By: Vanessa Tam
VANCOUVER — Nevermind all those hyped-up music festival lineup announcements—what’s happening here and now in Vancouver is more important, anyway. Live in the moment and meditate on which hip hop and electronic music shows you’d like to check out this month, woosah.
May 12 @ The Biltmore Cabaret
Hailing from Washington, D.C., intellectual rapper Oddisee, real name Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, got his first real break in the music industry by producing and performing the track “Musik Lounge” on DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Magnificent LP. Releasing a new studio album this year titled The Iceberg, el Khalifa sparks fresh dialogue around the current political climate in America.
Groundwerk 2 Year
May 13 @ Vancouver Art and Leisure
Local electronic music incubator Groundwerk is celebrating their second anniversary this month with a full day of workshops, panel discussions, and performances hosted at Vancouver Art and Leisure. Furthering their goal to serve as a hub for musicians by sharing knowledge, creating mentorships and fostering new connections, Groundwerk continues to be a pillar of Vancouver’s local music community.
May 21 @ The Vogue Theatre
One of the greatest new female rappers on the scene right now, Young M.A., also known as Katorah Marrero, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and is best known for her 2016 hit single “Ooouuu.” An impressive lyricist and performer, Marrero is unapologetically herself in her music and is poised to do whatever the hell she wants with her career.
May 21 @ Celebrities Nightclub
Celebrating Hessle Audio’s 10th anniversary this year, Ben UFO is one of only a few DJs from the UK able to make a name for himself without starting to produce his own music. Gaining popularity through the emerging dubstep scene in London, Ben UFO has developed his sets to showcase the more unfamiliar and experimental aspects of electronic music.
May 24–25 @ The Commodore Ballroom
Simon Green, commonly known as Bonobo, is a downtempo musician, producer, and DJ who’s currently on tour promoting his latest studio album, Migration. Known for his use of organic instruments layered over obscure samples and minimal drumbeats, Green’s music takes on a meditative quality that allows the listener to seamlessly immerse themselves deeply into his world.Ben UFO, Biltmore Cabaret, Bonobo, Celebrities, Celebrities Nightclub, Commodore Ballroom, Groundwerk, Oddisee, The Biltmore Cabaret, The Vogue Theatre, VAL, Vancouver Arts and Leisure, Vogue Theatre, Young M.A.