The Pitchfork Music Festival will enter its tenth year in Chicago on July 17th through July 19th, and the festival will be headlined by Chance the Rapper, Wilco, and Sleater-Kinney. This marks the second year in a row a hip hop recording artist will headline the event, the first of which was headlined by Kendrick Lamar in 2014. The other artists on the festival lineup include Run the Jewels, Future Islands, iLoveMakonnen, New Pornographers, A$AP Ferg, Vic Mensa, Parquet Courts, and more.
Chance the Rapper just announced he is dropping his Surf album, though he has yet to give a release date. It will be a collective effort with Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment. “We’re working on all this music, but this project in particular is a Donnie Trumpet project. My music, with their influence and ideas, plus us all coming up with crazy shit to do. But at the end of the day, it’s my directing,” Chance the Rapper told Billboard magazine. Chance promises to be in the background on most of the album, but he is going to add music production and rap verses on a few songs.
The rapper told Fader magazine that there will be a ton of features on the project, and some of the songs will feature a lot of artists at one time; he also mentioned he wants each song to feel like a year’s worth of music. So far, Chance has not revealed who will be featured on the album, besides Noname Gypsy and a singer named Raury. The rapper doesn’t want the focus to be about who is or isn’t featured on this project; he says he just wants to make great music. The project will be an album made “without musical boundaries.” Last year, Chance, Donnie, and Social Experiment released the song “Sunday Candy” online; it is said that fans can expect more music like “Sunday Candy” on the Surf album.
Chance mentioned the band is currently working on implementing Social Experiment and Donnie Trumpet into his live shows. The Social Experiment also scored the instrumental for a short film directed by Jake Schreier; the silent short film is titled “Nothing Came To Me,” and stars model Cara Delevingne. “I was already putting together Nothing Came To Me when the band decided it was kinda like a movie score. So I started with one pass of a melody,” Donnie Trumpet said in a statement. He added, “I wanted to display as many possible emotions by recording different layers so I played moving chordal horns under the melody.” Fans of Donnie Trumpet and Social Experiment can check out the band’s music on Soundcloud.