- SXSW 2014
- March 15th
- 8pm - 2am
- Location TBA
Rihanna, Drake, Rick Ross, Pharrell; Chief Keef, Ace Hood, Casino, Mike WiLL: can any other artist claim to bridge the mainstream and underground so effectively as Future right now? One of the most influential rappers in the game, he is everywhere at the moment, with more hits to draw upon from the past three years than most get in a lifetime. Future is guaranteed to shut our Ray-Ban x Boiler Room showcase down. Honest.
Just Blaze's production cuts on Jay-Z's classic The Blueprint brought the soul back to rap; last year's Baauer collab 'Higher' was a landmark in high-NRG trap. In the interim, perhaps the biggest story in instrumental hip-hop has been LA's ridiculously inventive beat scene, of which Brainfeeder-signed, Low End Theory-founding Gaslamp Killer has played a crucial part. We have no idea how this hook-up will play out, but damn if we're not pumped to find out.
One of the hottest young - or should that be Yung? - producers in the world today, DJ Mustard's bottom-heavy bangers have taken US hip-hop by storm lately. Clubs are full of the Roc Nation signee's high-octane smashes - a nasty/nice secret formula that legions of imitators just can't get right. Finally we can proclaim: DJ Mustard on the beat, DJ Mustard in the Boiler Room.
21-year-old Kentucky singer-songwriter Tinashe is on a tear right now, following a clutch of heavily buzzed-about mixtapes, and collaborations with artists as diverse as Travi$ Scott, Jacques Greene and ScHoolboy Q. With her debut major label release imminent, her Boiler Room debut will be a snapshot of a star in the ascendancy.
Between them, Julio Bashmore and Omar-S are responsible for some of the finest house music in recent memory, and remain two of the most in-demand selectors around the globe. Needless to say, we're majorly excited to be bringing together the posterboy of contemporary UK club culture and arguably the finest Detroit producer since Theo Parrish, to Texas for a world first back-to-back set.
Can we go ahead and call Kieran Hebden a bona fide living legend yet? His flawless track record proves that Midas Touch extends wide: besides shifting as a producer from folky IDM to grime-jungle hybrids (not easy!), he seems just as comfortable manning the mixing desk for Neneh Cherry and Omar Souleyman as he does spinning marathon 8hr UK garage DJ sets. We are thrilled to announce that Four Tet's third Boiler Room appearance will also be his only performance of SXSW 2014.
2013 — Death Grips
One of the most boundary-pushing, visceral and downright jawdropping sets in Boiler Room's history. The punishing sonic warfare of a masked MC Ride and founding member Zach Hill (drumming remotely via satellite link-up) whipped the crowd into a raw frenzy as a complex audiovisual set-up furthered the disorientating sense of utter chaos…this was a serious blow-out.
2013 — Baauer b2b RL Grime
Two young producers riding a major wave of hype, practically knocking on the door of the charts, paired up and decided to throw a fat curveball. As well as their usual populist trap stylings, their back-to-back set found UK garage and vintage boom-bap working into the throng, delighting everyone in the building and at home.
2013 — Lunice
SXSW 2012 marked the first time Hudson Mohawke and Lunice had ever played live as TNGHT - what followed was an ascent to global stardom. A year later he returned to the scene of the crime, turning our Boiler Room show inside out with an all-star rotating cast of MCs to go in over his high-octane beats: Deniro Farrar, Mykki Blanco and Flatbush Zombies. That still reads like a vision of the future.