Underworld (UK), De La Soul (USA), Robin and The Backstabbers (Ro), Soundopamine (Ro), Karpov not Kasparov (Ro) and Otherside (Ro) are the new names confirmed for Fall in Love Festival which will take place on August 31st – September, the 1st 2019, at Mogoșoaia Palace, Bucharest (Ilfov). These artists join the previous artists who already joined the line-up: Liam Gallagher (UK), Disclosure DJ set (UK), Kaiser Chiefs (UK), Kovacs (NL), Șuie Paparude (Ro), The Mono Jacks (Ro), Jurjak (Ro) and Firma (Ro).
Underworld (UK), return to Romania at Fall in Love Festival, after 10 years since their first concert
Underworld, the British duo Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, have been one of the most pioneering and influential electronic acts in the world for more than twenty years. In that time, their music has transcended club dancefloors and provided soundtracks to everything from iconic movies („Trainspotting”) to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games (for which they were handpicked as musical directors).
Rick and Karl met in Cardiff in the early ’80s and spent the following decade working together in a succession of bands with varying levels of success (highlights included a stint in the studio with Krautrock godfather Conny Plank and a Top 10 single in Italy as Freur). After splitting up an earlier version of Underworld (usually referred to as „Mk 1”), Rick relocated to Romford, Essex where he built a studio in his spare bedroom. A new version of Underworld began after Smith met a local up-and-coming DJ, Darren Emerson. Emerson’s sets in London clubs proved influential on Rick who began making music inspired by the sounds of UK’s nascent dance scene.
After a brace of singles released under the name Lemon Interrupt, the reinvigorated Underworld released „Mmm Skyscraper… I Love You” – a thirteen-minute blueprint for their future. Sounding unlike any other electronic record of that era (or since), the 1992 single fitted Karl’s hallucinogenic monologue to a rolling, relentless rhythm track. The dynamic may have been that of a band; the execution was something far more otherworldly. The album that followed – 1994’s hugely acclaimed dubnobasswithmyheadman – seamlessly blended man and machine to create ‘dance music utterly unlike any other dance music’ (Mojo).
De La Soul (SUA) – for the first time in Romania, at Fall in Love Festival
The American hip hop trio will sing for the first time in Romania at Fall in Love.
In 1987, a trio known as De La Soul formed from Long Island, NY roots and changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it. Now, for over 20 years they have rocked us with their De La songs full of inscrutable samplings, whimsically irreverent lyrics, social commentary, light rhythm and laid back rhymes. They are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres.
Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo, the three who formed the group in high school, caught the attention of producer Prince Paul with a demo tape of the song „Plug Tunin’”. With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band’s debut album, „3 Feet High and Rising”, has been called „a hip hop masterpiece” and was the band’s biggest commercial success to date. The Source magazine listed the album as one of their top 100 hip hop albums of all time, stating that „its true genius is rarely understood”. In 2006, the group won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single „Feel Good Inc”. In 2011, the group earned Top 5 rankings on both NPR and Soul Train’s year end „Best of” lists. In 2016, De La Soul launched a new album entitled „And The Anonymous Nobody”.
Thought their career, the trio have gained respect within and outside the hip hop community with their contributions to rap, as well as jazz, funk, soul and alternative genres. Not only are their musical innovations acclaimed and respected worldwide, but they paved a path for many alternative rap groups to come after them.
Robin and the Backstabbers (Ro)
Robin and the Backstabbers are a known name within the Romanian artistic scene, established in 2010 at the initiative of Andrei Robin Proca. Members describe the band’s music as „melodramatic pop” and 8 singles # 1 on Radio Guerrilla and a first successful album are among the successes which brought the band to the attention of music enthusiasts.
In 2015, the band released a second studio album, „Bacovia Overdrive Vol. II: Archangelsk”, the second part of the next trilogy called Bacovia Overdrive. Its release was preceded by „Music in Songs”, a song with a video in which the members of the band appear alongside several known Romanian actresses, like: Ana Ularu, Diana Cavaliotti, Andreea Vasile. The single „Cosmonaut”, released afterwards, alongside a nostalgic and personal video, seem to complete the story of the second album, both appreciated and controversial.
In 2018’s spring, the band’s story continued with the launch of the new song entitled „/în /îm /pre //ună”, which also announced their future album „Vladivostok”. This was followed by another new pieces „Oțelu Măcelaru”, the newest single of Robin and the Backstabbers.
Soundopamine is a duo live act combining warm micro cosmic grooves with the human touch. They are a fresh breath of air in the Romanian music scene, always keeping the crowd craving for more. Chris & Natasha are a lifetime musicians that met at the courses of the National Music University in Bucharest, back in 2012, creating their own everyday paradise soundtrack ever since.
In 2017, the duo toured around in Eastern Europe, (click to play) being spotted playing both in alternative locations and on the stages of events & festivals. 2018′ had even a better energy, as they started by being nominated as one of the 2018 artists with a significant rise. The summer brought a collaboration with the Open Air crew in Portugal which culminated with a party under the stars in central Lisbon.
Karpov not Kasparov (Ro)
Local heroes in their native Bucharest but also quite active musical tourists, Karpov not Kasparov have been carrying their instruments throughout Europe during the past four years, playing their very energetic live set in alternative venues from Berlin, Milano, Vienna, Florence, Hamburg, Basel, Torino, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Prague, Lille or Budapest.
The duo began making music based on the rules and strategies of chess. It might seem complicated but the output is always a very danceable melody, sometimes inspired by Oriental folklore (because chess is an Oriental game) and always mixed with powerful 80’s dancefloor sounds.
Otherside is purely soul, free and electric, a Bucharest born project. Art, in the performance and sincere environment, is something we care deeply about, and we’d love for you to take our art on a spin.
FALL IN LOVE FESTIVAL will open its gates during 31st of August – 1st of September 2019, at Mogoșoaia Palace (Palatul Mogoșoaia, Bucharest, Ilfov), to celebrate the transition from the last summer day to the first autumn day, in a fairytale like natural set-up, together with some of the most loved international and Romanian musicians.
Fall in Love Festival 2019 passes, general access, are available for Lei 179 + taxes/ pcs at www.bilete.ro and in the Bilete.ro national network, the first category for these passes being already sold out.