Celebrating a decade of annual parties in the beautiful Croatian seafront town of Pula, Outlook Festival returns in 2017 with another mind-blowing lineup representing many of the best artists in modern music. Pooling together bass-led genres including DnB, grime, hip-hop and plenty more, the festival has become a pilgrimage point for electronic music fans looking to escape the draw of a saturated house and techno market, making the serene location and perfect climate a perfect summer escape. Running an eye over the lineup, we picked out five acts who we think will be particularly exciting at Outlook this year.
High Focus Records
UK hip hop has been defined by High Focus over recent years, and with Fliptrix, Dirty Dike, Ed Scissortongue, Molotov and DJ Sammy B-Side turning out for them in Pula, they’ll certainly be putting on a good show. Clever lyricism, jazz influenced beats and seriously big performances have made them underground stars, and it’s no less than the collective deserves.
Straight out of Organized Konfusion comes Pharoahe Monch, whose signature brand of perspicacious hip-hop draws on complex linguistic structures and intricate rhymes, switching between gangster rap brutality and a subtlety reserved for the very best MCs. A wordsmith as adept at dealing with emotional content as he is braggadocio, Monch is more than deserving of the mass of hype that surrounds him.
New York rapper Destiny Frasqueri uses her Princess Nokia alias to explore territory which her previous projects could not reach, taking varied musical flavours and throwing them together to construct her unique take on hip-hop. Disarmingly intelligent and with the distinctive swag of New York’s most visible rappers, Princess Nokia’s music is meant to be challenging and irresistibly enthralling.
Grime instrumentalist Murlo bounces synth lines off of crisp percussion and body-shaking bass with his trademark clean production style, creating spacey landscapes that are perfect for the dancefloor. Drawing from a pool of records that spread across hip-hop, trap, garage and grime, he’ll show off a wide range of musical influences in Croatia.
Set to thunderous bass by default, Madam X will test the foundations of the Outlook stages as she smashes her way through a stormy DJ set. Expect elements of dubstep, grime and UK funky from the Manchester BPM label head as she brings her fearless mixing to Croatia.
Outlook gets underway on Thursday 7th September at Tvrđava Punta Christo in Pula, Croatia. Running until 6am Monday 11th September, the festival will also see sets from the likes of Giggs, Goldie, Friction and Wiley, whilst a separate opening concert will see Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow and The Outlook Orchestra play at a 2000 year old amphitheatre on Wednesday 6th September.
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