Not so laneway anymore. This gem of a festival is now positioned at Sydney Art School in Roselle. Small in nature and with a view of presenting the best bands that you could say are in the second tier of world domination. (Excluding maybe Lorde who was probably 10 years old when they booked her) It is also probably as close as you would get to a festival that would be curated by Pitchfork. This year sees a very strong electronic hip hop vibe. It could just be that the shows we want to see are geared in that direction or it could be that the Red Bull Music Academy is presenting a stage. They seem to do no wrong in our eyes. Especially when they host the best free nights in Sydney at Goodgod. So if you were lucky enough to get a ticket for Sunday, it starts from 11am and we have selected our must see shows. Even if they do overlap!
Four Tet 9:50 - 11
If anyone can take a Michael Jackson song and remix it one handed, in the space of ten minutes and into one of their signature bangers then you know that they have some talent. Don't miss this London native who will be mixing his abstract sounds with some of the best house and electronic beats going around!
Mount Kimbie 6:20 - 7:05
Their breakout album Crookers and Lovers was one of the best electronic albums in the past 10 years. Their clicky beats and minimal sounds morph together and grow on you. After a few listens you can't get it out of your head. It will be interesting to see how they do it live.
King Krule 1:45 - 2:30
At 19 years of age this young gentleman is part of the new London scene that includes Mount Kimbie and Disclosure. If you heard his voice you would think he is anything but 19, with willowing lows and a screeching cockney accent. His sounds may be compared to Jamie T but you would say that he is much more than that with influences from Morrissey and Edwyn Collins he has a much darker side. With his tiny stature and young looks I expect him to be one of the surprise acts.
Jamie XX 8:40 - 9:40
If you don't know this guy by know well you should. Starting of as the brainchild behind The XX, Jamie has grown into on of the biggest producers in the world. Remixing artists from Florence And The Machine to Radiohead and producing tracks for Drake, his standout release was his full length remix album 'We're New Here' of Gill Scott-Herons last album 'I'm New Here' that was release to giant critical success. Expect a very tasteful set of his own remixes and his favourite tunes.
Kurt Vile 5:05 - 5:50
Appearing at a very specific time of 5:05, I state this as an artist I don't know too much about so need some filler. But what I can say is that people have been playing this song to me all week and it has definitely caught my attention. He seems to be a middle aged man from Philly who plays some of the best Folk-Rock music going around. I have just decided this moment that he seems like a modern day Neil Young. I hope that is OK. This is someone I will see.
Danny Brown - 6:25 - 7:10
The song below sums him up really. This eccentric playful rapper with an explosive flow has broken on to the scene appearing on tracks with A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick Lamar. His breakthrough album 'XXX' received widespread critical success and put him on the map as one of the most unique rappers going around. His show is sure to be loud and fast!
Earl Sweatshirt - 7:30 - 8:15
The 19 year old conscious rapper of the Odd Future crew also happens to be the best one! Not surprising that when the Odd Future crew was blowing up, Earl was in Samoa learning about his heritage. His recent first full album 'Doris' was one the best albums of last year and featured RZA and Frank Ocean. The track below also has two of the best lines of last year among many others. "Feeling as hard as Vince Carter's knee cartilage is" and "Momma often was offering peace offerings". If you missed any of that you may have heard him on Frank Ocean's stand out track "Super Rich Kids".
Unknown Mortal Orchestra 8:55 - 9:40
This Niw Ziland bend hes one of the bist sends gehing rehnd. They put so much work into producing their Lo-Fi sound and you can really tell. Their psych pop is reminiscent of some of the best tracks from the 60's and 70's but with a creepy twist. Super catchy, super fun and oddly dark, these guys will hopefully put on a show to match. It will be interesting to see how many pedals are involved to produce their signature sounds and weather the whole show will be played through a tape machine.