With weekend one of Coachella now in the books, it is clear that festival season has officially begun on the West Coast. It’s all you're going to hear people talking about, and it’s time to get used to your bank account looking emptier than usual. With that in mind, there’s another desert festival in April that is becoming increasingly hard to ignore: Further Future.
Thrown by members of the Robot Heart team, who gained recognition through their now ubiquitous Burning Man sunrise bus sets, the festival provides an eclectic mixture of musicians like Nicolas Jaar, Caribou, Four Tet, and Lee Burridge, a speaker lineup that includes Alphabet Inc./Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt and iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman, pop-up dinners from Nobu, and virtual reality demos.
Although the festival is outside Las Vegas and consists of 60+ artists from across the world, it’s clear that LA provides a strong influence. The program includes a bevy of musicians from the City of Angels, pop-up dinners from local chefs Jason Neroni (The Rose) and Michael Bryant (The Larchmont), and a house and techno heavy lineup that is a match made in heaven for LA's underground club culture.
You can learn more about the musicians representing Los Angeles below and enjoy an exclusive video performance from LA based singer and multi-instrumentalist Low Leaf, who will perform a sunrise set at Further Future with a full band. More info on the festival here, which takes place from April 29 - May 1 in the Mojave Desert.
Revered for her harmonious vocals and luscious harp abilities, Low Leaf is a free spirit from LA that is a clear standout from much of Further Future’s lineup. Her electronic meets acoustic music is a breath of fresh air that's hard to ignore. She is on the verge of releasing her new album Palm Psalms: A Light to Resolve All Darkness, and you can hear an exclusive track from that release below called "It Is Within."
Deeply rooted in the ever growing beat scene of Los Angeles, Daedelus is a wizard when it comes to mixing elements of electronic and hip-hop through his spastic live performances. Signed to the Flying Lotus championed label Brainfeeder and also associated with Ninja Tune and Alpha Pup, Daedelus has watched over the LA scene for years and continues to be a favorite at Low End Theory. You can prepare for nothing but energy when he takes on Further Future.
Telefon Tel Aviv
Originally hailing from New Orleans and Chicago, Telefon Tel Aviv now calls Los Angeles his home and is returning after a six-year hiatus following the tragic death of bandmate Charles Cooper. Now, after stepping in as a touring member of bands like Nine Inch Nails and Puscifer and releasing music under the alias Sons of Magdalene, Joshua Eustis is allowing the project to resurface and will play one of his first shows since returning at Further Future. Get a taste for the Telefon Tel Aviv sound below.
Another clear standout on the Further Future lineup this year is The Pharcyde. The legendary group from South Central is the only rap artists on the bill and recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their game-changing album from 1995, Labcabincalifornia. While their music is a far cry from much of the house and techno sounds that populate the lineup, fans will get the chance to hear classic collaborations from the likes of J Dilla when they take the stage.
Tropic of Cancer
Combining dark vocals, haunting instrumentals, and an overall ambiance that mixes elements of rock with an electronic touch, Tropic of Cancer is an LA based musician that portrays nothing but pure emotion with each release. It’s the type of music that will sit perfectly with the desert breeze of the Mojave, performing early in the morning on Sunday after sets from Low Leaf, Pedro Aguiar, and Stèv.