It was already looking epic when Red Bull Music Academy announced a handful of artists in February, but now we have the whole lineup we can safely say it’s gone off the scale entirely.
Joining already insane bookings like Afrika Bambaataa, Prurient, Oren Ambarchi, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Georgio Moroder and Brian Eno come a whole host of new additions. Hallowed Brooklyn club The Bunker have put together a standout lineup of Modern Love’s Andy Stott, Raster Noton’s Atom TM, Objekt and 100% Silk’s Octa Octa, just for starters, and for Americans who missed out on the first wave of dubstep there’s a ‘Roots of Dubstep’ event at SRB featuring scene veterans Skream, Hatcha, Mala and Plastician so you can party like it’s 2003.
Elsewhere Williamsburg’s Glasslands gets a one-two punch from psychedelic rapper LE1F and Hyperdub’s very own Laurel Halo, while Dark Disco have managed to gather together a whole booth full of retro fetishists with Night Slugs’s Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 joining Metro Area and Gerd Janson.
Most interesting however is the jaw dropping lineup of lesser-seen rap producers performing at the Knitting Factory; Lil Wayne/Shawty Lo beatsmith Drum Majors, Young Money OG Mannie Fresh, Drake’s secret weapon Boi-1da, good humoured drill pioneer Young Chop and Rack City don DJ Mustard. Getting to see one of these guys would be a treat, but all together under one roof? Someone read our Xmas list.