Top 5 Must See Artists to catch at Buku Music + Art Project 2016
Buku is making its way back to the famous Port of New Orleans this year, returning with yet another incredibly diverse and insanely stacked lineup with headliners by the likes of Kid Cudi, Pretty Lights live band, Future, Above & Beyond, Miike Snow, Purity Ring, Crystal Castles, and Griz just to name a few. With new art and installations, pop up performances, the return of all your favorite stages, and of course, the voyage of the S.S. Buku for V.I.P. attendees, it’s safe to say Buku Music + Art Project is about to pop off!
In lieu of last year’s tradition, we here at Compose Yourself Mag find it only appropriate to hit you with another “Top 5 Artists” series, but unlike last year’s Too Buku highlight, which focused on some of the festival’s biggest performers, we are going to switch it up this time around and give you the scoop on some of the underdogs who we think are going to absolutely rock NOLA.
Why is this man’s name not in a bigger font?! G Jones is without a doubt headlining material and I can guarantee you that his sounds stand by it. If you haven’t caught a G Jones set before, get ready to brace yourself for some of the grittiest, most disgusting bass music you will ever hear in your life. G Jones’ productions put a unique spin on the dubstep and bass music we typically hear being cranked out of L.A. today, by increasing his track’s BPMs up to about 155bpm, adding a whole new level of hype to his dark sub-bass sounds. Despite the lack of Bassnectar on this years line up, G Jones will be sure to provide you with the bass heavy set you need, while creating an exclusively different sound that is his own. Nearly every song in a G Jones set is an original as well, which allows for an entirely unique set comprised of music you won’t and can’t hear anywhere else. Make sure to grab some water and take a breather once you descend back to Earth from this one.
G Jones – Fuck What You Heard
2. J Philip b2b Kill Frenzy
If you want to shake your butt to some of the most hard hitting house and techno music out there today, then I highly recommend catching this epic b2b set between two of Dirtybird’s finest players. By combining a female powerhouse armed with an arsenal of saucy beats along with the master of booty-tech, you can guarantee things are going to get reallll weird over in the Back Alley stage. No other words really necessary for these two dirtybirds, just see for yourself in this b2b mix from Igloofest in Montreal and prepare for the Buku madness soon to come.
3. Mija b2b Anna Lunoe
If I could, I’d fill this paragraph with 1,000 heart emojis. But don’t just let their good looks distract you from the real reason why these two babes have landed themselves a special b2b performance on the Float Den stage. If you want to jump right into the tunes, I’d recommend checking out this special b2b set they did last year in the MixMab Lab that you can view here.
I can only assume both Mija and Anna Lunoe will be bringing their ‘A’ games for Buku this year set to take us on a journey from futuristic bass beats, to ignorant rap, to wonky house and deep basslines, all the way back to bass heavy bangers. If you happened to catch Anna Lunoe at BangOn!NYC’s Elements Festival, you heard her throw down one of the best sets of the day, closing down the festival with a variety of stomping beats making everyone move their feet and leave on a high note. Mija has also been known to take listeners on a journey through different sounds and vibes while keeping the energy up. Expect to hear a bunch of her own originals and an array of music coming from her OWSLA label mates. Although I have yet to see Mija live, or the two as a tag team, both ladies get down to their own music and add an energy to their sets that induces people to get down with them. I feel confident in saying that these two will throw down a set you do not want to miss out on.
4. One Man b2b My Nu Leng
B2b performances seem to be like a common theme but Buku simply killed it this year with all the special collaborations and powerhouse duos. One Man & My Nu Leng are another group of artists you simply cannot miss. Hailing from London, and with support from Rinse FM and FabricLive, the two are set to deliver a mixture of signature UK sounds, including UK dub, garage, and bass-house, bound to pulsate from the Back Alley stage through the entire festival grounds. My Nu Leng generally spins a bass-heavy house set so I’m curious to see how One Man’s influence in the b2b set will play out. If all this house music sounds like it’s getting to be a little overwhelming, I can promise you that this style of house is something you haven’t heard before. The UK influences these two incorporate into their tracks create a totally unique sound we don’t typically hear in the States. Picture Dubstep fixated to a house tempo; The result is intense dramatic and orchestral build ups dropping into bone shaking sub-bass filled drops, making genre classification irrelevant. Make sure to check these dudes out because you don’t know when you’ll be able to catch them on this side of the pond again!
My Nu Leng – Masterplan (ft Fox)
5. Autograf on the S.S. Buku
Now this one might only pertain to those planning to go V.I.P., or better yet, maybe it will convince you to upgrade to V.I.P., because Autograf on a boat is looking pretty sweet. Might I add that the S.S. Buku supplies an open bar! If free drinks aren’t convincing enough already, just wait for what’s in store musically. Autograf, formerly Midnight Conspiracy, are a group of Chicago natives who incorporate live instruments, like the marimba for example, into deep-tropical sets. If you’re not already aware of their sound, picture a hybrid of Kygo and Manic Focus; Tropical house with synth-heavy builds leading to deephouse-like drops. If you’re looking to step away from the main fest to soak up some rays on the boat and relax a little (if you’re not too busy dancing), you definitely want to catch Autograf’s set. Tropical vibes on a boat parked on the edge of the Mississippi River sounds pretty promising to me and personally I am already day dreaming about grabbing some rum punch and just kicking back!
Pharrell ft Daft Punk – Gust Of Wind (Autograf Remix)
If the kick ass shenanigans that ensued at last year’s BUKU Music + Arts Project are any indication of what’s to come, we can only imagine what’s set to go down in Nawlin’s this March! Ready yourselves for the BUKU experience of a lifetime.