Now that you have (hopefully, if not click here!) secured your tickets to BUKU Music & Arts Festival this coming March, its time to really start planning! Here are the top 10 artists we think you need to see if you will be at BUKU!
10. Previously on the holy path to become a pastor, Isaiah Rashad hit us with a complete 180. Instead of becoming a pastor, he decided to follow his musical passions and became an immensely talented rapper. Influences of R&B and comparable to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, make sure to listen in on Rashad’s hit, ‘4r Da Squaw’ and a personal favorite ‘Stuck In the Mud’ featuring another Buku headliner, SZA.
9. SZA will soothe you with her bluesy, mellow vibes and completely awe you with her soulful and dreamy depth. Get ready to lay back and be entranced by a true goddess in the art of voice. Signed to the the undeniably well stacked record label Top Dawg 43Entertainment, she is in a position of absolute girl power and it speaks volumes through her music. Solana Rowe’s stage name (pronounced Sizza) is influenced by Wu Tang’s ‘RZA’.The SZA acronym translates from the supreme alphabet as Sovereign Zig-Zag, Allah. Reflecting back even further to her Muslim upbringing. The first of many wave makers to tell you about from the female music scene, check out her single ‘All the Stars’ with Kendrick Lamar and tracks, ‘Love Galore’, ‘Teen Spirit’ and ‘Julia’.
8. Ukrainian born, Rezz moved at a young age to Canada and was exposed to EDM in the Toronto night scene as a teen and found a true love within the community. At only 22 years old she’s well known for her heavy bass, trippy sampling and melodic tendencies. She will always make sure to show you a body buzzing, bass thumping, dirty-underground good time. Catch her songs ‘Premonition’, ‘Livid’ and ‘Edge’ to sample up what you may get a serving of at this year’s Buku.
7. Sylvan Esso was beautifully seamed together from the talents of Amelia Meath of Mountain Man (an indie folk rock women’s trio) and Nick Sanborn of American psychedelic folk band Megafaun. The duo creates a unique sound of electronic - indie - folk, sticking true to their influences. Forming in 2012, they’ve brought us the great sounds of Wolf, Radio, Dreamy Bruises, Hey Mami and many more. Surely not an act you’ll want to miss, their whimsically playful sound will have you frolicking lightly over the dance floor.
6. Ganja White Night’s release of their animated character Mr Wobble into their music and videos created their niche into the Bass scene. The wobble became a signature sound for the Belgian duo, amongst a handful of other influences ranging all over the edm board creating a unique and personalized sound that has gained momentum over their decade of experience. Make sure to catch Bamby & Erwan’s unique noise with the likes of their tracks ‘Mr. Nice’, ‘Champagne’ and none other than ‘Wobble Master’.
5. Jai Wolf comes to us from Long Island, NY with his dreamy, electronic remixes such as Feels by Kiiara and many more official remixes of some of your favorite artists such as ODESZA and Alesso. Check out his single ‘Indian Summer’ for a taste of the goods.
4. This UK made duo has created an epic threesome of rap, electronic and r&b. Snakehips translucency allows them to create duos with the lovely likes of Banks, Wild Belle, The Weeknd, and Bondax. You’ll be sure to feel a good vibration at their energetic and playful sets. Some favorites for your listening pleasure, ‘Dimelo’ and ‘Warm Water REMIX’ by Banks.
3. Clozee, ahh, our French enchantress of the underground. The heavy electronics, mixed with her classical guitar roots thrives through her music. Sampling mystical sounds, and fine tuning creative melodies dotted with bass, womp and some things we just don’t know what to call, she truly seams together an effortless dance for your ears. Straight from the source herself, “Chloe says she rarely lays down only electronic sounds. Her favorite sources are organic and real.” (clozeemusic.com) Some personal favorites for this one, ‘Inner Peace’, ‘Harmony’ and ‘Koto’.
2. The Russ Liquid Test is producer/songwriter and brass specialist Russell Scott’s New Orleans based band. A reputable fusion of classic funk and electronic and a true partnership of live music and mixing, the band brings any stage to life with colorful explosions of sound and upbeat jazzy moods. Songs to check out by these funk-masters, ‘World Gone Crazy feat. Probcause’, ‘Let Me Stand feat Carneyval and Emily Nichols’, ‘OMOP’.
1. Bassnectar festival sets are historically heavy, grimey and absolutely epic. Many of us already are familiar with this grandfather in the bass scene and this compelled us here at BFS to take a somewhat different approach and ask our friends in the community what they are hoping to hear from Lorin as he returns for his second headlining year at BUKU Music & Art’s Project. ‘Boomerang’, ‘Red Step’ and ‘Upside Down’ were amongst a handful of others including a crowd favorite always, Teleport Massive. It sounds to us like the people want an old school, throw down. What do ya say, Lo?
After checking out those tasty tunes, how could you not already be applying glitter and packing for March? Buku could not come any sooner. Catch you freaks in NoLa!
Written By Jenna Guiterrez