Thursday, November 3, 2011

Le Guess Who? 2011 tips by: Vincent Koreman - Incubate

Here you go: the second 'Le Guess Who? tips by..' In short: we've asked our favorite promoters, festivals and bands to tip their five recommendations for this year's Le Guess Who? festival line-up. This edition: Vincent Koreman, artistic director of Incubate.

Afro Futuristic hiphop brought to you by an ex Digable Planets rapper. What else could you possibly need to know? Shabazz Palaces blend their African heritage with modern production and tales from the city in the best oral tradition of the tribes before the slave trade era and claim their place in the African diaspora anno 2011. Or 2031. Or 2091. Excellent live shows with traditional headgear, clothing and ultra-futuristic, bass heavy music.

Zola Jesus
Simply one of the best concerts I have witnessed in the 7 years we have been doing Incubate was the 2010 concert of Zola Jesus. Stridulum II was also the only album me and my girlfriend both bought in that year, and that is saying a lot. I loved it for the killer hooks and cool old school electro/new wave production, she loved it for the beautiful haunting voice and the lyrics. So there you go.

Gary War
One of the best garage rock/lo-fi freak out bands around at the moment. Almost at Purling Hiss level of brilliance… best enjoyed with a slight buzz on. You need to grab their Police Water record from last year because it like, totally rocks man!!!

We’ve had Sluga play at one of the early editions of Trigga, the longest running dubstep night in Holland, and even though he didn’t play any dubstep at all, he totally killed it. Our regular visitors, mostly kids with issues (let’s face it, dubstep has become the heavy metal of the 2000′s, drawing a crowd of 16 year olds that don’t know what to do with themselves emotionally…), were surprised at first, stunned at second and finally going berserk with a crazy ass mosh pit. I predict this scenario will repeat itself at Le Guess Who.

Truly legendary band with ties to that other great German band To Rococo Rot (Ronald Lippok plays in both bands). Tarwater sounds a bit more organic though and for some reason, the former east resonates a bit more in their music. They used to be on Kitty Yo, back when those guys were still defining the German underground, both have since moved on the great Morr label, a fitting home for their instrumental post rock with electronic influences.

For our full line-up, latest time shedule and tickets, go to our website: Next episode: tips by Peter Weening, promoter at Vera.

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