We’ve cherry-picked 5 artists you need to catch this weekend.
Arriving at east London’s Haggerston Park June 4-5, Rinse | Born & Bred presents some of the finest on the bassier side of underground club music. Fans of grime, garage, drum and bass, dubstep, house, techno and more experimental sounds will be well catered for with a line-up that boasts Novelist, Josey Rebelle, Benga, dBridge, Loefah and Koreless, and stages hosted by the likes of Lord of the Mics, FWD>> and Exit vs Dispatch Records.
With so many quality acts to see over two days, we’ve cherry-picked 5 you should be checking out. Plan your weekend below…
1. Lady Leshurr
Birmingham MC Lady Leshurr has been setting fire to both the underground and the mainstream since 2009, collaborating with everyone from Kano and Foreign Beggars to Labrinth and Orbital. She even has her own dedicated fanbase – her Shurrporters. You’ll probably become one yourself after you catch her performance. That is if you’re not already, because honestly, if you’ve missed her stellar Queen’s Speech freestyle series, then where the hell have you been living?
The East Midlands producer specialises in bright, sparkly UK club music, while his DJ sets are a whirlwind of grime, dancehall, funky, and soca. Last year’s Odyssey EP on Mixpak might have been his best release yet, and that’s before we’ve even got to his recent collaboration with Deadboy as DBM. Murlo provided the soundtrack for designer Nasir Mazhar’s AW16 show, and he’s pretty skilled with his edits – most recently Kelela, Fetty Wap and a top drawer remix of Rihanna’s ‘Work’ which has almost torn the roof off every time I’ve heard it played out.
3. AJ Tracey
Arguably the grime scene’s finest newcomer, the west London MC has enjoyed a rapid rise this year, becoming a permanent fixture on radio and delivering killer guest verses for the likes of P Money, Coco and Tinchy Stryder. ‘Naila’ was one of the biggest tunes of 2015, and his recent Last Japan collaboration ‘Ascend’ is another thrilling display of his talents. AJT already has a remarkably mature stage presence, so his Born & Bred set is likely to be a coronation of one of the most exciting MCs in the country. Don’t miss the drop.
PK, Saint and Lyrical Strally are Camden grime trio YGG (short for You Get Grime). Their flows and wordplay are , but most importantly, their chemistry is infectious. While the young trio’s breakthrough has largely been entwined with the explosion in internet radio, they also know how to make a killer track – check last year’s single ‘Okay’ or their freshly laid bars on Sir Spyro’s ‘Side By Side’ instrumental. Anyone who’s witnessed their phenomenal talent live will know that their set this weekend is not to be missed.
5. Laurel Halo
Born in Michigan and now based in Berlin, electronic pioneer Laurel Halo has released on labels including Hyperdub, Hippos in Tanks and Honest Jon’s. Her work is constantly shifting, spanning the gamut from left field techno to avant-pop, and her set is bound to be one of the most gripping and unpredictable of the weekend. For evidence of her far-ranging knowledge, look no further than her monthly show on Berlin Community Radio.
Featured image: Lady Leshurr, Laurel Halo (Phillip Aumann), Murlo (Akinola Davies)
Rinse | Born & Bred comes to Haggerston Park, London, June 4-5. Tickets available here.