Update your playlist thanks to the Worldwide Festival…

Posted on 11 July 2011

I have to admit, after five days dancing at the sixth Worldwide Festival, I struggle writing this post… Yet, I’m putting the effort as I do think you should consider attending the next one, either in Singapore or Sète (South of France – see the pic). The Worldwide Festival is organised by the über famous DJ Gilles Peterson and the styles of music are as eclectic as the name of the festival suggests. We’ve seen and heard artists from the UK, France, US, but also from the Congo, Japan, Iceland, Germany, Singapore, Kenya… etc with artists such as LeFtO, Simbad, Raphael Saadiq, Konono Number One, Gilles Peterson, Brandt Brauer Frick, Flying Lotus, Cut Chemist, DJ Harvey, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ghostpoet, etc… As for the styles, there really was a bit of everything: house, electronic, hip-hop, dubstep, acid-jazz, trip-hop, blues, drum and bass, and even (sadly) a bit of pop.


The good thing when you attend such a festival is that, given the wide variety of sounds, you necessarily discover a few new ones. The bad thing is that you don’t necessarily enjoy everything! That being said, most artists were brilliant, even if in their own way. But we have to say that a few were particularly mind-blowing, namely Simbad, Cut Chemist, LeFtO and Flying Lotus. Incidentally, all four of them are accomplished DJs with wide international experience. Altogether, their beats transported each and every one of us to the heaven of electronic music… and this is particularly pleasurable when you dance on a beautiful beach…


Anyway, enough said, we suggest you rather listen to some of their stuff… the Soundsory radio that starts when you open this blog already broadcasts a few of their sounds. There will be more to come. Meanwhile however, we encourage you to watch LeFtO’s own short videos of the Festival… and to check these artists out!


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