For those of you who think music-festival season is over, you’re wrong. Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the best festivals in the Bay and, better yet, is on a beautiful man-made island off the coast of San Francisco. The 36-artist lineup is separated by its artists’ associated genres — electronic and hip-hop influenced on day one and indie-influenced on day two — and the festival’s schedule is optimally curated so that no main act clashes with another. Talk about efficiency. With an extensive range of up-and-coming to largely influential artists hailing from, infusing and remixing many musical genres, the lineup may be a little overwhelming, and we understand that. That’s why The Daily Californian selected 12 tracks from artists we are looking forward to seeing, and, after a listen, we hope you will as well. Access the playlist here!
Washed Out — “Feel it All Around”
Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) captures just the euphoria you would expect from a road trip or a nap on the shore. His 2009 track “Feel it All Around” is one of his greatest, full of vintage vibes and fuzzy synths that will sound even greater on stage.
Banks — “Drowning”
Singer-songwriter Banks has accumulated a large following since Snakehips released his remix of her single “Warm Water” last year. Since then, she has worked on her debut album, Goddess, which dropped last month; simply put, it is absolutely sublime. “Drowning” has a bit of trap influence, and it is all at once vulnerable, vengeful and addictive.
Chet Faker — “Talk is Cheap”
Chet Faker has gained a much deserved boost in popularity after being featured in songs such as “Drop the Game” and “This Song is Not About a Girl” from Flume’s EP Lockjaw, and with his recently released debut album, Built on Glass, the Australian musician is already making a name for himself in the industry. In “Talk is Cheap,” Chet Faker infuses catchy electronic beats with soulful vocals and smooth jazz instrumentals, creating vibes you can unabashedly jam out to.
alt-J — “Every Other Freckle”
“Every Other Freckle,” the third single alt-J released from its new album This Is All Yours, embodies all of the qualities that have come to define the band: folksy instrumentals mixed with dramatic electronic synths and slurred vocals that render the lyrics almost unrecognizable. The band’s musicality remains derivative of a less-moody Radiohead and a more somber Of Monsters and Men, creating a sound that is invigorating to listen to, whether the band is 10 feet in front of you or playing on your Spotify feed.
Classixx — “Holding On”
Classixx is mainly known for its remixes, but its recent album Hanging Gardens proves that its own material holds up just as strongly. The production duo will most likely perform a set dominated by its popular remixes, but “Holding On” is one of its originals that we’re crossing our fingers for.
XXYYXX — “Zygote”
Zygote is an experimental lo-fi masterpiece adorned with warped bass and vocal samples from the one and only Mary J. Blige. Marcel Everett, whose stage name is XXYYXX, is the age equivalent to one of our very own freshman: At just 18, he is signed to label Relief in Abstract. What have you done at 18 years old?
St. Lucia — “Closer Than This”
Brainchild of singer-songwriter Jean-Phillip Grobler, St. Lucia is one of the frontrunners of the increasingly popular indie electro-pop movement — and for good reason. In “Closer Than This,” he blends ebullient synths with traditional indie instrumentals to create a dreamy atmosphere.
TV on the Radio — “Will Do”
The best phrase to describe Brooklyn-based indie rock group TV on the Radio is “holy shit.” This is perhaps best shown in “Will Do” from their 2011 album Nine Types of Light. It is the product of the combination of apocalyptic electronic beats with artsy post-punk influences — a ballad of love and rejection, culminating in an emotionally charged, instrumentally intense three-and-a-half minutes.
MØ — “Say You’ll Be There”
One of MØ’s biggest influences is the Spice Girls, and here she revamps the pop group’s hit with her classic, sultry and crooning vocals and pop-influenced electronics. The Danish singer’s entire album No Mythologies to Follow bursts with energy and girl power, and her performance on-stage is expected to be this and more.
Jungle — “Drops”
Jungle takes a funky approach to electronic music, and here the duo from the U.K. employs a slow bass and some jazzy hums to produce a track that is prime to chill out to. You’ll be good for the show if you can remember the line “I’ve been lovin’ you too long” — it makes up essentially half of the entire song’s lyrics.
RATKING (feat. King Krule) — “So Sick Stories”
RATKING is a New York-based hip-hop group composed of rappers Wiki and Hak and producers Sporting Life and Ramon. Teaming up with the equally distinct U.K. artist King Krule to sing the chorus, RATKING creates “So Sick Stories,” which sounds just like a walk down the streets of Harlem. The music video is a badass complementary visual.
The New Pornographers — “Champions of Red Wine”
After being together for 15 years, indie supergroup The New Pornographers is no stranger to the music scene and has seen it change over and over again. What makes the group a mainstay in the industry is its ability to adapt. In “Champions of Red Wine,” the second track from its latest album Brill Bruisers, the band moves away from its previous indie-rock sound and toward a more artificial soundscape of electronic synths, arpeggiators and iPhone and iPad apps. Needless to say, it works wonders.
Outkast — “Hey Ya!”