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Hello Spring, hello Primavera Sound 2018. Beats will be played by the Mediterranean sea again this year and hands will find their way into the air in complete enjoyment. Subbacultcha made a selection of the 5 acts you can’t miss at the Primavera Sound festival this year. Get that plane ticket and come dance with us 28May—3d of June.
Real name Lysa de Silva, Lyzza is a Brazilian Latina producer/DJ whose approach to the music industry makes me questions if she’s really only 19 years old: ‘Don’t let people step over you, stand up for yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for things.’ She’s become a familiar face in Amsterdam; often playing her balie infused, restless sets at NYX and Progress Bar, as well as further afield at Berlin’s Creamcake and London’s UNITI – all spaces disrupting the mainstream, homogeneous club culture.
Abra – or the Dark Wave Duchess as she named herself – resides in Atlanta, the hometown of Awful Records. She is incidentally the lone female artist of this collective led by the producer and rapper Father. While she combines ’80s keyboards and ’90s RnB with a touch of DIY production, Abra cleverly plays with light and shade, as testified by her successful first LP, Rose. Her childish voice, whispers and murmurs over minimal and raw beats, captivating and intoxicating. The British-born singer will appeal to the fans of Purity Ring and Empress Of, with whom she has already toured.
It’s easy to only perceive the surface of Sevdaliza; her striking features, sultry vocals, confident aura and disciplined figure. But these are only the beginning. Her work delves, layer by layer, under her skin, understanding who she is, her unconscious motivations, hidden desires and urges. The hidden textures of relationships. The intimacy of her productions have taken us on journeys that unveiled an unpredictable tragedy within a marriage, landed us in the centre of a hyperreal future – masks of her face scattered across the floor – and addressed a consumerist culture that distorts us into a robotic routine.
George van den Broek evolves on stage even as you watch. When he debuted in 2016 with the viral Harmless Melodies he dispensed the dark singer songwriter phase, think King Krule and Mac DeMarco, in a shot. A year later that’s history: Is Everything Okay In Your World?, his debut LP, is much more than the reflection of a pining teenager with a guitar in his house in Haselmere, a small snail’s pace town in Surrey. It is a testament to his love of Ray Charles, whose soul imbues the whole record, and serves as a testing ground for a movement towards genres such as jazz, hip hop (his collaboration on Lately I with the rising rap star Rejjie Snow is worth a record in itself) and electronic music. All of this by the age of 18. Whilst you have been reading this, Yellow Days will already have moved on.
From last year’s Different Class to this year’s Primavera Sound, this Brixton-born underground artist makes a mix of dancehall, R&B, grime and hip hop with the ferocity of a robot and the dark aestheticism of artists like Mykki Blanco, with whom he collaborated last year. He’s a fan of FKA Twigs, Tricky and the Melvins, and generates music equally unfit for definition.
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