With Nola’s own BUKU Music + Art project right around the corner, we here at Run the Trap wanted to give this amazing festival the recognition it deserves by counting down our most highly-anticipated acts for the weekend. From future bass to rap, we took on the difficult task of narrowing down BUKU’s stacked lineup to 10 artists that we feel deserve your undivided attention. Peep our selections below and have fun going hard this weekend!
With his sophomore LP slated for release sometime this year, Harlem fashion killa A$AP Rocky is one of the many impressive headliners set to take the BUKU stage this weekend. From his acclaimed mixtape Live. Love. ASAP to his debut album Long. Live. ASAP, Rocky has a diverse arsenal of tracks under his belt including everything from smoked-out stoner anthems to straight up street bangers. Known for his ecstatic stage presence Pretty Flacko throws one hell of a show, one you definitely don’t want to miss.
Catch A$AP Rocky Friday @ Power Plant: 8:00-9:00
There’s a reason why VICE’s Thump named Porter Robinson Artist of the Year in 2014. With the release of his debut album WORLDS last August the 22-year-old producer essentially turned ‘EDM’ on its’ head. His unique approach challenged traditional dance music norms and genre boundaries, in turn helping him produce one of the most enticing and progressive electronic albums we’ve heard in a long time. With a live show boasting instrumentation and 100% original music, seeing Porter is a no brainer for anyone who claims to love dance music of any form.
Catch Porter Robinson Saturday @ Float Den: 12:00-1:00
You can’t have an intelligent conversation about modern trap music without mentioning RL Grime. In the past year Henry Steinway has been on an absolute rampage, unveiling to the world his debut album VOID and subsequently going on a nationwide tour with stacked support from Branchez, Lunice, and others. Grime’s b2b set with Baauer at last year’s BUKU was nothing short of legendary and this year has the potential to be even better. Don’t miss out on the trap lord himself dropping bombs at the Float Den.
Catch RL Grime Friday @ Float Den: 8:30-9:45
Thank the trap gods that the #HoodieBoyz themselves are back at BUKU again. If you’ve never had the privilege of seeing the Floss dudes go to work now’s your chance. The Chicago duo is renowned for their absurdly turnt-up performances; seeing Josh and Kurt live is more of an all-encompassing experience as opposed to your average DJ set. Coming off of a massive collaboration with Troyboi (see below), we have no doubt that Flosstradamus is going to murder it like they always do.
Catch Flosstradamus Friday @ Float Den: 10:30-11:45
Run the Jewels
Consisting of NYC-based rapper/producer El-P and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, Run the Jewels have been trailblazing the rap game since their eponymous debut LP in 2013. Gritty, unfiltered and hard hitting, RTJ has set themselves apart from the crowd and redefined what hip-hop can sound like in 2015. Combining hype rap with electronically-influenced beats, these guys are one of the most unique acts set to perform at BUKU. Don’t sleep!
Catch Run the Jewels Friday @ Ballroom: 7:00-8:00
No producer in the game is as forward-thinking right now than Honolulu’s own Mr. Carmack. To put a genre label on this man’s work would be a crime; to not appreciate his machine-like work ethic would be an injustice. The guy puts out so much material that there’s even a SC account – Mr. Carmack’s Secret Gems – with 30k followers purely dedicated to keeping up with this crazy beat slayer. Get funky with this experimentalist and you won’t regret it.
Catch Mr. Carmack Friday @ Float Den: 3:30-4:30
ODESZA found breakthrough success in 2014 thanks to their critically acclaimed sophomore LP In Return. On top of that the duo’s “Say My Name” remix contest practically broke the internet, with producers from around the world scrambling to get a piece of the Seattle band’s success. On the frontline of the future bass craze, ODESZA’s unique sound and evocative live show will get you feeling some type of way.
Catch ODESZA Saturday @ Float Den: 7:00-8:00
The king of bass is back again and better than ever, performing as the main electronic headliner this year at BUKU. Regardless of your musical preferences, the Bassnectar experience is one you simply don’t want to miss. In case (somehow) you’re not familiar, Lorin Ashton has been one of the leading figures in electronic music for the past 10 years. Bassnectar has proven again and again to be a driving and influential force in the industry, whether it be through his live sets or his insanely creative production. His most recent LP Noise vs Beauty is no exception. Do yourself a favor and get the whole crew to come through for Bae-nectar.
Catch Bassnectar Saturday @ Power Plant: 9:45-11:00
Ahh, the infamous Borgore. Controversial lyrics aside it’s without a question that Asaf is one of the most talented and skilled DJ/producers out there. That being said, he’s also a character and one of the most eccentric and hilarious artists you’ll ever come across. From dubstep to rap to everything else, Borgore’s sets are as unpredictable as he is. Don’t miss this OG producer slay the float den on Saturday.
Catch Borgore Saturday @ Float Den: 8:30-9:45
While he might be best known for his Kanye West productions or his late side project TNGHT with Lunice, Hudson Mohawke is a critically acclaimed producer in his own right. His forward-thinking approach to electronic music has set him apart from the crowd for years now; HudMo’s ‘Chimes’ original was one of the biggest trap records of 2014. If you’re looking for something fresh and unique (with a ton of rap music), look no further.
Catch Hudson Mohawke Saturday @ Ballroom: 10:30-11:30