The Stereo MCs are a British alternative hip-hop/electronic dance group founded by vocalist Rob Birch and Nick “The Head” Hallam in the mid-’80s. It took a while for a bunch of white Brits to be taken seriously in the hip-hop community, but they made some inroads with their 1990 album, Supernatural, when the single “Elevate My Mind” became the first British rap song to make the Billboard Hot 100. But the Stereo MCs didn’t truly achieve their mainstream breakthrough until the release of their third album, Connected, which went platinum in their native UK and stayed in the British Top 10 for nearly a year.
In a time of made up genres and increasingly entwined music, Marcoca is not even trying to put themselves in to a specific category. Generally they consist of four individual musicians with various tastes and backgrounds, that enjoy their differences and don’t worry too much about the outcome.
The second project of the German band, ‘Cosmic Blunder“ originated out of the urge to merge new psychedelic sounds with elements of funk, jazz and surf rock, while keeping the stuff that worked on the first record in place. The result is a reverb soaked ride through songs that cover the ups and downs of life and all the questions that come along with it. While some of the songs had been previously arranged, some instrumental parts developed during the recording process in order to preserve the natural flow of the music.
A quintet formed in the seaside town of Brighton, Squid is one of London’s many promising post-punk bands. With a manic and raucous drive, they have shared the stage with groups such as Black MIDI and Black Country, New Road. Their sound not only includes traditional rock instrumentation but percussion and horns as well. This may seem out of place in post-punk.
Squid‘s nervy debut blazes through scraps of jazz, funk, krautrock, dub, and punk. More than a canonized style, it’s their level of control that sets them apart.
Delaporte is a Spanish and Italian electronic music band based in Madrid, created by Sandra Delaporte and Sergio Salvi. Both of them come form a strong background in Madrid’s funk, soul, R&B, and jazz scenes, an together they’ve decided to carve out their own path in the music world. After launching a few covers in Youtube, they were ready to unleash their own style, which encompasses sonic flavors from Bomba Estéreo and Nicola Cruz, to Jamie XX and Charli XCX. This year they’ve released their debut album: Como anoche. Tonight in concert at Sala Apolo.