The Creators Project DUMBO: Music Preview + Playlist
Portrait of Atlas Sound by Mick Rock
Following yesterday’s official announcement of the New York event schedule, we thought we’d compile a selection of music videos from some of our featured artists to help whet your appetite for Saturday’s performances. If you haven’t yet RSVP’d for Saturday’s festivities, we encourage you to join us instead on Sunday (RSVP here). Can’t watch music videos at work? Stream our Grooveshark playlist instead. Be sure to stay tuned to the event page for the most up-to-date details, or better yet, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Queen Sea Big Shark: “Let’s Play”
This Chinese pop group brings just as much bite to the stage as their wacky name implies. Aiming to incorporate Eastern musical trends into their energetic rock without using traditional instruments, QSBS has devised a homegrown operation that permeates every component of their music—from sound to stage design.
A$AP Rocky: “Purple Swag”
A$AP Rocky says that ASAP is life: overall, an Acronym Symbolizing Any Purpose. While we’re not sure what that means, we do know that this Harlem-based rapper’s been putting out some seriously fresh tracks. He’ll be performing with Clams Casino, one of our favorite producers, whose hard-hitting beats will provide the perfect backdrop for Rocky’s rhymes.
Four Tet: “Hands”
With his last release, There is Love in You, Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) showed that he’ll always be pushing boundaries and experimenting with what electronic music can be. We are beyond excited that dates have finally lined up on his busy global touring schedule to play a Creators Project event.
Forence + the Machine: “Shake It Out”
Anyone who has seen Florence + the Machine perform has left reeling from the impressive vocal stylings of Florence Welch. With the highly-anticipated release of their new album, Ceremonials, this will be your first chance to hear new songs. And if the lead single “Shake It Out” is any indication, we can expect more of the group’s highly intoxicating emotive soul-pop blend.
Emicida is just about the biggest thing to come out of Brazil since “The Girl From Ipanema.” This DIY rapper paid his dues in Sao Paolo’s battle rap scene, where he honed his unique flow, witty lyrics, and monstrous improvisation skills. One doesn’t need to understand Portuguese to know why Emicida is sometimes referred to as the “Jay-Z of Brazil.”
Teen Daze: “Shine On, You Crazy White Cap”
The mysteriously hypnotic Vancouver beatmaker Teen Daze has mastered the art of imaginative shoegaze, as his palette mixes hazy synths with relaxing summer tones. Blurry, fuzzed-out vocals overlaid atop infectious melodies will have you swaying in time to the music which, as the name implies, has the tendency to be daze-inducing.
John Maus: “Believer”
Minnesota-based John Maus makes enigmatic retro-futurist synth pop that’s inspired by New Wave and the work of John Cage. His romantically melancholic, baroque-infused sound is impossibly lush and intricately layered, but perhaps his greatest asset is his deep, commanding voice that seems to be channeling the ghost of Ian Curtis.
Yusek: “Always On The Run”
Electronic music producer Pierre-Alexandre Busson (aka Yuksek) started his music career in a piano conservatory in Reims, France, but his style combines influences as far-flung as disco and post-punk. He’s been traveling the world with The Creators Project, working audiences in Paris and Seoul into a frenzy with his new, energetic live show.
Atlas Sound: “Quick Canal”
You may know him as the frontman for Deerhunter, but as Atlas Sound Georgia-bred Bradford Cox traces new terrain with his stream-of-consciousness style slow jams. Playing new songs off his upcoming album, in stores on 10/25, he’ll be delivering a welcome dose of ambient, dreamy, swoon-worthy rock.
Company Flow: “8 Steps To Perfection”
The notorious Brooklyn-based hip-hop trio Company Flow helped pioneer a new interpretation of underground hip-hop in the early 90s, fueled by lo-fi production tendencies and a devil-may-care attitude. We love that these guys are back together and playing just a few special shows.
If their latest single “Civilization” provides any clue as to what French electro heroes Justice have been up to in the last couple years, it’s that they may have shifted their sound a bit, but they still write dance anthems. When they DJ, it’s always a dance party, and hopefully this one will be filled with some new tracks from their album Audio, Video, Disco, coming out on 10/25.
Nosaj Thing: “Aquarium”
Nosaj Thing’s been gaining fans for his sample-heavy, chillwave-meets-glitch-hop soundscapes. His live VJ-set, merging projection mapping with psych-minimalist visuals, is a multi-sensory experience just like Captain Kirk’s bad trip. Accompanying him are dubstep artists Koreless, and Ikonika.