Headed out to the desert? Well, here are a few acts you should check out that aren’t named Beyoncé or The Weeknd.
*Reminder you can listen to E24’s Coachella Takeover Weekend all through the fest*
Black Coffee – If deep soulful house is your flavor, then you should definitely check out Black Coffee. There are very, very few better at it than this guy. He is not only the biggest producer/DJ in South Africa, he’s arguably the biggest electronic artist in all of Africa. Coffee is also a ‘DJ’s DJ’, he is so skilled on the decks that he makes us all grovel. You don’t want to miss his set on Fridays at the Mojave Stage.
Tom Misch – Tom Misch earned the distinction of being declared “Best New Artist” by KCRW in 2017. That should be enough of a qualification to make this list right? Check out the video for “Movie”, the first single from his debut album Geography which just dropped last week. You can catch him at the Gobi Stage on Saturdays.
Helado Negro – Roberto Carlos Lange, better known as, Helado Negro, has been a station favorite for several years now. His ability to fuse psychedelic melodies with electronic pop and a dash of tropicalia, makes his music perfectly suited for sunny Southern California. It’s quite appropriate that he’ll be playing at the Sonora Stage on Fridays.
Moses Sumney – If you’re a fan of KCRW you are definitely familiar with Moses Sumney. We’ve championed this local artist since he burst onto the scene in 2013. Moses is a phenomenal talent! Angelic voice, exquisite songwriter, great stage presence, and is simply striking to look at. His long awaited debut full length, Aromanticism, made my top 5 of 2017. Sumney is not to be missed. You can find him Fridays playing at the Gobi Stage.
Buscabulla – Raquel Barrios & Luis Alfredo del Valle, better known as Buscabulla, are Puerto Rican born and raised and now based in New York. Their sound is truly a reflection of both (imagine a mix of 80s pop, funk, and tropicalia). Well, good thing for us, we don’t have to 🙂 Check out their live version of “Tátaro” on MBE last Feb. Check these guys out on Sundays at the Sonora Stage.
Moodymann – Kenny Deixon Jr, better known as Moodymann, is a bit of mythic figure in the techno and house scene. His personality, exploits on the turntable, and interviews are just as popular as his record selections. I actually don’t want to tell you much more than that and potentially spoil the fun 🙂 All I will say is that you’ll find me near the right speaker in the Yuma Tent on Friday.
(Photo c/o: Maureen.gi)