Moogfest 2017 is around the corner. The celebration of music, art, tech, and culture hits Durham NC on May 18-21, 2017. To prepare for Moogfest 2017, here’s a roundup of playlists to get you in the mood and familiar with the lineup:
Moogfest 2017 Artist Playlist – Spotify
This curated playlist features highlights by Moogfest 2017 artists. At 58 sounds and just under five hours long, it’s an excellent primer for those seeking to familiarize themselves with Moogfest 2017 artists in advance of the show. Recommended picks include “Every Ghetto” by Talib Kweli feat. 9th Wonder and Rapsody, “Enssa El Aatab” by Omar Souleyman, “Stranger Things” by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, and “Dangerous Days” by Zola Jesus.
Synthesize Love: Vol. 1
A major theme of Moogfest 2017, carrying over from 2016, is inclusion. As such, there’s been the Synthesize Love playlist series. Vol. 1 features the likes of S U R V I V E, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Mndsgn. I suggest “Methods” by Charizma, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Kanpai BMI as well as “Floating Cube” by S U R V I V E. At just over an hour, it’s an excellent playlist which features several artists performing at Moogfest 2017.
Synthesize Love: Tasha the Amazon
Tasha the Amazon curated this Synthesize Love playlist. Among Tasha the Amazon’s inclusions, there’s a song by Tasha The Amazon (“Prayer”), as well as “The Rain” by Missy Elliot and “SpottieOttieDopalicsious.” It’s probably my favorite of the Synthesize Love playlist series. But I’m probably a bit biased, as Tasha included “Raise Up” by NC rapper Petey Pablo. Mad props Tasha.
Synthesize Love: Suzi Analogue
Suzi Analogue curated an amazing playlist as well. Her selections channel the vibes of Herbie Hancock, Bjork, and J Dilla. “Body Movi'” by J Dilla and “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock rank among Suzi’s top selections. There’s also “Lionsong” by Bjork, a hypnotic tune.
Synthesize Love: Black Quantum Futurism
Moogfest 2017 features Moor Mother as a headliner, and a new theme of Black Quantum Futurism. This curated playlist explores that idea with nods to afro-futurism. So what can you expect? George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog,” Betty Davis’ “Politician Man,” “Ain’t No Time” by Future, and “Shadows of Tomorrow” by Madvillain and Quasimoto.