Summer festivals are spreading like wildfire and in its second year Summer Set Music Festival in Somerset, WI is a relative newcomer. In order to make a mark these days festivals need a quality lineup and then some. Fortunately Summer Set take two had good music flowing non-stop and plenty more to entertain those who converged on this small town in Northwest Wisconsin. Here’s 10 ways Summer Set Music Festival stood out from the pack including killer sets, crowd interaction, and a near miss.
Ryan Hemsworth’s Dreamy Dance Party
One of the weekend’s best electronic sets turned out to be one the earliest thanks to Ryan Hemsworth’s incredible Friday afternoon set. Hemsworth showed why he has been one of the independent electronic scene’s most buzzed about artists not only for his studio work but also for his varied live sets. His mix featured the ambient tracks of his recent Still Awake EP as a constant backdrop for the pop and hip-hop flavored set. Highlights included Sophie’s “Bipp” (which might be the catchiest song of the summer) and Hemsworth’s own recent mashup of A$AP Rocky’s “Thuggin’ Noise” with Britney Spear’s “Everytime”. The set seemed even dreamier when juxtaposed with the furious noise and frantic crowd that flowed in for following act Figure.
Com revisits the girl he met at 10 years old for a remix of his classic hit single I Used To Love HER. This joint will live on J. Period’s new project Rage Is Back which drops 2/12. Check the track after the jump and let us know how you’re feeling about this version compared to the original, which lived on his 94′ LP Resurrection?
It’s an Artium affair as the Cocaine 80′s collective drops the third single from The Flower Of Life EP alongside Jhene Aiko & Common! You’ve got to appreciate the unique approach this group takes to both the creation and presentation of their music in a time where everything is so cut/paste in hip-hop/r&b.
Singer/Songwriter looks to cap off a very successful 2012 with a complete project of his own. No word yet on a release date for Bijoux 22 but you can check out a stream of the first single featuring Common below.
With Mother’s Day creeping up on all of us this weekend, NecoleBitchie and co. had an opportunity to sit down with Common’s mom dukes, Dr. Mahalia Hines, for a rather short but sweet conversation where she recalls a fond memory of how a young 10 year-old Lonnie left front-door keys and wrote a poetic note to a delivery man that was dropping off some furniture to their apartment at the request of his mom – and this, according to her was initially how he began penning any sorts of raps or form of poetry on paper. Good one.
For DJ Dub’s latest mash offering, he quips together material from the catalog that of The Standard, Common and Q-Tip on “Standard Deviation,” a 31 track set, which highlights Com and Tip’s phenomenal body of work, while also reminding us avid Hip Hop fans what we may have remembered or forgotten in the process from these Rap legends’ track-record:
From the crew that brought you conceptual mixtapes from Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica and more, they’re back with a new installment. DJ Dub brings together some of the best work from the bodies of work of The Standard, comprised of Q-Tip and Common. Mixing classics, remixes, b-sides and the infamous Dub mixes, Standard Deviation is here to satiate your senses until the formal release arrives.
Common was live in square in the midst of this year’s Sundance festivities, where his new film LUV was being premiered, and to celebrate his latest dramatic role he performed his single “Blue Sky” after the premiere. Here’s some footage, along with a freestyle (below) he decided to spit over Bee’s “Party”. Spotted over at Fakeshoredrive’s.