blacc leads this Hip Hop and R&B set. Highlights:
Aloe Blacc (10) – Soul singer Aloe Blacc is one of the most entertaining and diverse artists in soul and hip hop. He has had the most success with his solo soul releases and his collaboration with Avicii on last year’s Wake me Up! 
Emanon (8) – Hip Hop duo Emanon is Aloe Blacc with producer Exile on the beats. Their 2005 album The Waiting Room is one of the best West Coast hip hop albums of the last decade. With both artist’s busy release schedule SXSW presents a rare opportunity to see the two together. 
The Chicharones (8) – The Chicharones are rapper and singer Josh Martinez and Sleep out of Portland. Josh Martinez switches between singing and rapping while Sleep laces track with blazing fast flows. The two excel at writing both personal introspective tracks and slapstick comedy and fun party tracks.
Tyler, the Creator (7) – Tyler, the Creator is the leader and co-founder of the hip hop collective Odd Future. He’s probably best known for his shocking antics and fuck-it-all attitude. He pulled double duty on his newest album Wolf, producing 17 of the 18 tracks. The album is Tyler’s best to date, featuring his most focused, though still gleefully all over the place, writing to date and the production is layered and energetic. 
Blue Sky Black Death (6) – Blue Sky Black Death is a production duo out of Seattle that makes both instrumental albums and collaborative albums with a number of emcees. Their instrumental tracks tend to be dark brooding songs with a cinematic flair. Their collaborative albums have featured pairings with Hell Razah, Jean Grae, Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar, and Child Actor, among others. 
Ratking (6) – Hip hop group Ratking captures the gritty style that defined New York indie rap in the 90’s but update the sound with more aggressive ominous production. Rapper Wiki has a sharp nasally flow and fellow rapper Hak rhymes with a more monotone delivery over production from World’s Fair and Sporting Life.
YelaWolf (6) – Alabama rapper YelaWolf raps with a thick accented flow over thumping beats. His sound has a heavy dose of 90s Southern rap nostalgia mixed with hazy lyrics.

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Another set for those studying the schedules or if you’re just looking for some good music. R&B singer and rapper Aloe Blacc leads this Hip Hop and R&B set. Highlights:

Aloe Blacc (10) – Soul singer Aloe Blacc is one of the most entertaining and diverse artists in soul and hip hop. He has had the most success with his solo soul releases and his collaboration with Avicii on last year’s Wake me Up!

Emanon (8) – Hip Hop duo Emanon is Aloe Blacc with producer Exile on the beats. Their 2005 album The Waiting Room is one of the best West Coast hip hop albums of the last decade. With both artist’s busy release schedule SXSW presents a rare opportunity to see the two together.

The Chicharones (8) – The Chicharones are rapper and singer Josh Martinez and Sleep out of Portland. Josh Martinez switches between singing and rapping while Sleep laces track with blazing fast flows. The two excel at writing both personal introspective tracks and slapstick comedy and fun party tracks.

Tyler, the Creator (7) – Tyler, the Creator is the leader and co-founder of the hip hop collective Odd Future. He’s probably best known for his shocking antics and fuck-it-all attitude. He pulled double duty on his newest album Wolf, producing 17 of the 18 tracks. The album is Tyler’s best to date, featuring his most focused, though still gleefully all over the place, writing to date and the production is layered and energetic.

Blue Sky Black Death (6) – Blue Sky Black Death is a production duo out of Seattle that makes both instrumental albums and collaborative albums with a number of emcees. Their instrumental tracks tend to be dark brooding songs with a cinematic flair. Their collaborative albums have featured pairings with Hell Razah, Jean Grae, Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar, and Child Actor, among others.

Ratking (6) – Hip hop group Ratking captures the gritty style that defined New York indie rap in the 90’s but update the sound with more aggressive ominous production. Rapper Wiki has a sharp nasally flow and fellow rapper Hak rhymes with a more monotone delivery over production from World’s Fair and Sporting Life.

YelaWolf (6) – Alabama rapper YelaWolf raps with a thick accented flow over thumping beats. His sound has a heavy dose of 90s Southern rap nostalgia mixed with hazy lyrics.

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MØ an electro-pop vocalist and a favorite from last year leads this Sunday afternoon set along with three unique electro-pop newcomers. Highlights:
MØ (9) – Danish singer-songwriter Karen Marie Ørsted better known as MØ makes inventive toe tapping electro-pop. She fills a stage with her energetic commanding vocal presence at live performances.  
Wet (8) – New York three piece Wet play sparse dreamy Electro-pop. singer Kelly Zutrau’s vocals float over percussionist Joe Valle and guitarist Marty Sulkow’s ethereal production.
Kan Wakan (7) – Kan Wakan is composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui I. Linev, singer Kristianne Bautista and producer/guitarist Peter Potyond. The group plays a sweeping mixture of psychedelic rock, jazz, and electro-pop. Ambitious in scope the groups songs feature Bautista’s Americana inspired booming vocals and laid back cinematic production.
Mas Ysa (7) – Mas Ysa is Canadian composer Thomas Arsenault, he takes an everything including the kitchen sink approach to production including techno beats, field recordings, and folk vocals into his big sweeping songs.
How Sad (6) – How Sad is an indie dance synth pop band from Montreal .Their track feature catchy hooks and personal lyrics. The bands songs are catchy and juxtapose pensive lyrics against bubbly pop melodies. 
Overdoz (6) – Overdoz is made up the rappers Cream, Sleezy, Tube, and Kent. The rappers spit verses rapid fire with complimenting flows and singing over high energy beats. They have an eccentric and fun style that makes for a great live show.

Strange Talk (6) – SThe Australian pop band Strange Talk is made up of frontman Stephen Docker, producer/DJ/bassist Gerard Sidhu, Travis Constable on drums and Gillan Gregory on guitar. The group plays upbeat electro-pop with catchy hooks.

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MØ an electro-pop vocalist and a favorite from last year leads this Sunday afternoon set along with three unique electro-pop newcomers. Highlights:

MØ (9) – Danish singer-songwriter Karen Marie Ørsted better known as MØ makes inventive toe tapping electro-pop. She fills a stage with her energetic commanding vocal presence at live performances. 

Wet (8) – New York three piece Wet play sparse dreamy Electro-pop. singer Kelly Zutrau’s vocals float over percussionist Joe Valle and guitarist Marty Sulkow’s ethereal production.

Kan Wakan (7) – Kan Wakan is composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui I. Linev, singer Kristianne Bautista and producer/guitarist Peter Potyond. The group plays a sweeping mixture of psychedelic rock, jazz, and electro-pop. Ambitious in scope the groups songs feature Bautista’s Americana inspired booming vocals and laid back cinematic production.

Mas Ysa (7) – Mas Ysa is Canadian composer Thomas Arsenault, he takes an everything including the kitchen sink approach to production including techno beats, field recordings, and folk vocals into his big sweeping songs.

How Sad (6) – How Sad is an indie dance synth pop band from Montreal .Their track feature catchy hooks and personal lyrics. The bands songs are catchy and juxtapose pensive lyrics against bubbly pop melodies.

Overdoz (6) – Overdoz is made up the rappers Cream, Sleezy, Tube, and Kent. The rappers spit verses rapid fire with complimenting flows and singing over high energy beats. They have an eccentric and fun style that makes for a great live show.

Strange Talk (6) – SThe Australian pop band Strange Talk is made up of frontman Stephen Docker, producer/DJ/bassist Gerard Sidhu, Travis Constable on drums and Gillan Gregory on guitar. The group plays upbeat electro-pop with catchy hooks.

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A pair of indie hip hop acts and an inventive R&B group from Seattle lead this set of progressive hip hop and R&B artists.  Highlights:
THEESatisfaction (8) – THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, a duo out of Seattle that creates an eccentric mix of hip hop and R&B. The group seems to be bursting at the seams with creative energy having released a number of EPs. on their Sub Pop full length Awe Naturale the two harnessed that energy into one of the best albums of 2012. 
Paranoid Castle (7) – Paranoid Castle is Indie hip hop super-producer Factor and emcee Kirby Dominant. Kirby has a disarming playful rapping style and raps about both introspective and fun topics. Factor’s production is as eclectic as ever on the duo’s tracks, with sunny summer beats, rock leaning tracks, and thumping laidback songs.
Sadistik (7) – Sadistik is a rapper out of Seattle with an intricate rapid fire flow and personal thoughtful tracks. His songs feature dark menacing production from the likes of Blue Sky Black Death and Kno of CunninLynguists.
Peanut Butter Wolf (6) – Peanut Butter Wolf is the founder of the iconic Stones Throw label. Wolf is in Austin for the premiere of the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton which details the labels history. Fellow Stones Throw artists Madlib, Dam-Funk, J Rocc, 14, KT, AMIR, and Mayer Hawthorne will be all over Austin for SXSW.
Prince Paul (6) – Prince Paul has been a prolific producer and rapper since the eighties. He has released solo albums as well as collaborations with some of the biggest names in hip hop with RZA and Frukwan as the Gravediggaz, De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School with Dan the Automator, and his with his son P. Forreal.He’s known for his eclectic sampling and hilarious between song skits.

Pyramid Vritra (6) – Pyramid Vritra is a producer and rapper on PB Wolf’s Stones Throw records. He raps with an understated flow allowing his layered production a fair share of the spotlight. Fans of complex head nodding beats should give Pyramid Vritra a spin.

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A pair of indie hip hop acts and an inventive R&B group from Seattle lead this set of progressive hip hop and R&B artists.  Highlights:

THEESatisfaction (8) – THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, a duo out of Seattle that creates an eccentric mix of hip hop and R&B. The group seems to be bursting at the seams with creative energy having released a number of EPs. on their Sub Pop full length Awe Naturale the two harnessed that energy into one of the best albums of 2012.

Paranoid Castle (7) – Paranoid Castle is Indie hip hop super-producer Factor and emcee Kirby Dominant. Kirby has a disarming playful rapping style and raps about both introspective and fun topics. Factor’s production is as eclectic as ever on the duo’s tracks, with sunny summer beats, rock leaning tracks, and thumping laidback songs.

Sadistik (7) – Sadistik is a rapper out of Seattle with an intricate rapid fire flow and personal thoughtful tracks. His songs feature dark menacing production from the likes of Blue Sky Black Death and Kno of CunninLynguists.

Peanut Butter Wolf (6) – Peanut Butter Wolf is the founder of the iconic Stones Throw label. Wolf is in Austin for the premiere of the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton which details the labels history. Fellow Stones Throw artists Madlib, Dam-Funk, J Rocc, 14, KT, AMIR, and Mayer Hawthorne will be all over Austin for SXSW.

Prince Paul (6) – Prince Paul has been a prolific producer and rapper since the eighties. He has released solo albums as well as collaborations with some of the biggest names in hip hop with RZA and Frukwan as the Gravediggaz, De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School with Dan the Automator, and his with his son P. Forreal.He’s known for his eclectic sampling and hilarious between song skits.

Pyramid Vritra (6) – Pyramid Vritra is a producer and rapper on PB Wolf’s Stones Throw records. He raps with an understated flow allowing his layered production a fair share of the spotlight. Fans of complex head nodding beats should give Pyramid Vritra a spin.

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Young Fathers, a scorching Scottish rap band and recent TDE signee SZA top this quick Saturday afternoon hip hop set. Highlights:
Young Fathers (10) – Young Fathers are a three piece Scottish band that mixes rap, R&B, pop, and electronic production. The band has gotten rave reviews for their loose and spontaneous shows.  
SZA (8) – SZA is an R&B singer recently signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, best known as the home of Kendrick Lamar and the Black Hippy collective. Her songs feature smooth vocals, electronic beats, and frank lyrics. 
Awol One (6) – Often in music the hardest thing to do is make simplicity compelling, but for years Awol One has done just that. His writing style is conversational and personable stripping away any façade. 
Jeremiah Jae (6) – Rapper and producer Jeremiah Jae raps in a smooth flow and over menacing production from heavy hitters Jonwayne, Cohenbeats, and Flying Lotus. Jae brings to Austin songs from a string of solid albums released over the last few years. He and Cohenbeats released the collaborative EP Pennies in January.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (6) – Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds are an eight-piece throwback funk and soul band fronted by sultry voiced singer Sister Sparrow, Arleigh Kincheloe. The band plays tight grooving tracks that pulse with raw energy.

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Young Fathers, a scorching Scottish rap band and recent TDE signee SZA top this quick Saturday afternoon hip hop set. Highlights:

Young Fathers (10) – Young Fathers are a three piece Scottish band that mixes rap, R&B, pop, and electronic production. The band has gotten rave reviews for their loose and spontaneous shows. 

SZA (8) – SZA is an R&B singer recently signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, best known as the home of Kendrick Lamar and the Black Hippy collective. Her songs feature smooth vocals, electronic beats, and frank lyrics.

Awol One (6) – Often in music the hardest thing to do is make simplicity compelling, but for years Awol One has done just that. His writing style is conversational and personable stripping away any façade.

Jeremiah Jae (6) – Rapper and producer Jeremiah Jae raps in a smooth flow and over menacing production from heavy hitters Jonwayne, Cohenbeats, and Flying Lotus. Jae brings to Austin songs from a string of solid albums released over the last few years. He and Cohenbeats released the collaborative EP Pennies in January.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (6) – Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds are an eight-piece throwback funk and soul band fronted by sultry voiced singer Sister Sparrow, Arleigh Kincheloe. The band plays tight grooving tracks that pulse with raw energy.

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Sylvan Esso, a rare “10” leads this morning’s set. The duo is joined by a catchy rap band, a funky R&B band, an electro-R&B “music and art project” and some classic and emerging hip hop acts. Highlights:
Sylvan Esso (10) – Sylvan Esso is singer Amelia Meath and electronic producer Nick Sanborn whose collaborative project mixes folk vocals and hypnotic electronic beats. The dynamic tracks paired with Amelia’s tender vocals make for a compelling listen. 
RDGLDGRN (8) – RDGLDGRN are a hip hop band that appeal to both fans of pop music and hip hop with their mix of high energy production and sing along tracks. The trio caught the attention of superstars Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams who collaborated with the band on a few tracks from their debut self-titled full-length album.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones (7) – Alabama soul outfit St. Paul and the Broken Bones have a throwback sound highlighted by lead singer Paul Janeway’s powerful hearty vocals. The band’s songs are driving toe-tapping funk dripping soul.
Young & Sick (7) – Young & Sick is a Art and Music project best known for their numerous high profile album covers for acts like Foster the People, Maroon 5, and Robin Thicke. His music is a pairing of R&B vocals with electronic production and he released his second single “Continuum” on the seedy deep web via Tor.
Mobb Deep (6) – Rappers Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep became well known in the nineties for their uniquely East Coast version of hardcore rap. Their gruff choppy flows and hard-hitting head nodding beats have helped define the New York rap scene since. Their newest single Taking You Off Here the duo are more reflective lyrically but just as scathing as they were on their earlier albums.
Souls of Mischief (6) –Souls of Mischief is a rap group made up of A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai from the Hieroglyphics. They’re best known for their debut album ‘93 Til Infinity and the now ubiquitous single of the same name. The group’s extensive touring over the last two decades has kept the group as sharp as ever. 
Jabee (6) – Oklahoma City rapper Jabee has a deep voiced flow and raps emotional personal lyrics on his most recent full length Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt. His tracks feature a lot of clever wordplay and hip hop references.
Hieroglyphics (6) – Hieroglyphics is a rap collective made up of rappers A-Plus, Casual, Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Toure, Domino, Opio, Pep Love, Phesto, and Tajai. The group performs in a variety of lineups with members jumping in and out of the group for other projects and solo releases. Their early albums and funky production helped define bay area hip hop’s unique sound. The group is known for their complex lyricism and ability to flow back and forth amongst each other.

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Sylvan Esso, a rare “10” leads this morning’s set. The duo is joined by a catchy rap band, a funky R&B band, an electro-R&B “music and art project” and some classic and emerging hip hop acts. Highlights:

Sylvan Esso (10) – Sylvan Esso is singer Amelia Meath and electronic producer Nick Sanborn whose collaborative project mixes folk vocals and hypnotic electronic beats. The dynamic tracks paired with Amelia’s tender vocals make for a compelling listen.

RDGLDGRN (8) – RDGLDGRN are a hip hop band that appeal to both fans of pop music and hip hop with their mix of high energy production and sing along tracks. The trio caught the attention of superstars Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams who collaborated with the band on a few tracks from their debut self-titled full-length album.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones (7) – Alabama soul outfit St. Paul and the Broken Bones have a throwback sound highlighted by lead singer Paul Janeway’s powerful hearty vocals. The band’s songs are driving toe-tapping funk dripping soul.

Young & Sick (7) – Young & Sick is a Art and Music project best known for their numerous high profile album covers for acts like Foster the People, Maroon 5, and Robin Thicke. His music is a pairing of R&B vocals with electronic production and he released his second single “Continuum” on the seedy deep web via Tor.

Mobb Deep (6) – Rappers Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep became well known in the nineties for their uniquely East Coast version of hardcore rap. Their gruff choppy flows and hard-hitting head nodding beats have helped define the New York rap scene since. Their newest single Taking You Off Here the duo are more reflective lyrically but just as scathing as they were on their earlier albums.

Souls of Mischief (6) –Souls of Mischief is a rap group made up of A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai from the Hieroglyphics. They’re best known for their debut album ‘93 Til Infinity and the now ubiquitous single of the same name. The group’s extensive touring over the last two decades has kept the group as sharp as ever.

Jabee (6) – Oklahoma City rapper Jabee has a deep voiced flow and raps emotional personal lyrics on his most recent full length Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt. His tracks feature a lot of clever wordplay and hip hop references.

Hieroglyphics (6) – Hieroglyphics is a rap collective made up of rappers A-Plus, Casual, Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Toure, Domino, Opio, Pep Love, Phesto, and Tajai. The group performs in a variety of lineups with members jumping in and out of the group for other projects and solo releases. Their early albums and funky production helped define bay area hip hop’s unique sound. The group is known for their complex lyricism and ability to flow back and forth amongst each other.

Lost in the Trees– “Past Life


Pairs Well With… Typhoon, Bowerbirds, Midlake


Lost in the Trees have gone for a notably paired down sound on their most recent album Past Life. The group has dropped their orchestral element focusing more on lush textures and looped instrumentation. The album also marks a departure from Picker as the primary creative force allowing the three remaining fellow members of the band more input into creating the band’s songs. After getting acquainted with the band’s new sound and Past Life’s palpable energy, it’s apparent change was needed for the band to grow and evolve creatively.

2012 Review: Operation Every Band caught Lost in the Trees at last year’s 35 Conferette (now 35 Denton) at a late night outdoor set after a night of music and drinking. Afterwards, as we ambled to our cars with our designated drivers we talked about just how good the band was. Were we enamored because we were boozed up, or were they as interesting a group as Kevin and I went on about? We caught them the next week at SXSW and all doubt was gone. The SXSW set was earlier, and singer Ari Picker’s vocals and the band’s performance were again as dramatically intimate as we had heard at 35 Denton. We chose them as one of our 12 artists to follow and I asked to cover them as my lone non-hip hop act. A year later and my copy of All Alone in an Empty House is my most well worn record. It’s a perfect late night or early Sunday afternoon album, a mixture of heartfelt and dramatic from the first to final track that is rarely found. Ari’s songs are autobiographical and predominantly observational. Rarely does he pick a side in the often conflicting viewpoints in his songs. While the band has always had an experimental edge, a “folk orchestra” I’ve repeated on more than one occasion, their most recent singles and the implied tone of the new album, A Church That Fits Our Needs, appears to be their most exploratory yet.  A promo video for the album finds Ari discussing his inspiration for the newest album, his mother’s illness and death, and how he coped and continues to deal with the sudden loss. So a little tipsy or not, check out Lost in the Trees at SXSW and see if you find a similar connection to the music. For many acts the norms are a pretense of detachment and transparent fake cool, at least for this listener, the coolest thing a singer and band can do is share their story, warts and all.    

2011 Review: a folk rock band from Chapel Hill, NC with a dramatic sound and great instrumentation.  Lost in the Trees craft epic Wagnerian musical numbers with an onslaught of instrumentation and orchestration.  Their sound is based in traditional elements, mostly incorporating acoustic sounds at its base.  The band injects so much emotion though that it’s hard to even put a “folk” tag on their sound.  They are certainly at their best when they really go for with a sense of experimentation, adding dense drums or subtle electronic elements.  Lost in the Trees are also very accessible; I could see them gaining some mainstream grounding if they music can reach a larger audience.  They have a very mature sound especially considering they’ve only been releasing records for a few years.  Lost in the Trees recently released their sophomore LP Time Taunts Me, which is actually a reworking of a 2007 EP of the same name.

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Tonight’s late night set is a grab bag of electronic, rock, and World music musicians with an R&B band thrown in to get your ass shaking. Highlights:
Chet Faker (9) – Chet Faker is a singer from Australia with a soulful voice and warm tone. His electronic tracks feature inventive musical elements and catchy beats.
Lost in the Trees (8) – LITT have undergone a lineup change since we last heard from them and their paired down sound seems a natural evolution for the band. Front man Ari Picker’s vocals are pushed front and center with the bands new sound better highlighting his poetic songwriting.
Quantic (8) – For listeners new to Quantic’s music there is a vast array of material to check out from electronica, funk, Cumbia, to soul, jazz, trip hop, and downtempo on his previous albums. His most recent work focuses on Latin music primarily from his current home base of Colombia. He has shown over his vast discography an ability to perfectly mix current and vintage music. 
Jessy Lanza (7) – Singer Jessy Lanza is a unique vocalist with a slow spacious vocal style, emphasizing the spaces between the notes as much as the actual lyrics. The accompanying roomy production fills in the gaps between vocals creating a sense of balance and a relaxed feel. 
Caleb James (6) – Chicago has produced a string of amazing hip hop artists and Caleb James and the rest of the savemoney Crew have released some of the freshest hip hop to come out of the windy city in the last few years. James’ tracks show the young rapper has a deep love for nineties rap and his often self-produced tracks are playful wordy. 
Running in the Fog (6) – Running in the Fog is singer Amanda Harper whose serene sweet vocals float over spacious electronic production. 

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages (6) – Barrence Whitfield has a gritty soulful voice and sings energetic vocals over the bands foot-stomping instrumentation. The band sounds like one of those groups that has to be seen live to get the full effect.

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Tonight’s late night set is a grab bag of electronic, rock, and World music musicians with an R&B band thrown in to get your ass shaking. Highlights:

Chet Faker (9) – Chet Faker is a singer from Australia with a soulful voice and warm tone. His electronic tracks feature inventive musical elements and catchy beats.

Lost in the Trees (8) – LITT have undergone a lineup change since we last heard from them and their paired down sound seems a natural evolution for the band. Front man Ari Picker’s vocals are pushed front and center with the bands new sound better highlighting his poetic songwriting.

Quantic (8) – For listeners new to Quantic’s music there is a vast array of material to check out from electronica, funk, Cumbia, to soul, jazz, trip hop, and downtempo on his previous albums. His most recent work focuses on Latin music primarily from his current home base of Colombia. He has shown over his vast discography an ability to perfectly mix current and vintage music.

Jessy Lanza (7) – Singer Jessy Lanza is a unique vocalist with a slow spacious vocal style, emphasizing the spaces between the notes as much as the actual lyrics. The accompanying roomy production fills in the gaps between vocals creating a sense of balance and a relaxed feel.

Caleb James (6) – Chicago has produced a string of amazing hip hop artists and Caleb James and the rest of the savemoney Crew have released some of the freshest hip hop to come out of the windy city in the last few years. James’ tracks show the young rapper has a deep love for nineties rap and his often self-produced tracks are playful wordy.

Running in the Fog (6) – Running in the Fog is singer Amanda Harper whose serene sweet vocals float over spacious electronic production. 

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages (6) – Barrence Whitfield has a gritty soulful voice and sings energetic vocals over the bands foot-stomping instrumentation. The band sounds like one of those groups that has to be seen live to get the full effect.

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This group is made up a mix of R&B singers and a couple left of center hip hop acts. Perfect late Sunday evening wind down music. Highlights:
Liam Bailey (9) – British soul singer Liam Bailey sings his heartfelt mix of soul, funk, and R&B with a deep rich baritone. He’s a singer-songwriter whose songs are emotional slow burning tracks.
Larry g(EE) (7) – Larry g(EE) is a throwback soul band from Dallas with funky driving tracks and a dynamic front man in Gee.
Lee Fields & The Expressions (7) – Lee Fields has been releasing music since the 60s but still shows the fire of singers half his age on his vintage sounding R&B tracks. He’s backed by the driving horns and sharp rhythm section. 
Jonwayne (6) – Stones Throw rapper and producer Jonwayne raps is a gruff heavy flow over menacing production. He’s a crate digger and it shows on his eclectic beats. 
Justine Skye (6) – Justine Skye sings in a sweet sultry voice on her playful pop infused R&B tracks. Her songs incorporate hip hop beats giving them a more dynamic edge than is usually heard in the genre.
Knxwledge (6) – Knxwledge is a producer and beat maker who has released a number of heady instrumental hip hop albums. He incorporates a lot of layered distorted samples creating hazy relaxed tracks. His beats are the perfect music to chill out to after a long day of shows around Austin.

Lawrence Rothman (6) – Lawrence Rothman site the writer Charles Bukowski as one of his main influences and it’s evident in lyrics and the sloppy while suave feel to his songs. The production on Rothman’s songs is a mix of cinematic electronic beats and samples.  

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This group is made up a mix of R&B singers and a couple left of center hip hop acts. Perfect late Sunday evening wind down music. Highlights:

Liam Bailey (9) – British soul singer Liam Bailey sings his heartfelt mix of soul, funk, and R&B with a deep rich baritone. He’s a singer-songwriter whose songs are emotional slow burning tracks.

Larry g(EE) (7) – Larry g(EE) is a throwback soul band from Dallas with funky driving tracks and a dynamic front man in Gee.

Lee Fields & The Expressions (7) – Lee Fields has been releasing music since the 60s but still shows the fire of singers half his age on his vintage sounding R&B tracks. He’s backed by the driving horns and sharp rhythm section.

Jonwayne (6) – Stones Throw rapper and producer Jonwayne raps is a gruff heavy flow over menacing production. He’s a crate digger and it shows on his eclectic beats.

Justine Skye (6) – Justine Skye sings in a sweet sultry voice on her playful pop infused R&B tracks. Her songs incorporate hip hop beats giving them a more dynamic edge than is usually heard in the genre.

Knxwledge (6) – Knxwledge is a producer and beat maker who has released a number of heady instrumental hip hop albums. He incorporates a lot of layered distorted samples creating hazy relaxed tracks. His beats are the perfect music to chill out to after a long day of shows around Austin.

Lawrence Rothman (6) – Lawrence Rothman site the writer Charles Bukowski as one of his main influences and it’s evident in lyrics and the sloppy while suave feel to his songs. The production on Rothman’s songs is a mix of cinematic electronic beats and samples.  

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A hip hop set filled with artists that have each found their own uniquely different sound showing just how diverse the genre is makes up our 100th group of featured artists!  Highlights:
Grieves (7) – Seattle’sGrieves is a rapper that writes emotional tracks about life, relationships, and his experiences. He has an engaging flow and style with a lot of mass appeal.
Har Mar Superstar (7) – Har Mar Superstar is an interesting artist, known equally for his over the top personality and stellar vocal abilities. He always appears to be having a great time belting out his songs.
Deniro Farrar (7) – Deniro Farrar is a rapper out of North Carolina that has a straight forward gravelly flow and a storyteller’s style. He usually raps over layered but subdued electronic production from a who’s who list of electronic and hip hop producers.
Factor & The Chandeliers (6) – Factor is a producer out of Saskatoon that has lent his signature soulful sound to a number of collaborative and solo hip hop albums. Each album is a real partnership given Factor’s knack for tailoring his production to each musician he works with. As Factor & The Chandeliers he released the 2011 self titled album where he worked with session musicians and crafted a sample-free instrumental album.
Grayskul (6) – Grayskul is a rap duo consisting of emcees Onry Ozzborn (aka Reason) and JFK (aka Recluse), their tracks tend to be driving aggressive intricate songs. Orny has a laid back slower flow that’s contrasts well with JFK quick wordy delivery. Thematically on their newest album Zenith they focus on everything from the ills of social media to school shootings in their uniquely ominous style.
Dex Kwasi (6) – Dallas rapper and producer Dex Kwasi has a unique style influenced by growing up and living in Ghana and the US. He has a choppy flow and fills his bars with personal lyrics, sticky hooks, and his catchphrase “Whoa! Whoa!”

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A hip hop set filled with artists that have each found their own uniquely different sound showing just how diverse the genre is makes up our 100th group of featured artists!  Highlights:

Grieves (7) – Seattle’sGrieves is a rapper that writes emotional tracks about life, relationships, and his experiences. He has an engaging flow and style with a lot of mass appeal.

Har Mar Superstar (7) – Har Mar Superstar is an interesting artist, known equally for his over the top personality and stellar vocal abilities. He always appears to be having a great time belting out his songs.

Deniro Farrar (7) – Deniro Farrar is a rapper out of North Carolina that has a straight forward gravelly flow and a storyteller’s style. He usually raps over layered but subdued electronic production from a who’s who list of electronic and hip hop producers.

Factor & The Chandeliers (6) – Factor is a producer out of Saskatoon that has lent his signature soulful sound to a number of collaborative and solo hip hop albums. Each album is a real partnership given Factor’s knack for tailoring his production to each musician he works with. As Factor & The Chandeliers he released the 2011 self titled album where he worked with session musicians and crafted a sample-free instrumental album.

Grayskul (6) – Grayskul is a rap duo consisting of emcees Onry Ozzborn (aka Reason) and JFK (aka Recluse), their tracks tend to be driving aggressive intricate songs. Orny has a laid back slower flow that’s contrasts well with JFK quick wordy delivery. Thematically on their newest album Zenith they focus on everything from the ills of social media to school shootings in their uniquely ominous style.

Dex Kwasi (6) – Dallas rapper and producer Dex Kwasi has a unique style influenced by growing up and living in Ghana and the US. He has a choppy flow and fills his bars with personal lyrics, sticky hooks, and his catchphrase “Whoa! Whoa!”

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Hip Hop, R&B, and a little power pop headline this set of diverse acts. Highlights:

Jetta (9) –Jetta is a pop singer from London with a gift for writing both heartfelt songs and instant sing-along anthems. She has a dynamic voice that will grab you from the first note she sings. 
Emily King (8) –Emily King is an R&B singer from New York with one of those voices that pokes the listener right in the feels. Her tender voice and minimal but inventive tracks keep you listening for the little inflections in her voice.
Jarell Perry (7) - Jarell Perry hails from Los Angeles and is an R&B singer after the Frank Ocean crowd. His songs are a bit more structured than Ocean’s but he fits right into that same groove with his rich voice and sex-infused songs. 
Elaine Shepherd (6) –Vancouver’s Elaine Shepherd has a really sweet tone to her voice and incorporates pop elements into her catchy songs that could be described as bedroom reggae.
Grand Analog (6) –Grand Analog are a rap band out of Toronto that share a love of old records and incorporate a number of genres, notably reggae, into their hip hop amalgam. Their eclectic layered production and head nodding flow are solid throughout their newest album Modern Thunder.
J.Rocc (6) –J. Rocc isn’t a household name but his influence is wide reaching. Through his work with the Beat Junkies and many others he has influenced a generation of turntablists. A serious crate digger, his mixes are always sprinkled with some unheard jewels.

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Hip Hop, R&B, and a little power pop headline this set of diverse acts. Highlights:


Jetta (9) –Jetta is a pop singer from London with a gift for writing both heartfelt songs and instant sing-along anthems. She has a dynamic voice that will grab you from the first note she sings.

Emily King (8) –Emily King is an R&B singer from New York with one of those voices that pokes the listener right in the feels. Her tender voice and minimal but inventive tracks keep you listening for the little inflections in her voice.

Jarell Perry (7) - Jarell Perry hails from Los Angeles and is an R&B singer after the Frank Ocean crowd. His songs are a bit more structured than Ocean’s but he fits right into that same groove with his rich voice and sex-infused songs.

Elaine Shepherd (6) –Vancouver’s Elaine Shepherd has a really sweet tone to her voice and incorporates pop elements into her catchy songs that could be described as bedroom reggae.

Grand Analog (6) –Grand Analog are a rap band out of Toronto that share a love of old records and incorporate a number of genres, notably reggae, into their hip hop amalgam. Their eclectic layered production and head nodding flow are solid throughout their newest album Modern Thunder.

J.Rocc (6) –J. Rocc isn’t a household name but his influence is wide reaching. Through his work with the Beat Junkies and many others he has influenced a generation of turntablists. A serious crate digger, his mixes are always sprinkled with some unheard jewels.

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OEB is for lovers! Well, Cody ChesnuTT and Cóctel are for lovers and they’re joined here by Detroit rapper Black Milk and Chewelah Washington’s soul singer Allen Stone. Highlights:

Cody ChesnuTT (10) – Cody ChesnuTT’s newest album Landing on a Hundred is a mature straightforward funky soul album. He’s a truly unique songwriter sprinkling tracks with little asides that male his song disarming and approachable. The album is filled with catchy tracks proving Cody ChesnuTT is one of the most solid R&B singers.
Black Milk (9) – Over the last decade or so Detroit’s Black Milk has dropped hard hitting albums that have helped define the Detroit sound. He’s a producer and rapper and with each release his style has matured. His most recent release No Poison No Paradise was one of last year’s best hip hop albums and he is following it up shortly with his new album, Glitches in the Break.
Allen Stone (9) – Allen Stone is a soulful vocalist out of Washington that writes infectious songs that often deal with social injustice. His self titled LP, re-released as his major label debut, has been out since 2011 leaving fans anxious for the pending new release.
Cóctel (7) – Cóctel are hip hop band from Guatamala. Their songs have a thread of pop but are experimental enough in their mixing of genres to keep the listener interested. Lead singer Miguel Campos has an engaging emotionally bare sound that makes the songs all the more engaging.
8th Grader (6) – 8th Grader is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a soulful voice and knack for poppy emotional songs. He’s the kind of vocalist that grows on you with each song. He incorporates elements from different genres in his songs that make his releases to date an indication of an artist with a lot of material in him.
Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (6) – Austin’s own Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys are a throwback soul group fronted by Adderley’s big voice and commanding presence on the mic. Their albums are full of soulful energetic tracks, they sound like a group that may be better in a live setting.

Bobby Patterson (6) – Bobby Patterson is a soul singer out of Dallas that has been a jack of all trades in R&B and blues since the 50s. Listening through his catalogue it’s obvious he’s a talent that just never got the break he deserved. His songs are Southern soul songs with a heavy dose of Blues guitar work. With the influx of throwback soul singers and groups it’s cool to see artists that may not have gotten the attention they deserved earlier in their career celebrated.

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OEB is for lovers! Well, Cody ChesnuTT and Cóctel are for lovers and they’re joined here by Detroit rapper Black Milk and Chewelah Washington’s soul singer Allen Stone. Highlights:


Cody ChesnuTT (10) – Cody ChesnuTT’s newest album Landing on a Hundred is a mature straightforward funky soul album. He’s a truly unique songwriter sprinkling tracks with little asides that male his song disarming and approachable. The album is filled with catchy tracks proving Cody ChesnuTT is one of the most solid R&B singers.

Black Milk (9) – Over the last decade or so Detroit’s Black Milk has dropped hard hitting albums that have helped define the Detroit sound. He’s a producer and rapper and with each release his style has matured. His most recent release No Poison No Paradise was one of last year’s best hip hop albums and he is following it up shortly with his new album, Glitches in the Break.

Allen Stone (9) – Allen Stone is a soulful vocalist out of Washington that writes infectious songs that often deal with social injustice. His self titled LP, re-released as his major label debut, has been out since 2011 leaving fans anxious for the pending new release.

Cóctel (7) – Cóctel are hip hop band from Guatamala. Their songs have a thread of pop but are experimental enough in their mixing of genres to keep the listener interested. Lead singer Miguel Campos has an engaging emotionally bare sound that makes the songs all the more engaging.

8th Grader (6) – 8th Grader is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a soulful voice and knack for poppy emotional songs. He’s the kind of vocalist that grows on you with each song. He incorporates elements from different genres in his songs that make his releases to date an indication of an artist with a lot of material in him.

Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (6) – Austin’s own Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys are a throwback soul group fronted by Adderley’s big voice and commanding presence on the mic. Their albums are full of soulful energetic tracks, they sound like a group that may be better in a live setting.

Bobby Patterson (6) – Bobby Patterson is a soul singer out of Dallas that has been a jack of all trades in R&B and blues since the 50s. Listening through his catalogue it’s obvious he’s a talent that just never got the break he deserved. His songs are Southern soul songs with a heavy dose of Blues guitar work. With the influx of throwback soul singers and groups it’s cool to see artists that may not have gotten the attention they deserved earlier in their career celebrated.

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Some fresh SXSW hip hop for your Saturday morning. Highlights:

B. Dolan (8) – B. Dolan is rapper out of Providence Rhode Island on Sage Francis’ Strange Famous label. His tracks often tell a story or stand up for a political cause.
Badbadnotgood (8) – Badbadnot good are a hip hop jazz fusion group out of Canada that got initial attention from Youtube covers of classic hip hop tracks. The innovative group has gone on to develop original material and has gained additional attention by backing  well known acts as well as assiting in soundtrack work on RZA’a The Man with the Iron Fists.
Anthm (7) – Anthm is a New York rapper that left a job  as a Wall Street securities trader for a career in hip hop. The rapper has released a number of well received EPs and Mixtapes since leaving the corporate world including an EP entirely produced by independent hip hop mainstay Blu.
A.Dd+ (6) – Dallas’ A.Dd+ have steadily built up a buzz both locally and nationally with their newest album, the free to download DiveHiFlyLo: Every Man Is King. With the love a lot of  classic Southern duos and rap groups get it’s a mine field to throw out comparisons but A.Dd+’s music fits right in with the best the South has to offer. 
Action Bronson (6) – Action Bronson is a Queens NY rapper with an over the top persona. Themes of over indulgence, hedonism, and objectifying women are found in many of his tongue-in-cheek shock raps. He relies on this shtick to often but sometimes drops the act and shows he’s more than just a jokes and punch line rapper.

Bishop Nehru (6) – Bishop Nehru is a teenage rapper from New York that has impressed a laundry list of superstar rappers and groups. He opened for Wu-Tang on their European tour for the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). While in London he met up with underground favorite DOOM and the two are working on a collaboration set to be released on Lex Records.

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Some fresh SXSW hip hop for your Saturday morning. Highlights:


B. Dolan (8) – B. Dolan is rapper out of Providence Rhode Island on Sage Francis’ Strange Famous label. His tracks often tell a story or stand up for a political cause.

Badbadnotgood (8) – Badbadnot good are a hip hop jazz fusion group out of Canada that got initial attention from Youtube covers of classic hip hop tracks. The innovative group has gone on to develop original material and has gained additional attention by backing  well known acts as well as assiting in soundtrack work on RZA’a The Man with the Iron Fists.

Anthm (7) – Anthm is a New York rapper that left a job  as a Wall Street securities trader for a career in hip hop. The rapper has released a number of well received EPs and Mixtapes since leaving the corporate world including an EP entirely produced by independent hip hop mainstay Blu.

A.Dd+ (6) – Dallas’ A.Dd+ have steadily built up a buzz both locally and nationally with their newest album, the free to download DiveHiFlyLo: Every Man Is King. With the love a lot of  classic Southern duos and rap groups get it’s a mine field to throw out comparisons but A.Dd+’s music fits right in with the best the South has to offer.

Action Bronson (6) – Action Bronson is a Queens NY rapper with an over the top persona. Themes of over indulgence, hedonism, and objectifying women are found in many of his tongue-in-cheek shock raps. He relies on this shtick to often but sometimes drops the act and shows he’s more than just a jokes and punch line rapper.

Bishop Nehru (6) – Bishop Nehru is a teenage rapper from New York that has impressed a laundry list of superstar rappers and groups. He opened for Wu-Tang on their European tour for the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). While in London he met up with underground favorite DOOM and the two are working on a collaboration set to be released on Lex Records.

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A fresh crop of hip hop acts bring the noise to this morning’s group of electronic and hip hop acts. Highlights:

Random Recipe (8) – Random Recipe are a Canadian hip hop band that mashes a number of genres together to create a unique sound. The group incorporates pop elements into their songs but there is also a healthy dose of experimentation at work on their newest album Kill the Hook.  
Dub FX (7) – Dub FX garnered attention from YouTube videos of him performing in the street, building tracks from the ground up using a loop machine and a collection of various instruments and collaborators. Looping gives Dub FX the freedom to mix and build upon any genre track he wants to which makes his album a great mix of styles and approaches. 
Louis Logic (7) – Prior to releasing his most recent album Look on the Blight Side Louis Logic stepped away from music for a number of years to study voice, piano and music theory. The album finds Louis turning away from shock lyrics and instead inward for inspiration for his songwriting.   
Tanya Morgan (7) – Tanya Morgan is a rap duo out of Brooklyn that is back together after a hiatus and the departure of rapper Ilyas from the group. The group has a throwback sound that focuses on lyricism and soulful production.  
Kydd (6) – Kydd is a rapper and producer from Austin that writes personal approachable tracks. He raps with a sharp bouncing flow that keeps heads bouncing. 

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A fresh crop of hip hop acts bring the noise to this morning’s group of electronic and hip hop acts. Highlights:


Random Recipe (8) – Random Recipe are a Canadian hip hop band that mashes a number of genres together to create a unique sound. The group incorporates pop elements into their songs but there is also a healthy dose of experimentation at work on their newest album Kill the Hook

Dub FX (7) – Dub FX garnered attention from YouTube videos of him performing in the street, building tracks from the ground up using a loop machine and a collection of various instruments and collaborators. Looping gives Dub FX the freedom to mix and build upon any genre track he wants to which makes his album a great mix of styles and approaches.

Louis Logic (7) – Prior to releasing his most recent album Look on the Blight Side Louis Logic stepped away from music for a number of years to study voice, piano and music theory. The album finds Louis turning away from shock lyrics and instead inward for inspiration for his songwriting.  

Tanya Morgan (7) – Tanya Morgan is a rap duo out of Brooklyn that is back together after a hiatus and the departure of rapper Ilyas from the group. The group has a throwback sound that focuses on lyricism and soulful production.  

Kydd (6) – Kydd is a rapper and producer from Austin that writes personal approachable tracks. He raps with a sharp bouncing flow that keeps heads bouncing. 

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Talib Kweli, one of hip hop’s most consistent artists joins a group of vocalists that embrace electronic production and emotional songwriting in today’s set. Highlights:
 
Talib Kweli (10) – Talib Kweli is one of the biggest names in hip hop and one of the genres most prolific collaborators. His solo and collaborative albums rank amongst the best in Hip Hop of the last two decades.
Bipolar Sunshine (8) – UK singer Bipolar Sunshine’s songs are emotional sweeping laid back electronic tracks. The mixture of dreamy electronic production and BP’s smooth vocals makes his one of the more interesting new solo artists.
Doe Paoro (7) – Perennial OEB favorite Doe Paoro returns to SXSW with her amazing vocals, emotional songs, and new tracks from her highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s fantastic Slow to Love. 
Daley (6) – Daley is another crooner from Manchester, UK that mixes electronic production with soulful vocals. Daley’s smooth falsetto plays well with the laid back production found on his tracks.  
Kid Mac (6) – Kid Mac is an Australian singer that belts out anthemic tracks over high energy electronic production. His newest album Head Noise is a solid electropop release front to back.
Travis Garland (6) – Lubbock based singer Travis Garland fits well with this group. He has a dynamic vocal range and his tracks pair emotional singing with electronic heavy production.   

Nakia (6) – Nakia is best known for his stint on team Cee Lo on the first season of the voice and the singer sticks close to the style he presented on the show while incorporating more Blues and Rock into his newest album Drown in the Crimson Tide. He is one of the rare reality show musicians that has a clear artistic vision and solid songwriting chops.

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Talib Kweli, one of hip hop’s most consistent artists joins a group of vocalists that embrace electronic production and emotional songwriting in today’s set. Highlights:

 

Talib Kweli (10) – Talib Kweli is one of the biggest names in hip hop and one of the genres most prolific collaborators. His solo and collaborative albums rank amongst the best in Hip Hop of the last two decades.

Bipolar Sunshine (8) – UK singer Bipolar Sunshine’s songs are emotional sweeping laid back electronic tracks. The mixture of dreamy electronic production and BP’s smooth vocals makes his one of the more interesting new solo artists.

Doe Paoro (7) – Perennial OEB favorite Doe Paoro returns to SXSW with her amazing vocals, emotional songs, and new tracks from her highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s fantastic Slow to Love.

Daley (6) – Daley is another crooner from Manchester, UK that mixes electronic production with soulful vocals. Daley’s smooth falsetto plays well with the laid back production found on his tracks. 

Kid Mac (6) – Kid Mac is an Australian singer that belts out anthemic tracks over high energy electronic production. His newest album Head Noise is a solid electropop release front to back.

Travis Garland (6) – Lubbock based singer Travis Garland fits well with this group. He has a dynamic vocal range and his tracks pair emotional singing with electronic heavy production.   

Nakia (6) – Nakia is best known for his stint on team Cee Lo on the first season of the voice and the singer sticks close to the style he presented on the show while incorporating more Blues and Rock into his newest album Drown in the Crimson Tide. He is one of the rare reality show musicians that has a clear artistic vision and solid songwriting chops.