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Tropicália 2017 – Preview II

What I find to be a unique quality about this festival is the wide array of musicians that are going to be performing and vibing with us, the music lovers. This is a big treat for folks who truly enjoy what is known to be treasurous music, because music is a resemblance of gems. I love the diversity of music, and the diversity of backgrounds involved in this festival. The mix of folks is truly enticing; seeing the line up made me think that this festival was well thought out in the aspects of a broad soundwave going from hip-hop artist Goldlink, to Indie surf-rock Innerwave, to Neo-soul filled artist Jhene Aiko– but ultimately all these artists named now and in the first paragraph are really indefinable in what genres they are accustomed to. These artists are special and revolutionary in the music world, essentially being fluid in how they express their sound and adding powerful elements of their minds to create that music they bring out to share with the rest of the world.

These artists are so scattered on the spectrum, but all with something that brings a good ear and heart on in. Seeing this line up made me feel that this event would be incredibly diverse and filled with very very excited, enthusiastic music lovers. How wide the range of music is is like proof that this event will be a winner– especially for Tropicalia showing its face around for the first time. Some of the artists have truly caught my attention, and I immediately saw that this was an event I needed to go to. Here are a few varying artists that will give you a clue as to what sorts of sounds and vibrations to expect at upcoming, Tropicália 2017:

Kali Uchis

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Image from Showstudio.com

Karly-Marina Loaiza (born July 17, 1994), better known as her stage name Kali Uchis, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and fashion designer from Alexandria, Virginia.
Kali writes and produces most of her own music. She was introduced to music at a young age, when raised in the Alexandria school system, culminating in graduating from T. C. Williams High School, and began playing saxophone and piano as a teenager. She experimented with music production and video editing in high school and released her official debut mixtape, titled Drunken Babble on August 1, 2012. The mixtape was described as “genre-defying” and was noted for its influences from doo-wop, reggae, and early-2000s R&B. Uchis really liked jazz and played the saxophone. Some of her influences include Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Uchis began collaborating with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song “On Edge”, from his 2014 mixtape That’s My Work 3. That same year she debuted her first ever in-studio performance of “Never Be Yours” on the music podcast Kinda Neat. In February 2015, she released her first studio project, which is her first EP, titled Por Vida. The EP was also released for free on her website. Por Vida features production from Alex Epton, Diplo, Tyler, the Creator, Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, and others.

Alina Baraz

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Image from Hypebeast.com

The formula for creating a hit album has always been pretty standard—go into the studio, record, record, record, tweak with a producer, promote, release album, tour, repeat. However, 22-year old Alina Baraz proves that there are ways around that when you have a dream. After falling for the beats of Danish producer Galimatias, Baraz recorded her written songs over his electronic instrumentals and uploaded the mix to her Soundcloud. Eventually, Galiamatias found Baraz, and the two worked together on Urban Flora, an 8-track EP filled with deep, alluring melodies—without ever meeting in person.

Inner Wave

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Image from fourohfive.com

The south Los Angeles-based new age garage rock group, Inner Wave, is on the forefront of a psychedelic revival movement currently happening in the Los Angeles rock scene. Following in the footsteps of contemporaries like Tame Impala, Inner Wave is on a mission to bring sweet and floaty synthesizer rock back to southern California. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Pablo Sotelo, the turquoise-maned Chris Runners on double-decker keyboard and vocals, Jean-Pierre Narvaez on bass, Alexandro Avilez on drums and Elijah Trujillo trading lead and rhythm guitar with Sotelo.
Sotelo’s Inglewood-based garage serves as the band’s spiritual home. It’s there that they create “R&B-influenced swamp rock,” says Sotelo. “The Swamp is Pablo’s garage,” says Narvaez, chuckling. “It gets real humid, because there’s no windows and thick carpet.” The droning melodies of the psychedelic five-piece echoing from the walls seem out of place for a town better known for its local rappers, rather than indie pop bands. “It’s unusual, that we play, where we are,” said Narvaez. “But, Inglewood has kind of always been the beating heart of LA, and people are interested.”
“We have a lot of different influences, like Marvin Gaye,” says Trujillo. “We listen to Turkish music like Barış Manço.” Neither of these influences seem to be present sonically in any of their studio releases, but the prospect that remnants of these artists may be buried somewhere deep within Inner Wave’s arrangements is exciting in itself.

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Aika

November 1st, 2017

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