Each year Les Nuits is the place to discover new upcoming talent from all over the world. Known as the opener and warm-up of the busy festival season ahead, you can count on them to put together together the finest selection of artists over all genres. This year it’s no different. To get a little insight on what certainly not to miss, we asked social media and promo expert of the Botanique Thomas Konings,for his favourite acts on the line-up.
Although he has been around for quite some time now, Simon Cliche Trudeau aka Loud is one of the fresher faces in the French-speaking hip hop scene. It took me some time to get used to his accent from Quebec and his sometimes catchy as hell melodies, but in fact the album Une Année Record is a fun, ambitious and very 2018 piece of work.
Nakhane is a queer South-African artist who has recently released his stunning new album “You Will Not Die”. On it he sings about growing up gay in a catholic country, with productions ranging from bold and club-friendly to calm and fragile. At times Nakhane’s music makes you think about ANOHNI or Perfume Genius, but it’s clear that the 30-year-old has got a thing of his own.
I’m so so stoked to see U.S. Girls performing her new album. With In A Poem Unlimited Meg Remy has outdone herself. It’s without a doubt one of this year’s best albums, giving pop music an incredible twist. The record feels adventurous and playful at the same, bringing two of music’s most important characteristics together in a highly addictive and unique mix.
By now you’ve probably heard of gqom, the South-African electronic music made popular by taxi drivers who introduced tourists to the hard-hitting tunes of local producers. DJ Lag is one of the genre’s pioneers: between Trip to New York and Daisies his songs are heavy, energetic and uplifting.
Iceage has always been a very good band. I loved the raw energy of New Brigade, championed the more experimental, dark songs on You’re Nothing and fell in love with the layered, less brutal tracks on Plowing Into The Field Of Love. Their new record should see them developing this more ‘mature’ sound, the first singles are already very promising and even beautiful.
Les Nuits takes place in the Botanique, Brussels from April 25 till May 6.
Porches + Pale Grey, April 29 and DJ Lag, May 5 are free for members. Become a member here.