Every time I start to hate on NY summers I am confronted with the fact that more awesome music happens here during the fleeting hot weather that we call summer than in most cities whole year’s of music happenings. This summer is set up to be no exception and PS1‘s always rocking Warm Up
summer concert series kicked off last week with all the awesomeness we’ve come to expect from them. The courtyard of the former school and current modern art mecca has been transformed yet again for the summer, this time with multiple moving polls and nets that hold up tons of colored balls, water misters and dip down into a small pool for wading at it’s center.
The kick off party featured minorprogression favorites Delorean headlining as well as performances by the incredible Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang (one of our new favorites) and Glasser another recent happy discovery.
Glasser play female fronted electro pop and have a great ep under their belt however, their live set left a bit to be desired. Perhaps some of this is due to the fact that the sound was pretty turned down for their set but we were left feeling a bit let down. Check out their ep however, we think it’s pretty rad.
The biggest hit and surprise of the afternoon was Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang. I have rarely gotten dancing so hard in the middle of the afternoon. Janka Nabay came to PS1 all the way from Sierra Leone but his backing band looked straight out of Brooklyn. Looking at Janka in his eccentric and whimsical African attire and his backing band of white boys and girls sporting colorful African inspired garbs we all did a little snicker. We had no idea what we were in store for. Soon after the music got rolling and the guitar set in we couldn’t help ourselves.
We danced and smiled clear through the whole set, nearly falling off the stairs a good number of times. Nabay’s style of music is known as Bubu music, a style that hails from his homeland. Nabay is the first to really push the Bubu style into the contemporary and he did so on Saturday with great force and clarity. Everything was in its right place and his set made us fans for life.
minorprogression favorites Delorean headlined the event and as always got everyone feeling laid back and dancey. Since they dropped their newest full length Subiza a few months ago, they have been getting more and more popular and it was a treat to hear their music, which is summery and effortless by nature, in such a warm and energized outdoor environment. Though their energy seemed a little tame after the raging set by Janka Nabay, they still maintained enough enthusiasm in their set to keep the courtyard moving in the heat. We didn’t stop dancing till they were through and were left wanting more.
Delorean play a lot in New York this summer and I highly recommend checking them out if you like breezy, dancy, pop music. They will impress you and your friends.
The rest of the summer warm up series looks to be just as awesome and we can’t wait to catch Air France and Ratatat’s DJ sets this upcoming Saturday. Fuck the Siren Fest folks,
Air France for life!
Here’s one of my favorite Delorean tracks!