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Moving from Victoria to Brockwell Park, Field Day has long ensured it remains the festival which introduces us to the stream of artists and anthems leading us into summer. A festival which has always been heralded for its diversity, Field Day offers us a line-up which continues to explores barriers of music to bring artists and bands together irrespective of genre. Started in 2007 by London promoters Eat Your Own Ears, the line-ups have refused to wane in hype, and with names on this year’s bill like Erykah Badu, Madlib, Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt and Four Tet, the anticipation for summer just keeps on spreading. At Keep Hush we’ve picked out our five favourite acts for the weekend, the acts we think should make a lasting impact this summer, or in fact, the acts you should see no matter what.
Selecting and specialising in global sounds on her Worldwide FM residency, Tash LC’s consistency has only shined a deserving light on music that we so often take for granted. Fusing left-field, afro-based sounds along with the UK music she grew up with, her mixes and radio shows have proved how much she has and can achieve as one of the most honest DJs we’ve heard from so far. Her radio show exhibits a strong sense of control and clarity, but Tash LC is no stranger to live events when running two London club nights ‘Boko! Boko!‘ and ‘Club Yeke‘. Spinning a range of genres from dancehall, UK Funky, Kuduro, Gqom, Baile Funk and Hard Drum, there’s no stopping Tash when her sets sound as relentless as they do now. We can only expect an unmatchable combination of drums as time goes onward, catch Tash LC on the Resident Advisor stage on Field Day weekend and stream her Boiler Room from last year.
You might have been living in solitude if you haven’t heard of 18-year-old Jimothy Lacoste, but thankfully Jimothy’s got the potential to alleviate any unsettling sense of loneliness you might have. He is terrifically frank, wholly matter-of-fact, but along with this absolute honesty, the tongue in cheek dryness which Jimothy drawls in is very hard to forget. Producing his own beats and singing over them himself, Jimothy’s performance is likely to attract a devoted crowd, and if his music videos don’t make you happy then its slightly unclear whether the festival will. An unorthodox singer from North London, reactions to Jimothy Lacoste’s music are often polarised and at extremes, but if you’re drawn to it at Field Day maybe you’ve succumbed to what everyone is (rightly?) obsessed with.
Upon moving to the UK as a youngster, Nigerian born Obongjyar’s success was initially hindered by anxieties of his music seeming dull, void, and unaccessible due to his accent. It is now two years after he released his first EP Bassey, and Obongjyar is ready to create his own personal historical milestone with his Field Day performance. Fusing soulful and sporadic sounds of guitars and piano with overwhelming, sometimes frightening but docilely mesmerising afro-jazz elements, the command Obongjyar has over his voice and over his music is wild. You may try to ignore him, or act indifferent, but Obongjyar’s sounds are likely to cause repercussions too beautiful to bother evading.
We owe a lot to Colors Studios. They’re very precise with praising and platforming all soulful music, and it’s hugely refreshing and welcoming for the UK to receive such international support for music beyond Grime and Drill. Mahalia, is but one artist, who’s tones and accent has had a resonating impact over the people in Colors Studios Berlin, the organisers of Field Day, and us too at Keep Hush. Her most recent collaboration with Little Simz is tempting, but what’s really special is the grooves she weaves in and out of in her stellar vocal performances. The UK’s seen a real organic growth of native singers and musicians, and Mahalia is just one example of what the island has hidden, tucked away.
Blend of sounds seems to be the recurring theme of this list, and what better way to close than introducing you to Oslo based band ‘Sassy 009’. Combining the cacaphonous, discordant electronic sounds of industrial dance music and their soft, sweet, endearing vocals, Sassy 009’s dreampop elements sit perfectly alongside the progressive backbone of Field Day’s line-ups, but the lo-fi industrialism that they blanket their creations with do more to create a cohesive body of pleasurable work shipped straight from Norway. There are heavy vibes with these lot, stream their tune Pretty Baby up above.
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– Written and selected by Saagar Kaushik, @_saagark –
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