Electronic, hip-hop artists to take the stage this week

Francisco Marin

It’s been nearly two years since the release of YACHT’s last album, See Mystery Lights,but if front man Jona Bechtolt’s recent Twitter feed is any indication of the band’s activity, YACHT has never been better. The Portland-Marfa-Los Angeles collaboration makes idiosyncratic synthpop and has toured with LCD Soundsystem and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Austin-based electronic dream poppers Love Inks open the night.

A lot has changed since Melbourne-based band Cut Copy released their first full-length album, Bright Like Neon Love, in 2004. Whereas their first release was a dreamy, feverish venture into electronic dance music, 2011 album Zonoscope was the band’s clearest and most precise vision yet. Zonoscope finds the band leaning more toward electronic rock ‘n’ roll, although the result is no less satisfying. Like-minded electropoppers Holy Ghost! open up the night with their brand of DFA-approved Italo-disco jams.

No rap album in 2010 drew as much vitriol and praise at the same time as Curren$y’sPilot Talk II. With appearances and samples from Big K.R.I.T., Raekwon and Erykah Badu, Pilot Talk II was spacious and contemplative for a rap album — something that wasn’t completely lost on fans of the burgeoning “stoner hip-hop” canon that includes Wiz Khalifa and Smoke DZA.

Although electropop might have reached its peak as bands such as MGMT and hot messes like Uffie took to the charts, there’s always been something consistent and timeless about French electro-dance group Yelle. Four years in the making, their upcoming album, Safari Disco Club might be a little darker than their bubbly 2007 debut, Pop Up, as evidenced by recent single “La Musique.”