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[Festival Preview] Noise Pop Festival 2016–SF, 2/19-2/28

np2016-admat_fullNoise Pop 2016 is quickly approaching, beginning this week, February 19th, and ending nine days later on February 28th. Following San Francisco’s anointment as Super Bowl City on January 30th, the city was the center of the American sports world for nearly 2 weeks. Now, as those ceremonies are winding down, excitement regarding a more local-grown type of entertainment will be ratcheting up. Noise Pop has outdone itself in 2016, bringing one of the boldest and most impressive lineups in its prestigious history.

We were lucky enough to chat with Chad Heimann, the sole talent buyer for Noise Pop, so you’ll find some of what he had to say sprinkled through out this preview. Badges are still available for purchase here.

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[Smooth] Medasin & Masego – Coffee

Coffee (Ft. Masego)

To celebrate the one-month anniversary of their funk-tastic Pink Polo EP, Medasin and Masego let loose a jazzy new tune yesterday that promises to brighten your day. With its lounge-y feel accompanied by Masego’s sublime sax skills, “Coffee” brings to mind “Sunday Vibes,” one of our favorite cuts from the EP. Take a moment out of your Sunday evening and chill out to this one. Grab a free download here and save it for a sunny kick back.

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[Future Funk/Jazz] Masego x Medasin – The Pink Polo EP

Funk and jazz’s cross-genre transcendence may be more prevalent today than ever. To some degree or another, it can be heard in hip-hop, electronic, indie and just about any other style of music you can think of. If you’re still not convinced in listening to contemporary albums from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, The Social Experiment, Thundercat and Griz, look no further than Masego and Medasin‘s recently released funktasitc Pink Polo EP. On the project, Masego, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, plays sax, sings and produces while Medasin, a master of monster beats, contributes a marked bombastic, atmospheric trap vibe through out.

The resulting combination makes for an incredibly unique and enjoyable listening experience that recalls the greats of both funk and jazz while injecting the sounds of contemporary electronic music. Through out the 8-track project, epic sax solos are mixed in with 808s, heavy drops and James Brown-esque vocals–it’s unlike anything we’ve ever heard before. There’s straight party starters on the project like “Shut up and Groove,” “Bounce,” and “Girls That Dance,” but there’s also supreme jams on songs like “Sunday Vibes” that make us wonder what it might sound like if Thelonius Monk had access to modern day recording equipment.

Masego probably sums up the style of this project best in his Soundcloud description calling it “Traphouse Jazz.” The Pink Polo EP, released through the rapidly rising  Film Noir records, arrives right in time for your sunny 4th of July celebrations. Stream it below and, if you’re digging it as much as us, buy it over at Bandcamp.

’Masego x Medasin ~ Shut Up & Groove’
’Masego x Medasin ~ Bounce’
’Masego x Medasin ~ TrapScat (Get Loose)’
’Masego x Medasin ~ Sego Hotline ft. Krs.’
’Masego x Medasin ~ Throwin’ Shade’
’Masego x Medasin ~ Sunday Vibes’
’Masego x Medasin ~ Girls That Dance’
’JR Jârris – Love Be Like Ft. Masego (Medasin Remix)’
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