Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Rob Da Bank
Our guest editor shares his favourite new songs...
Rob da Bank - 25 May 2012
I’m a huge fan of Orlando and the whole TEED project, he’s played Bestival pretty much since he started, and he’s got good slots both there and at Camp Bestival this year. I just think it’s just very optimistic pop, techno. electronic music. It just manages to sum up everything that’s good about UK music, there’s bit of grime in it, bits of pop, electronic stuff…everything I like!
I only got this yesterday actually, but it’s already one of my favourites of the year. I love shoegaze, and 80’s indie music. This is a more modern take on it. Very melodic, and a real earworm, it just won’t leave!
I’m a huge hip-hop fan, mostly from the late 80’sand 90’s. Daisy age stuff, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Public Enemy and Ice Cube. I love new things like Drake, and bits of Kanye or Jay-Z, but I’m not crazy about all of it. This guy Killer Mike sounds like he’s gone back in time,but brought it right into the 21st century, and it’s really heavy,with funny lyrics, great melodies, and the beats are much more bumpy than someof the slower, swoonier hip-hop you hear these days. I think he’s absolutely amazing.
Splashh – ‘All I Wanna Do’
They remind me a bit of Beach House…The word “beach” keeps on cropping up. I don’t know why, but it sounds like beachy music! Quite sunny, but quite shoegazey too. Just two guys, one of the hottest unsigned acts out there at the moment.
Boban Markovic Orkestar – ‘Od Srca’
This is like Balkan Beats, gypsy brass, whatever you call it – which is a really important part of Bestival. We’ve got Stevie Wonder and New Order and all the big cheeses on the Main Stage, but there are loads of microvenues and that’s where a lot of the best gigs happen – 200 people sweating in the Polka Tent! We’ve got a tent that just plays polka, gypsy brass and hoedown all weekend. There's sub-genres within sub-genres, and I love that.
Chris Tofu from Club Dada programs quite a lot of that stuff. I’m very precious about programming Bestival, and I program 99% of it, but he’s the one guy I trust, he alwayscomes up with the most amazing conceptual line-ups, and he’ll be like: “Right Rob, Friday’s going to be Gypsy Speed Brass from 1941-1942,” and then Saturday will be something equally diverse. I want to have more of this sort of stuff on the Main Stage.
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