UKHH Summer Sickness: A Hip Hop Guide to Outlook Boat Parties
Outlook Festival announced an impressive fleet of boat parties this week with tickets going on sale today. Here’s our pick of which excursions to sign up to for the best hip hop on the decks on the deck. Get on board!
WHAT TO EXPECT: “Expect party vibes start to finish. We have live acts but we’re about DJs laying down the perfect soundtrack for a boat party on the Adriatic Sea under the sunshine. Hip Hop, Trap, Grime, Jungle/DnB & everything in between.” (Ivan – Boom Bap)
WHAT TO EXPECT: Mayhem! The motley crew of MCs and DJs manning this ship/collective have been mad prolific straddling genres, crews and labels over the last few years with affiliations including The Mouse Outfit, Ape Cult and Blah Records. Expect the unexpected. LEVELZ releases have defied pigeon holes but often seen lyricists known for hip hop muscling their way into grime and beyond.
WHAT TO EXPECT: “The yearly High Focus Boat party at Outlook Festival has become the stuff of legends, not only is it one of the first to sell out every year, but I’ve been told by the organisers and the various sea captains that have taken us out over the years, that it’s by far the rowdiest one of them all… don’t miss out and hop on board! JEHEEEZZE!” (Molotov – High Focus)
Diplomats of Sound:
WHAT TO EXPECT: Perfect blends of Neo-Soul and Hip Hop with a Mancunian twist, LayFullStop and Children of Zeus bring the perfect summer sound track. Nostalgic soulful sounds with a new school twist and bars for days.
UKHH Summer Sickness: Outlook Festival
We’re hyped to announce Outlook Festival as the second of our UKHH Summer Sickness recommendations! Renowned amongst festival goers for its unique heartbeat centred around sound system culture and all things bass, the four day event also has a long running history of cramming a tonne of UK hip hop talent onto its line-ups. Growing itself and its reputation steadily for over a decade, the combination of bass, Croatian sun, beaches, a giant abandoned fort and legendary boat parties, makes Outlook the obvious way to see off the summer with a bang!
To celebrate the Festival’s continued support of the UK hip hop scene and general reputation for sun-soaked insanity, UKHH will be hosting a bunch of related content leading up to and after Outlook. Expect features, interviews, line-up updates, exclusive on site bars and highlights of the event documented in HD.
No surprise that the line-up so far is already boasting an army of talent. UKHH ones to watch include Levelz and Friends, Ocean Wisdom, Children of Zeus, Peanut Butter Wolf, High Focus Records (Dirty Dike, Fliptrix, Jam Baxter, Coops, Ed Scissor, DJ Sammy B-Side, Molotov, Talos), Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose, Kojey Radical, Melanin 9, Sonnyjim, Datkid, Pete Cannon, Gardna, Concept of Thought, Jman, LayFullStop, Free Wize Men and KinKai.
The carnage kicks off with an opening concert on the 5th of September followed by 4 days and nights of bass riddled goodness across 10 stages. For full line-up and tickets visit outlookfestival.com.
Coops – That Jazz
High Focus are clearly excited about the upcoming release from new signing Coops. February is looking to be a milestone month for the label. With the much-hyped sophomore Ocean Wisdom LP dropping shortly, in complete contrast ‘That Jazz’ pitches Coops as the next unexpected curveball from the scene-dominating outfit. With Wizzy stretching the HF spectrum in one direction, the crew’s latest addition looks set to expand it from the opposite end. This shit is Golden Era as fuck.
By no means a new name to the UK hip hop sphere, Coops is less of an undiscovered talent and more of an unsung hero. Quite deservingly, the MC is about to catch a new level of exposure. With a number of past releases combining a balance of rawness and introspection over old school influenced, chillin instrumentals, ‘That Jazz’ isn’t a stylistic departure, more a next step. Very reminiscent of the likes of new era/old school production legends e.g. Damu the Fudgemunk, the instrumental stylings courtesy of frequent Coops collaborator Talos, exude the sound of the mid-nineties with an added crispness that sounds current. Coop’s effortlessly sick flows on top, laden with a lazy cynicism, casual crudeness and new level of smoothness make this a guaranteed smokers anthem and late-night wind down selection.
The cinematically hazy video is pretty dope too.
‘That Jazz’ is available now to download and on a limited edition 7” Vinyl.