5 Artists to Discover at Sonic Bloom
Now comes the time leading up to the festival when it’s time to troll through the depths of the lineup to find out which unknown artists will occupy my playlists this summer. Before diving into that, it’s worth nothing that Sonic Bloom (tickets available here) has added even more cool stuff including yoga, talks, workshops, psychics, tarot cards, a kids-area, glass blowing, and hammocks! Pretty much the perfect list of stuff you’d want to do while you’re not dancing your ass off to hippe-tronica or sleeping that off endurance race you completed to get to that sunrise set.
1. Electric Dandelion (Hippie-Tronica)
Electric Dandelion is a interesting hippie futurebass type of thing coming from Los Angeleano Alan Joseph. Inspired by the likes of old-Bassnectar and XXX. His sound encapsulates the dominant vibe of Sonic Bloom’s 2014 lineup. Cackling alien noises mixed with dubby beats and echey angel voices singing. If you’re into straight-up burner-beats, then you’ll likely really enjoy what Electric Dandelion puts out. I’m really diggin his track from the Bloom Series, as well as this his remix of ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.
2. DJUNYA (Jungle / DnB)
There will be jungle at Sonic Bloom! Looks like this guy DJUNYA started off making dubstep and DnB, but his more recent stuff is fun party jungle. Working my way down to some of the older tunes on his Soundcloud, it looks like the Bay Area producer has always stuck to the lighter / ambient side of the genres though, bucking the bass-music trends and doing his own thing. From his Facebook page it seems he’s been working on new tracks, hopefully we’ll get to hear some South Park next weekend.
3. Mr. Bill (Glitch)
Not really conforming to any specific style (house, step, trap, hop, etc.) for his glitch, Mr. Bill is doing some very interesting stuff using that sound. This track is one of my favourites off of his recent album IRL, but he’s got a great back-catalogue of glitchy tunes if that’s your jam (one of my favorites is below too). If you like the sound and can’t make it to Sonic Bloom check out his other dates here. I like the aesthetic of the potato-with-arms character that appears all over this albums and Soundcloud page too.
4. Late Night Radio (Electro-Soul-Hip-Hop)
Late Night Radio is a Denver-based producer who’s making the type of sounds we used to hear out of Pretty Lights a before he got huge. Stripped down hip hop beats infused with soul samples and his live sets are actually live off a laptop and what I presume is an Ableton controller. Mixing between the bassy and the chill, but always funky, Late Night Radio is a set you won’t want to miss if you’re headed to the Bloom. Make sure you head over to his Soundcloud, where you can pickup a free download of his 7-track release Soap Box.
5. Pumpkin (Blog House)
Ok so this one isn’t technically a discovery from Sonic Bloom, but Pumpkin’s set at Lightning in a Bottle a few weeks ago (listen to the actual set below) was so much of a party, that I couldn’t resist including it here. The thing begins with a friggin moombah track, then continues on to mix together the best that blog-house has to offer. Great remixes including RAC’s on Edward Sharpe, Passion Pit’s take on Two Door Cinema Club, and his own mix of Blind Melon’s No Rain. This may not be a set for the deep dance-heads out there, but surely everyone in your campsite will be able to dance and party to the tunes Pumpkin spins out at Sonic Bloom.