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FYF fest is back in Los Angeles on the 27th and 28th of this month, and we at Discobelle (at least the LA writers) consider it our civic duty to attend the festival as part of our summer festival run. With that in mind, we dove straight in to find our favorite tracks and videos by the artists on the lineup to show you why the festival is one of Los Angeles’ best.

5. Vince Staples

Staples has probably been at the top of our radar in West Coast Hip Hop game, sitting next to the guys at TDE and YG as one of the most exciting lyricists in the music game today period. Personally, I’ve seen him on a smaller venue and absolutely kill it. With the eclectic blend of humor, stark reality, and brilliant lyricism, Staples is sure to be a must watch at the show

4. Anohni

I remember first hearing Anohni’s stunning vocal work with Hercules and Love Affair. “Blind,” and subsequently the other tracks on the self-titled debut album of the group shaped a large portion of my musical taste and style and so when Anohni’s project came about, I knew it was going to be profound, moving, and intellectual. While the Anohni project is a far jump from the 2008 disco-influenced jams, her powerful music seems to resonate even further in 2016 and the effect she’s had on the music landscape is beautiful. She’s working on actively bringing diversity into entertainment, and her critically acclaimed work is proof that being true to ones self is key.

3. Corbin

Corbin’s singing captured the internet by storm circa 2013/2014 when he released grainy footage music videos like “Without You.” Donning a durag and walking through the snow, it wouldn’t be too strange to think that the artist then known as Spooky Black was bound for massive stardom. Admittedly he’s since been a little quiet, but that doesn’t mean the world isn’t eagerly waiting. Word is that a debut album is in the works, but fans that are eager for more in the meantime found solace in Thestand4rd, the Minnesota born group that consisted of Allen Kingdom, Bobby Raps, Psymun, and Corbin himself. It’ll be cool to see how time has influenced the young up-and-comer, and FYF will be the perfect landscape for this.

2. Kendrick Lamar

Okay, admittedly, I was incredibly tempted to put LCD Soundsystem as the second artist for this list, but at the end of the day, we’re in the city of LA, so we had to include the reigning king at the (almost) top of the list. Intimate shows by Lamar were provided at various moments in the last year and a half, but with the rigged system that is buying tickets online these days, we’re not confident too many people were able to see him. Personally, it’s been since 2013 that I was able to check him out on stage, so this one is an absolute must for everyone at FYF.

1. Grace Jones

You guys. Do I even have to explain?

Honorable Mentions; Young Thug, Kamaiyah, Denzel Curry, Father John Misty, Floating Points, Museum of Love.

The writer’s out in LA are currently enjoying the long nights out, the sweaty humid days, and of course, all of the festivals that come as the reward for dealing with bad traffic, smog, and reality TV stars.

What the team is really excited for is the upcoming FYF festival. So excited, that we gathered some of our favorite songs from artist’s on the lineup to get everyone ready for the fantastic times ahead.

The festival will be on this August 22 and 23rd, and while so many of the Festivals in Southern California happen in “the greater Los Angeles area (Indio, Palm Springs, San Bernadino, Pomona), this one happens to be directly in the city at the The LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park.

With a killer lineup, FYF is set for another successful year. Purchase tickets via their site, and check out their roster and our playlist below.


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Taches isn’t an easy person to catch for some free time, but what time we were able to squeeze from him was totally worth it. After catching him last month at Splash House, we were so excited to have the opportunity to talk to him about his set and about what he’s got going for the rest of the year.
Check out our chat below.
Discobelle: We recently caught your set at Splash House. What were some of your favorite songs from your set? (We’ll let the playlist come in here) What about these tracks made them stick out from the set?
As Time Goes By – Loco & Talul
Those hypnotic vocals, right?
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Boorka – Jonas Saalbach
Those bendy string things sounded extra nice with a view of Palm trees.
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Lost Ft. Billie Fountain (Nakadia Remix) – Me & Her
The end of world string sweep things sound massive when this is played loud. Those plucks and washy synth leads over the last part of the track certainly tickle my pickle too.
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Clouds (Boso Reversion) – Few Nolder

The second time the piano-type instrument plays over the bassline with the big open hat always gets my feet shuffling.

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It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay – Little Nancy & Daddy’s Groove
Absolutely everything about this track was stellar. This was the highlight of Splash House for me.

DB: Speaking of Splash House, was this your first time out to Palm Springs? What did you think of the concept of an all hotel pool party festival? What are some of your favorite events from the course of this past year?

T: I had never set foot in Palm Springs until Splash House, and I certainly misjudged the importance of weather dependent packing. Luckily, someone gave me a small Hawaiian shirt while I was there, so that was super handy. As far as the concept of an all hotel pool party festival, there’s only one thing you need to remember – the pool water. Oh my, the pool water.
Desert Hearts back in March definitely stands out as being the best event I’ve ever been to. It’s such a welcoming and mind freeing experience that totally restored my faith in the concept of going to a ‘festival’ (though I feel wrong labeling it as a festival).

DB: Did you catch any of the sets happening here? Who were you excited to see/who had the best sets this weekend?

T: To be honest, I’m not really sure who I saw other than Christian Martin and Justin Jay – who were both excellent. It was way too hot to consider remembering to breathe and the names of the DJs playing at the same time.

DB: It’s hot as hell, and the sun is beating down on us. What drinks are necessary for a day like this?

T: I’m mainly a (non-bitter) beer drinker, but I’m equally as comfortable buried deeply in an umbrella-garnished Mai Tai when the rays starting kicking up a fuss.

DB: We’ve been massive fans of yours since “Don’t You Know,” but who are you a massive fan of musically?

Everyone should sit down and listen to Djivan Gasparian. He’s an Armenian musician that plays the duduk – an oboe-like thing that’s probably my favorite instrument. It’s both heartbreaking and entrancing, and words can’t really describe the raw emotion that it packs. Check it out.

DB: Let’s talk a minute about your studio setup. What are your absolute essentials when you’re making music?

T: I have two essentials when making music – my Macbook Pro, and there needs to be food delivery services for when I get hungry. I have a Prophet ’08 keyboard that’s pretty fun to mess around with too.

DB: What can we expect from you in the second half of 2015?

T: I’ll have some remixes and originals coming out soon as free downloads, and I’ll have a full EP out towards the end of the year. Until then, I’ll be around and about, swaying and picking songs in designated places. I’m also considering buying a miniature animal, but I’m not sure what kind of animal to get yet.

Thanks Taches!

Under the hot sun, we managed to steal Zimmer for a few moments to hear about his upcoming EP release with his Roche Musique friends and we were able to pick his brain for a bit. He’s been busy since we caught up with him a mere two days ago, and he’s released his single for his release on July 10th. Check out the track below, and check out our interview after the jump!

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We sat down with Vanilla Ace shortly after his set, and we had an absolute blast at the Hilton Hotel lobby, where we talked old school DJ-ing, advice to future musical artists, and even a bit about George Clooney.

He’s also got a couple of fantastic remixes out for us, just in time to kick off the new week. Check out both tracks below, and read below for the fantastic interview!

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We took a little break from scouring the corners of the internet to face the desert resort town that is Palm Springs. Admittedly, we music writers prefer prowling out to dark clubs when the moon is full instead of spending two full days under the sun, but we fell in love with the friendly people, great vibes, and stunning sets. Although we loved every act that was playing, there were some really great performances from a spectacular few. Check out our favorite DJ’s from the weekend, and let us know who you enjoyed!

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