Though we’re always first to pack up and head to a music festival at the drop of a hat, we’ll also be the first to admit that it can be disheartening seeing the same tired headliners grace lineups, flier after flier. You can never see your favorite artist too many times. But wouldn’t you rather attend a festival where the headliners are the stars of the underground? To experience mind-blowing tracks you’ve never heard? Of course you do! This is for the music lovers who separate themselves from the bandwagon fans – you like to be in the know before everyone else. Keeping that in mind, The Hundred presents Cloak and Dagger Music Festival. Although 2014 will go down as the festival’s very first year, we’ve got pretty high hopes, and for good reason. On top of being a multi-venue festival, taking place at both City Hall Amphitheater and Club Vinyl, the lineup is a delectable platter of emerging musical talent from across the genre board. Continuing the solid trend that both Euphonic Conceptions and Souls In Action have long become synonymous for, Cloak and Dagger offers an underground selection of the world’s best electronic talent, all in Denver’s backyard. As we’d touched on before, months of poring over the same tired lineups can have damaging effects, such as desensitizing yourself to discovering some of the most innovative acts you’ve unknowingly been longing to hear – if you’re a music addict such as myself, you know it’s wrong to deprive yourself of new artists. Luckily, we’ve chosen our top five acts that will be performing at Cloak and Dagger so you can get yourselves warmly acquainted. Think of them as baby steps; it can be hard to grasp the idea of an entire festival filled with so much underground goodness to discover. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you’re in tip-top shape by the time September 20th rolls around.
Check his latest track, fresh as of two days ago via SoundCloud. ‘Moth Mother’ embodies everything we’ve come to expect from this meticulous artist – smooth and effortless productions combined with sultry, dance-able synths, distorted vocals and that all-loving deep bassline. His latest EP, ‘All That Is Left Is Right’ will be available October 20th, exactly one month after Cloak and Dagger, a good sign that we might be graced with a peek at a few unreleased tracks!
Capturing the sexiness of 90’s R&B, layering it with synth funk and transitioning it into the modern electronic scene isn’t an impossible task, but it is one that has to be done with finesse. Luckily, Vancouver bred producer Pomo has it down to a science, making it no wonder that big name artists such as Kaytranada, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Disclosure are proud fans of his work. Each track he touches is an instant gold mine for those who find themselves longing for a classic, disco-synth vibe but also appreciate a polished and futuristic production. An instant dance party on the floor, Pomo will undoubtedly give a performance worth waiting for.