SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 114
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.