It's almost time for Coachella and we can almost feel the heat, hear the music, live the vibes! The three day music festival has for years been a tastemakers paradise. Not only is it a feeding frenzy for seasoned celeb watchers, complete with cray cray history making moments like Tupac coming back to life to perform one last time (okay, it was a hologram... but still), it’s also great for scoping out the newer acts who will be making a name for themselves in the upcoming year. This year, the festival promises some more impressive moments, for starters Outkast are reuniting!!! But if you're not too clued up on who and why and where, we've compiled a list of some of the acts you should most definitely be checking out - whether that will be live from under a blistering Coachella sun or on YouTube.
Can we just tell you guys quickly how hard it was to narrow down a jam packed three days of awesome lineup into these must-listens? It was hard. Obvs check out Outkast, Pharrell and Lorde (those were already on your list, right?) Other than those, here are some that *may* be a little less known but who are bound to be smashing through your radios in the coming year. Happy listening!
Despite having yet to release a debut album, Los Angeles hailing, London based singer Banks has racked up millions of YouTube views and is fast rising to the top of our most watched / most played / most coveted list. With trippy, foreboding RnB-esque vocals slinking freely over chilling, ethereal production, the 25-year-old has been dropping gem after gem for a few months now and we can't get enough. (She's currently touring the UK, fyi.)
2. Little Dragon
Are we a bit late on this one? Maybe. But just in case 'Klapp Klapp' was the first thing to have alerted you to the Swedish band - or, better yet, in case you haven't even been alerted yet - this is pretty awesome. It's been around three years since we've last heard anything from the pop group so you'll forgive us for having slept on this one a little, at least we woke up and smelt the coffee in time for the release of their third studio album - and their performance at Coachella, obvs.
3. Jhene Aiko
If you only really check out one act on this list - let it be Jhene Aiko. The pint sized singer has been singing since the age of five, penning a record deal at the age of 12 years old and since collaborating with the likes of Kanye West, Childish Gambino and more, but no doubt her feature on Drake's recently released album will finally catapult her into the superstardom she deserves. A poet first, singer second (her words, not ours) her lyrics and her voice are goosebump worthy and wholly, wholly phenomenal.
4. Aloe Blacc
You may remember Aloe Blacc from the ridiculously catchy 'I Need A Dollar' - sorry if you sang that instead of reading it, we wouldn't blame you. Proving he's more than just a one hit wonder, the singer recently unleashed 'The Man'. His recently released album 'Lift Your Spirits' is sure to be doing the rounds on radio stations everywhere.
5. Laura Mvula
British singer Laura Mvula has been nominated for two BRIT Awards, collaborated with Tinie Tempah numerous times, is hailed as 'the new Adele' and has released a stunning debut album all in the space of the past couple of years. Named 'the world's least likely pop star' by The Guardian, if you're not paying attention to her yet, it's time to start.
London hailing four piece collective Bastille this year won the BRIT Award for British Breakthrough Act. Do we need to go on?
You definitely already know the name, even if it is only as Beyonce's little sister, or because of her unbeatable fashion prowess but, if you didn't know, now you know; Ms Solange has got a serious set of pipes on her, too!
8. Duke Dumont
Producer Duke Dumont has this year alone been respnsible for quite a few of our top 10's. His AME featuring 'Need U (100%) is arguably one of the most played songs of the year. He's since released quite a few other bangers, taken from his debut album, set for release later this year.
9. The Internet
Odd Future's un-Googleable R&B/funk spin-off project The Internet has been making headlines away from those of their whacky frontman Tyler, The Creator. We're loving their funky sounds.
10. Chance The Rapper
Our favourite rapper's favourites rapper, for sure. Chance has collaborated with the likes of Justin Bieber and James Blake; completely owning his niche of genre defying sound. Listen and fall in love.
Are you going to Coachella? Who are you most looking forward to checking out? Let us know @grazia_live