May 20, 2015
Counterpoint Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia is notorious for serving an ever-diverse line-up. With past headliners like Outkast, Run the Jewels, Skrillex, and Pretty Lights, alongside a wide range of international and local acts than span every genre, the ATLiens sure know how to turn up. 2015 is no different, with a line-up that mimics a musical smorgasbord, choosing which amazing flavors to explore can be difficult and CounterPoint makes a point to up the ante of options.
Do you want to dance ’til dawn and allow the music to pulse through your body and control your heartbeat, brainwaves, and emotions? The electronic heavy-hitter Joshua “Zomboy” Mellody has no idea what “chill” means and has you covered:
The Soul Rebels
Do the deep, soulful sounds of big brass bands do it for you? Though their list of collaborative projects, including work with The Allman Brothers, Black Thought of the Roots, George Clinton and recently, Joey Bada$$, is longer than the line-up for the entire festival. The Soul Rebels provide a consistent, robust sound. Their rendition of the iconic “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” is killer.
How about something in-between these musical extremes? Michigan-native and self-described inventor of “future-funk”, Griz, is a DJ who includes his own saxophone-playing tracks on top of beautifully layered classic hip-hop, soul and groove samples. Go ahead and indulge in his entire 2013 album Rebel Era; there is no song to skip on this entire record:
French electronic DJ Brodinski is well known on the stage and in the studio. He had the honor of co-producing Kanye West’s albums Yeezus and Black Skinhead with no other than, ahem, Daft Punk. Check out one of his latest releases with Bloody Jay; this video is the equivalent of a 1980’s cinematic masterpiece (hint: there’s a lot of fan dancing and dogs dyed as exotic animals).
“Is there such a thing as indie-funk? Let’s hope so. Ohio-natives who now
call Asheville home, Papadosio brings a complexity that can only be
described as new-wave and exciting. With poetic lyrics, catchy guitar
riffs paired with rock-heavy drums and a two-headed keyboard, Papadosio
has it all and is definitely a peek into the future of music”.
Futurebirds’ melodic, slow jams are like Fleet Foxes and Langhorne Slim made a melodic baby. Definitely add them to your road trip soundtrack. They sound like sunny days and flowy dresses and falling in love for the first time.
The Heavy Pets
The Heavy Pets sound like falling out of love for the first time. Their harmonies and hooks have a simplicity that a lot of modern music ultimately can’t master. Very Cat Stevens and Old Crow Medicine Show sans-Wagon Wheel. The Heavy Pets are like the aural version of a beautiful, rainy day. Their sweet, calming tunes will be refreshing in the heavily-electronic festival.
“The Roots are possibly one of the top five groups of all time. Nothing
like a festival ending with more than 25 years of consistent, excellent
and thorough hip-hop. After extreme success in their latest album
collaborations with names such as Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello and John
Legend followed by their popular on-going stint on Late Night With Jimmy
Fallon, the Roots are finally back on the tour and festival road. The
perfect ending to the eclectic weekend”.
Also, do y’all know about Silent Discos? You get wireless headphones and everyone dances around in an otherwise silent environment. You unplug and get to watch everyone flail around, or you tune in and immerse yourself in a totally new approach at a “dance experience”. If all the artists are anything like Ployd’s relentless bass-heavy drops, expect nothing short of an out-of-body moment sweeping through the crowd: