The Garden Party have been teasing us with their frankly immense stage announcements over the past few weeks, teaming up with music authorities like Dummy, The Skinny, Crack, Fact and more to bring a supreme selection of hip hop, house, techno, rock and indie to Leeds' Tetley Brewery on August 29th and 30th.
As far as endorsements go, none come prestigious than from Scottish post rockers Mogwai, which is exactly what Glasgow 'post electro' trio Errors earned early in their careers. Regular contributors to the former's Rock Action label, the glorious synths, punchy rhythms and soaring vocals of lead singer Stephen Livingstone results in a lush, rousing whole that's an absolute treat in the live setting.
The multi-award wining South African DJ and producer Black Coffee has been plying his trade with great effect in his home country since the mid-nineties, whilst more recent times have seen his sound reach worldwide, becoming one of the most influential living African musicians, using jazz and soul references in his irresistible output. Check out his set for Mixmag Live to see why he's so widely revered.
Often described as your favourite rapper's favourite rapper, Talib Kweli is one of the most lyrically gifted protagonists in hip hop, with positivity, spirituality, intelligence and thought-provoking content a regular feature of his work. His unfettered political commentary is pretty much unmatched too, whilst his beats are as inventive as they are addictive.
The Manchester based post punk star has been on a fierce upward trajectory ever since signing to Warp Records back in 2010 for début album Nerve Up. Her sound acts as kind of a celebration of Manchester's rich post punk history, which she makes her own with floating, emotive vocals and a raw and atmospheric aesthetic that's grown to take in elements of the funk of George Clinton'sParliament and Funkadelic projects. See her in action at Rough Trade above.
Always a joy in the festival setting, or anywhere else for that matter, the two Belfast lads continue to attract new fans thanks to their formidable skills as DJs and producers. Their warm, analogue heavy sound ranges from thunderous techno to blissed out Balearic via classic nineties house, lifting them above so many of their contemporaries. Get your ears around 'Celeste' above to see why we count ourselves as huge Bicep fans.