In 2010, I went to my first big festival – Roskilde Festival. It was an awesome experience that I won’t forget anytime soon.
I initially bought a ticket cause Drake was supposed to be come, but he cancelled like a week before and I was so gutted. I decided to go anyway and I’m glad I did. I got to see Gorillaz for the first time and it really put me on to their music – I had only listened to their radio hits at the time, but after watching Damon perform live, I was so excited to listen to Plastic Beach (released that year) and it’s one of my favorite albums now.
Muse and The Prodigy were other great concerts that stand out from that year, but I did make one mistake, that I now regret! I went home a day earlier and didn’t get to see Prince because of it. Now, that’s a missed opportunity, but you live and you learn, I guess.
One artist that surprised me that year was Vampire Weekend. I had initially only heard the song Cousins and I liked how strange it sounded (at the time), so I decided to go check out their concert at the festival.
The settings were perfect for the concert. The sun was up high and it was really warm. I think there was something like 90% girls and 10% guys, but it was awesome how everyone was just having a good time. Good vibes all around and if anyone has ever listened to their album Contra (which they had released that year), it isn’t hard to imagine why everyone was radiating good vibes.
This experience really put me on to Vampire Weekend and I must have listened to Contra for the rest of the summer. And it’s still awesome to put on, if I want to force myself into a good mood – I dare you to try!
That was a long background story as to why I have chosen to post this song today. The other day, I was reading an article from Stereogum: What Have Vampire Weekend Been Up To Since Modern Vampires Of The City. This is where I discovered that Chris Baio, the bassist, went on to work on his solo project. I checked out some of his music and I really love the production on it. Especially his older stuff without vocals that’s just straight up electronic. You can hear some of the Vampire Weekend vibe in the tracks and I love that – It’s like he took the Vampire Weekend sound into a new genre and it ended up sounding just like you would expect.
It does remind me a bit of Jamie xx’ sound, so if you like that, you should definitely give this one a listen!