When: Fri., July 29, 9 p.m. 2016
FRIDAY, JULY 29 YOUNG BULL/TRANDLE
Live hip-hop offerings in the Triangle seem to follow a boom-and-bust cycle, with weeks of occasional, infrequent shows followed by densely packed sequences where it's simply impossible to see everything. This Friday, with two exciting young groups in Durham slated to play shows across town at the same time, is one of those crowded occasions.
Young Bull, the musical project of former Durham School of the Arts classmates Gabe Fox-Peck and Tahmique Cameron, may not have a big physical footprint yet in the Triangle, but the group has amassed thousands of digital listens over the past year with a slew of one-off singles and creative covers. Now, the group is ready to release its first full-length album with a celebration at Motorco. Despite an eclectically ambitious musical mission statement that seems like it could be doomed for breezy, jazz-hop mediocrity (inspired by "Marvin Gaye, J Dilla, and Billie Holliday"), Young Bull's musical backing feels complex and intentional. Cameron's vocals immediately stand out as pleasantly warm and surprisingly refined for an unheralded local act, as he demonstrates on "Sophisticated."
Less than two miles to the southeast, The Shed hosts Trandle, aka Randy Maples, a twenty-year-old DJ and producer who's at the forefront of Durham's buzzing beatmaking scene. When Moogfest announced its move to Durham two years ago, organizers probably weren't eyeing the then-unknown Trandle for its 2016 bill. But as an affiliate of the Durty Durham arts collective and founding member of the new beat showcase Raund Haus, Trandle put himself in front of the right people at the right time. Soon enough, he was playing the same festival as GZA in his hometown.
Young Bull and Trandle share a city, but little in the way of musical propensity. Where Young Bull soothes and swings, Trandle makes beats that are equal parts jolting, jarring, and crashing—in the most satisfying of ways. But both are key to a budding, multi-dimensional young music scene that won't be dominated by one genre. Your tastes may vary, but if if you're interested in the next wave of musical talent in Durham, you won't be at home Friday night. —Ryan Cocca
YOUNG BULL: MOTORCO, DURHAM9 p.m., $8–$10, www.motorcomusic.com
TRANDLE: THE SHED, DURHAM8:30 p.m., $5, www.shedjazz.com