Every year it seems Coachella manages to ensemble and even more exciting motley crew of performers to headline their stages. This year they outdid themselves by reuniting one of hip hop’s most beloved group – Outkast – following a near 8-year hiatus. Add to that show stopping performances from Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Nas, A$AP Ferg, Solange, Warpaint, Lana Del Rey, Banks and heaps of others, not to mention the special guests some of these artists brought out including Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J et el.
As the first weekend comes to an end, we’ve compiled some of the best performances from the past two days for you to sit back and enjoy. We’ll keep adding more full performances as they become available. And we’ll do the same with next weekends festivities too. Watch Outkast’s set up top and all the others after the jump.
Singer Kwabs reunites with producer SOHN for another epic ballad called ‘Something Else’. Boasting a foreboding mix of hammering drums and soundclash of electronics, ‘Something Else’ continues the narrative that Kwabs and SOHN have been building since ‘Wrong or Right’. But of course no amount of production can distract from Kwab’s all-empowering voice which again here takes its rightful place centre stage.
Philly’s DonChristian has released a curious new mixtape called Renzo Piano which meshes his experimental rap style, with a potent mix of sounds that stretch beyond the empirical sounds of hip hop. Boasting expansive drums, echoey snares and murky chords Renzo Piano is based largely on an aesthetic attributed to contemporary R&B. The tape also features a guest verses from our boy LE1F.
Sunday’s are normally about catching a vibe but fuck it, – you need this. Melé teams up with Nu Brand Flexx’s Boya Dee and Peigh on ‘I Like It’, a new booty anthem built around trap foundations and grime aesthetics. Never mind that hangover you’re nursing, turn this up and piss your neighbours off.
The sunshine pouring over London today is perfectly suited to match the summery appeal of Throwing Shade’s new track ‘Sweet Tooth’ featuring Emily Bee. The songs blue-sky approach uses church-organ synths to build itself into a twinkling pop production. Take a listen…
Have we not been telling you about MNEK? See now, this is why…
Our boy, whose refixes have been tearing things down over the past two years, has at long last unearthed his official debut single titled ‘Every Little Word’. Having witnessed this guys star steadily rise it is to no surprise (to us) that ‘Every Little Word’ is the complete and utter smash that it is. Funnelling his influences to a near science and refining his own bewildering talents to a tee, ‘Every Little Word’ demonstrates the perfect pop-formula – serving Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown and MNEK realness.
TDE’s first lady SZA released her wonderful new EP today – in other words, today is a good day. The 10 track expended player (album?) includes collaborations with label mates Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, as well as the previously released single with Chance the Rapper and is filled to the brim with the textures, colours and mood structures SZA has used to gain her dedicated and wide-reaching following. There are a lot of female singers riding the spacey-R&B-wave at the moment (and we’re not complaining) but SZA applies a subtle, but explicit edge that sets her apart from a lot of them. Sink into this one via Spotify after the jump or purchase it in full from iTunes.
Who hasn’t been obsessed with Warpaint’s debut album? We’ve been enamoured with them since way (way) back when. Take a look at the girls’ new 8-minute double video for their singles ‘Disco//Very’ and ‘Keep It Healthy’ – both of which serve as awesome singles and subsequent videos. Love.
Converse continue their impressive residency at 100 Club with the announcement that How To Dress Well will headline a show, supported by Koreless, on April 23rd. As like Converse’s packed-out shows with A$AP Ferg and Blood Orange earlier this year, tickets for HTDW’s show will be free via their official website from today (April 8). Make sure you get yours.
In case you missed it, take a listen to How To Dress Well’s fabulous new single ‘Repeat Pleasure’ lifted off his forthcoming new LP What Is This Heart? due out June 23rd.
It’s a little early to tell but RATKING may have released one of my favourite albums of 2014 so far. Their debut album, So it Goes, was released on XL Records today and to launch proceedings they release a new video for the LP’s lead single ‘Canal’. Watch up top and get that album.