OUT THE FRAME 2020
Sat 21.0318:30 - 05:00Kunstencentrum Vooruit
2018: “The first edition of the one-day hip-hop event was a complete success and becomes one of Belgium’s best-kept secrets” (Dummymag). 2019: “The inaugural OUT THE FRAME Festival is a lesson in female power, Belgian hip hop and Afrofuturistic capabilities” (The Quietus). 2020: the third edition of OUT THE FRAME is set to take place on Saturday 21 March. All the familiar spots at Vooruit, and some less familiar, will be taken over by the most adventurous hip hop and all its offshoots. Discover new projects from big names as well as the hip-hop headliners of tomorrow. Explore the ever-expanding universe of hip hop.
“lll beats, tight rhymes, fly samples and boundless charisma on the mic”, wrote AP News about the new LP from New York’s underground hip-hop talent Homeboy Sandman. On the funky ‘Dusty’ he tackles the daily drudgery and mental sludgery of our society. And he does so in 15 ass-kicking tracks that will put your (ex-)favourite rapper to shame. For all the OUT THE FRAME veterans who’re fans of Quelle Chris, Open Mike Eagle and legends like Kool Herc and Rakim.
Tristan is the alter ego of 22-year-old vocalist, songwriter and producer Isolde Van den Bulcke. On her two Eps ‘Illusje’ (2018) and ‘Delidomia’ (2019) she switches it up between jazz, breakbeats, electronica and pop. Her formidable voice is the power that binds. De Morgen has described Tristan as “a dash of Hiatus Kaiyote, a wisp of Kate Bush, an ounce of Bat For Lashes on a bed of kraut-, post- and jazz-rock.” Her live shows (with full band) – such as at We Are Open, Ghent Jazz and the AB Club – have received reliably glowing reviews. And the cherry on the cake: over the past year she played support for Tamino three times, for his sold-out shows at the AB.
The young talent from Antwerp Miss Angel started out acapella and wrote her first songs herself, drawing from UK grime and old-school hip hop in a big way. In 2018 she hit the studio with a number of renowned beatmakers, resulting in three hot tracks: ‘Ghetto Supahstar’, ‘Money Making Mami’ and ‘All of the Schmoke’. Following collaborations with Blu Samu and Martha Da’Ro – who performed at OUT THE FRAME in 2018 and 2019, respectively – as well as KRANKk and Zwangere Guy, last summer Miss Angel single-handedly conquered the stages of Rock Werchter, Couleur Café, Dour, Fire is Gold and Pukkelpop. And now she’s coming for OUT THE FRAME.
100% bad as fuck. Kenyan rapper MC Yallah has just released her debut album ‘Kubali’ on Hakuna Kulala, the fine sub-label of Nyege Nyege focusing on East African and Congolese underground electronica. Together with producer Debmaster, MC Yallah has delivered an explosive album crackling with verbal fireworks. Highlights include the grimy swagger of ‘Sifa Leero (Gangsta Edition)’, the militant ‘TT145’ and the ragga slam ‘Kubali’. “MC Yallah looks set to follow other East African artists like Otim Alpha, MCZO & Duke and Kampire onto the international stage”, Resident Advisor predicts.
Antwerp’s answer to the Wu-Tang Clan! Roedel is a six-piece collective from Antwerp that perfectly illustrates the expression “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Lazy Louis (who performed just last year at OUT THE FRAME), Mitxelena, Rikky Rozay, Brakka Briesje, tusais and Stef joined forces on their debut album ‘Hondsdolheid’, a record full of 90s beats, jazz samples and raps à la Stikstof. In the meantime they’ve won the Chase Award for best urban act and are already working on their follow-up, ‘247’. “Reminded us of DJ Krush and the heyday of the Mo’Wax label”, said Luminous Dash. Fuck what we think.
A few weeks ago, KRANKk won the accolade of Most Promising Act at the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards. Rightly so: this newest star in the Belgian hip-hop firmament blends UK garage, grime and bass music to create a completely unique, dirty version. KRANKk makes dark, aggressive music with rapid raps by guest MCs including Miss Angel, Blu Samu and David Ngyah. Their first release, ‘How We Were’ (2018), was reminiscent of the sound of Iglooghost and Aphex Twin. Their follow-up, ‘Dark’ (to be release in January 2020), digs even deeper and shows international promise. KRANKk’s live performances are frenzy-inducingly danceable and memorably masterful.
A philosophical reading group that transforms into an instrumental hip-hop group: in terms of street cred, it may not sound like the best bio. But you could also count Lunch Money Life as one of the most exciting and original hip-hop acts out there today. The band blends experimental jazz, hip hop, electronica and kraut. They have been known to welcome guest rappers and brass players to the stage. So, expect something like the bastard child of J. Dilla and Miles Davis. To be honest, they had us at the track title ‘Unlimited Ice Cream Palace’.
Laima Leyton is the female half of Mixhell, the other half being her darling Igor Cavalera (Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy). With Mixhell she merrily casts techno, acid and rock into the blender, but on her first solo album, ‘Home’, she goes all in on vocal experimentation and electronica. The production was in the safe hands of DEEWEE (Stephen and David Dewaele AKA Soulwax AKA 2ManyDJs). Did you know: to fully appreciate ‘Home’, you are advised to play side A and B simultaneously. We’re just as curious as you as to how Laima will accomplish this live.
Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer: the 22-year-old talent Sequoyah Murray wears many musical hats. His soulful baritone voice in particular is highly remarkable, as evidenced on his debut LP ‘Before You Begin’. “It would take a very strange turn of events for ‘Before You Begin’ not to be proclaimed Debut of the Year. What a breathtaking talent Sequoyah Murray is”, gushed writteninmusic. Murray draws on many influences for this first release (take a deep breath): new soul, futuristic electronica, West and North African polyrhythms, gospel, free jazz and psychedelic tropicalia. His eclectic sound is reminiscent of Blood Orange, King Krule and the still underestimated Arthur Russell.
“Open your eyes, the beast feeds on exploitation”: the hard underground rave of the Canadian Pelada is socially engaged, urgent and, most of all, brilliant. On their debut, ‘Movimiento Para Cambio’ (PAN, 2019), the duo of Chris Vargas (vocals) and Tobias Rochman (producer) use music as the conduit to share their thoughts on power, identity and the environment. Rochman’s raw mix of rave synths, acid bass lines and breakbeats form the perfect soundtrack. FACT summarises it nicely: “It’s hard not to feel stirred by Pelada’s passion, power and dedication”. Critical club music!
“OUT THE FRAME shows the power of spaces where art from across the world can coalesce: where we can build fairytale and fantasia out of strange, challenging sounds.”
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If you order 3 or more tickets, you will get a discount of up to 20%! Choose the events you wish to attend, buy your season tickets in one order and enjoy the discounted price!
Sat 21.03 - 18:00 Kunstencentrum Vooruit
muziek / hiphop / electronica / pop / nightlife / party
- Very early bird tickets (limited to 100!) : €15 - available till 31.12: first come, first served!
- Early bird tickets: €18 - available from 01.01 or when the very early bird tickets are sold out.
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