10 tracks to get you buzzing for Longitude 2018
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If this playlist doesn't excite you, you're either old or dead
With this year's Longitude festival creeping closer by the day, we can barely contain ourselves with the thought of the incredible spread of acts playing this year's event.
2018 has to be one of the strongest in the festival's six-year history; along with the superb Red Bull Woodlands line-up (if you'll forgive our lack of modesty for a moment – but it is an absolute scorcher of a bill), you have some of the biggest names in rap, hip-hop, R&B and electronica playing Dublin's Marlay Park from July 13th - 15th.
With that in mind, we've put together a playlist that'll have you buzzing with anticipation for three days of musical mayhem.
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1. SOLANGE – 'Cranes in the Sky'
Are you excited for Solange's first-ever Irish gig? 'Cos we sure are. The lesser-known but no-less-talented Knowles sister released her third studio album 'A Seat at the Table' back in 2016 and we've been dying to hear songs like this one performed live ever since. This could be really, really great.
2. MIGOS – 'Bad and Boujee'
Rap's hottest trio arrive in Dublin for their first Irish gig at Longitude and given their standing on the scene right now, it's been a major coup to land the Atlanta group. They formed in 2008 but it wasn't until Donald Glover's Golden Globes shout-out to them in early 2017 (for this song) that their star began to truly ascend. Delve into their back catalogue, however, and you'll find plenty more where this came from.
3. ANDERSON .PAAK - 'Bubblin''
His last album 'Malibu' was on constant rotation 'round our way in 2016, and his forthcoming record 'Oxnard Ventura' is shaping up to be just as tasty when it's released later this year. When it comes to versatility, this is the guy to catch at Longitude.
4. SOLARDO – 'On the Corner'
There's plenty of rap, hip-hop and R&B on this year's bill – but Manchester duo Solardo are proudly repping the house and electro scene. We're beyond chuffed to have them on the Red Bull Woodlands stage, mainly to hear the likes of bangers like this one...
5. TRAVIS SCOTT – 'Goosebumps'
He may be better known for being Kylie Jenner's baby daddy by the general non-record-buying public, but Travis Scott's output over the past five or six years has been seriously impressive at times – particularly songs like 'Goosebumps', with hip-hop's man-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar. With his third album 'AstroWorld' set for release this year, expect a few new tracks thrown in amongst the bigger numbers.
6. SZA – 'The Weekend'
You know how it is – you get to a festival, you go a bit mad for a day or two and then you need something to soothe your weary head. This is where SZA will come to your rescue. The Missouri-born neo-soul singer won us over with gems like this tune, but there are plenty more blissed-out tunes where that came from.
7. SAMPHA – 'Blood On Me'
This year's Longitude line-up is undoubtedly dominated with some high-profile American artists, but electro-soul Londoner is flying the flag for Team GB. Having won the Mercury Prize last year, Sampha Sisay's stock is at an all-time high – and can you blame him for feeling cocky, with tunes like this one in his back pocket?
8. KHALID – 'Location'
Yep, Khalid is playing Longitude this year – bet you missed that one, huh? Picture the scene: the sun's going down in the early evening, you have an ice-cold bevvy in hand and the opening bars of this so-laid-back-it's-horizontal tune ring out. Does it get any better? Hard to believe that a) he's still only 20 and b) this track was his debut single. We're buzzing to finally be able to see him live.
9. J. COLE – 'ATM'
He may be a stalwart of the scene when compared to the rake of youngsters on this year's bill, but do not miss J. Cole's Saturday headline set by any means. The hip-hop star, producer extraordinaire and self-taught pianist has a flow to be reckoned with, as well as a serious degree of whimsy to his output – as evidenced by this recent single.
10. BOOTS & KATS – 'Feels So Good'
Sometimes, people, you just wanna dance – and that's where Boots & Kats step in. The Red Bull Woodlands stage is set to be a hive of stellar activity across the whole weekend, but these Irish boyos – who have played for us at many an event in the past – always bring the party vibes thanks to gems like this. We can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves this time 'round.