With TIME Festival set to take place next month, we present you with the top 5 acts you definitely need to see.
As one of Toronto's burgeoning young festivals, TIME showcases an all-star cast of visionaries representing the diverse musical spectrum. Taking place at Fort York, the all-day affair will feature a plethora of talented artists, but who should you pay the most attention to? In order to make sure you know the must see acts that you might not be aware of, we've put together our main highlights. Each artist touches on a different genre altogether, so be ready for something new around ever corner.
Check out our picks below and don't miss any of these sets on August 6th.
Arguably the best live set in the industry, KiNK is one of the most creative artists innovating with live techno and house. At this point the Bulgarian is a true veteran of the scene, and his immense knowledge of dance music is put forth in everything he does. Be sure to get a good spot in the crowd when he takes to the OverTIME stage as he is very animated behind the controls, often picking up his gear to reveal what he's playing.
In the world of synth based dance music, Chrome Sparks is king. The Future Classic affiliate has been steadily supplying us with futuristic and imaginative electronic productions that defy genre classification, while his live sets seamlessly transition from house to downtempo rhythms. He will be performing on the OverTIME stage as well and will undoubtedly deliver a standout set. His debut album is expected to be released next year via Counter Records/Ninja Tune, so expect to hear loads of new music.
We have been raving about Kehlani for the past few years as she's been steadily picking up steam due to her distinctly fresh and original material. Fusing futuristic Hip-Hop beats with a R&B crossover, her flow stands out whether she's rapping or singing lush vocals. You could compare her to today's biggest superstars like Rihanna or Beyonce, except those artists seem to be adapting to Kehlani's style rather than the other way around. She's too raw and unique to be mainstream, but we can see her continuing on the trajectory to the top of the charts very soon. She just released a pair of new tracks in 'CRZY' and 'Distraction' this July, but is an album in the works? Don't sleep on this huge talent and be sure to see what all the fuss is about when she takes the stage at TIME. "Everything I do, I do it with a passion. If I gotta be a bitch, I'mma be a bad one."
Today's house music is evolving at a rapid pace, but Jonas Rathsman has remained true to his sound since he burst onto the scene in 2011 with the French Express crew. Now he's broadened his horizons with releases on iconic labels like Crosstown Rebels, Diynamic Music, KX, and Method White, and is undoubtedly one of the most exciting DJs pushing the deep and melodic sound that new fans are gravitating to. Being featured regularly on BBC Radio 1 and earning high praise from industry trendsetters like Pete Tong and Annie Mac, the future is indeed bright for Rathsman. Look for him to tear up the dancefloor at the OverTIME stage as the vibes will definitely be strong.
One of Hip Hop's brightest young talents emerging in recent history is none other than 21-year-old Joey Bada$$. Hailing from Brooklyn, his original material stands out in today's industry as he possesses a varying flow in order to showcase the scope of his artistry. His versatility is also what attracts fans to his sound as he can effortlessly spit bars over a hard hitting beat or a soulful melody, like the track posted below. Be sure to catch this unique artist on the Main Stage as he's a headliner you definitely can't miss.