Heavy rain hit the area this weekend
Soulja Boy was involved in a “very bad” car crash last night after getting caught up in Californian flash floods and mudslides.
The US rapper – whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way – took to Twitter to say that his car “almost went into the ocean” as a result of mudslides in Malibu.
“Was involved in a very bad car accident last night due to a flash flood and mudslide,” he wrote. The ‘Crank That’ artist also retweeted an image of stuck vehicles, along with the message: “My car got stuck too almost went into the ocean.”
From punk to pop, there’s all manner of treats beyond those show-stopping headliners
Coming at the launch-point of festival season, Coachella‘s line-up is almost always a marker of festy things to come. 2019’s is no exception. From the trio of young headliners – Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande – representing a new breed of bill-toppers, right down to the bottom rungs representing the finest newcomers around, it’s a promising hint towards festival futures.
Elsewhere, there’s similarly-huge showings from the likes of The 1975, Janelle Monae, Solange, Aphex Twin and more. However, further down the line-up, in the squinty-squinty sized fonts, there’s yet more gold. Here’s your guide to the unmissable hidden gems of Coachella 2019.
We banged on about this lot for the majority of 2018, and with good reason. The Baltimore hardcore bunch changed the game with last year’s ‘Time & Space’ LP, a gnarly bounce through punk, disco, samba and god-knows-what-else. Under the punishing Cali sun, that anything-goes approach is set to be one of the sweatiest sets of the whole weekend.
Yves TumourBafflingly low down the line-up, given how much acclaim September 2018’s ‘Safe in the Hands of Love’ garnered, Yves Tumour’s Coachella appearance is sure to be packed to the rafters with avant garde obsessives and electro-heads alike.
BakarThis Londoner fuses thundering live instrumentals, influenced by his love of old-school British indie, with a fiery, rap-tinged attitude. At times it comes off like Rage Against The Machine had they grown up in South London; others, it’s a warm, human approach to the street smarts of the British rap scene. Whichever he brings to Indio Valley (likely both), it’ll be a breakthrough moment for the British star-in-waiting.
ShameIt seems somewhat baffling that this is Shame’s first appearance at Coachella, given their rising US stature and the near-endless tour the South London lads have been on post-‘Songs Of Praise’. Still, they’re heading Stateside once more, and showing no signs of fatigue. Maybe try a nap after this, though, lads. Please?
By Tom Connick
There are few people we’d trust to know more about the science of partying than Channel Tres. If his scorching debut EP ‘Channel Tres’ wasn’t proof enough, the LA musician tells me that he goes out for pleasure, but it often turns into a research exercise. “If there’s a DJ I like, then I’ll watch how they do their thing – I just love the science behind it all,” he says. “I party hard, bro”.
His EP, out on cult label Godmode [Yaeji, Shamir], is a razor-sharp and thrilling explosion through house, R&B and funk, all topped off with that undeniably breezy West Coast coolness. ‘Controller’, for one, is a smooth poolside jam, while ‘Topdown’ showcases a deeper side of the dancefloor.
At his live shows, Tres combines the feel-good anthems with his findings of what a crowd wants. Accompanied by two dancers, Tres and his squad glide through a set that’s intimate, hella fun and packed to the brim with dancefloor pleasers. He’s putting that research to good work, clearly.
When Tres came to the UK in October, we caught up with one of the scene’s most intriguing new artists, to find how he went from folk beginnings to getting FaceTime-d by Elton John, via a little bit of homework.
Who was the first artist you really connected with and wanted to emulate?
“Andre 3000, for real. When ‘Speakerboxx/Love Below’ [Outkast’s fifth album] came out in 2003, that album really fucking inspired me. It was him and Kanye West with the ‘College Dropout’ and ‘Late Registration’. Those were two guys I could connect with, because I wasn’t a hard, gang-banging type of guy. Like, I’m hood, but I wasn’t aggressive. So it was good to see people in music that looked like me and they didn’t have to be all hard to make good music, they were just regular dope dudes.”
What was your early musical output like?
“I made folk songs. I was into Animal Collective, Toro Y Moi, Bon Iver – it was like chillwave mixed with indie. Being in Oklahoma, which I moved to when I was 20, inspired a lot of my early stuff. There was country, folk and all that shit, so a lot of music that I produced early on was really influenced by that.”
Why did you leave Los Angeles for Oklahoma?“
I just needed something different. The mind-set where I grew up was very limited and it was hard to get out of the bubble I was in. I knew I needed to go to where nobody knew me and that I had a different type of mind and I wasn’t around a lot of people that could accept that and it wasn’t very encouraging. I wanted to study and make music but it needed to be somewhere new.”
Do you look back fondly on that time?
“Most of my time there was spent on my own, so it was a fairly lonely time. I’m so happy I made that decision though, as I could run my own show and not have anyone tell me what to do. It was just my thoughts and I and knew what I had to do. My goal was: I’m not leaving here till I fucking finish studying and learning how to be the best artist I can be.”
How did you go from that sound to where you are now?
“Those songwriting elements and influences are still in there, I just learned how to tighten it up more how to use the microphone to do different things with my voice. A lot of my early songs it was all over the place.”
“Nobody knows me now, I think, but at least I’m on the ladder”– Channel TresWho in the dance scene do you look for inspiration from?“From the dance scene, there’s LCD Soundsystem, Disclosure, Kirk Franklin and more from that world. Then there are hip hop guys too – like Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott – who influence me – it’s a lot.”
How did you get on Godmode’s radar?“
I would put all these little EPs out on Soundcloud, that’s how Godmode found me – they really didn’t gain much attention. I took them down after we started working on this because I knew that when I was going to put out this EP it was going to be a completely different moment for me. This EP felt more special than something that I’d been working on in my bedroom and throwing it on Soundcloud. I just took that stuff down so I could start over because nobody knew me. I mean nobody knows me now, I think, but at least I’m on the ladder.”
Judging by the EP, the club is where you feel comfortable?
“I party hard, bro. I like going out, learning and seeing how people are moving to certain grooves. If there’s a DJ I like, then I’ll watch how they do their thing – I just love the science behind it all.
“I wanted to emulate those experiences when I play live, so it’s just me, two dancers and a Moog synth – but most importantly it is all about working the crowd. I’ve been in dance classes for the past four weeks for 6 hours a day and understanding the relationship with my body to work out how to do that.”
It’s landed you some big fans, right?
“Elton John FaceTime-d me about ‘Controller’, bro – he just hit me up. Elton was telling me I was different and a professional and he sees big things for me. Iggy Pop played it on his show – those are my two guys. That was an unreal thing to hear from those two.”
Channel Tres’ debut EP is out now.
By Thomas Smith
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