It’s that time of year again, the time to reflect upon what happened at Electric Zoo. You’re thinking about what your favorite set was, which song you heard a million times and which act you really want to get to know as a result of seeing after accidentally stumbling into a tent (hey it’s happened to us all.)
Sunday School Tent
aka Mecca? At any one point over the weekend there was a critical mass of EO staff members holding it down in Sunday School. One staffer said it was the best time he had had at EZF since the inaugural event in 2009, while our managing editor named it the only place to be on Saturday and Sunday (with the obvious exception of Above & Beyond on Saturday at the main stage). Sunday School provided a safe haven for the experienced festival goer and house music lover, refuge that wasnâ€™t found at the other, ridiculously crowded stages. Kudos to the festival organizers for growing the event exponentially â€“ this is testament to their ability to produce an incredibly well run festival and respond to the needs and wants of its patrons. But for those of us who attend multiple festivals and shows a year, the Sunday School tent meant you could find your friends, get a beer easily and be incredibly stimulated by a never ending stream of wildly artistic and unique sets. Here you found an emphasis on bass drops and not melody drops, and no one clad in neon smudged your sneakers returning to Earth after said SICK drop. In fact, there was no jumping here, just straight dancing and musical appreciation. Thank you Made Event for making Sunday School fun.
Joining the school of young bloods out there is Popeska - a super talented 19 year old producer out of Atlanta who just finished his first full EP entitled ‘Karmameter.’ Testimony to his prowess is the EP is set for release Sept. 17 on Kindergartner Recordings, Wolfgang Gartner’s newly rejuvenated label. Anyone the wolf man endorses is kosher in our book.
A further testament to Popeska’s abilities was his opening set for Wolfgang Saturday night at the Kindergarten Records launch party held at WIP in NYC (yes that club where Drake and Chris Brown got into a tiff). Despite being almost danced out from Electric Zoo, Popeska really got the crowd rumbling and caused chatter about just who this kid was. Glad we found out. We are truly looking forward to hearing the full length EP upon its release Sept. 17.
Archie & Fareoh are back in the studio, with their newest release ‘Feathers’ following up their massive ’2012′ track put out earlier in the namesake year. The two youngsters are making a name for themselves, with Archie producing furiously from Russia and Fareoh going on the road with this little-known guy named Kaskade for his Freaks of Nature tour.
‘Feathers’ brilliantly displays the duo’s mastery of the piano chord but this is not a fluffy track, despite the floaty characteristics usually associated with the title. Not only is the track great to listen to, the two have put it up for free download. Add ‘Feathers’ to your fall playlist stat.
If you have heard of Passion Pit (which you 100% have), you should also know about Shuttle. Also known as Nate Donmoyer, he is not only the drummer for the esteemed pop band but a talented producer in his own right. He is on the tip of our tongues having just released an EP entitled ‘Halo,’ available for purchase now on iTunes. All of the tracks fall into a dreamy, industrial genre rife with The namesake tune ‘Halo’ is unabashedly catchy and boasts an unexpected breakdown and etheral vocals.
Check out Shuttle on Facebook and Twitter – and like him while you’re at it.
Shuttle – Halo
Shuttle – Whip
Shuttle – Apple
Shuttle – Wake Up
Veterans Gabriel & Dresden were members of the Group Therapy stage Friday at Electric Zoo and their set ran the gamut of old and new. Starting off with a mash-up of one of the undeniable songs of the summer and EZF, ‘Allein, Allein’ and ending with their classic ‘Tracking Treasure Down,’ Dave & Josh kept it real. Their sets are always amongst the most fun and uplifting of any festival.
Holy smokes Bart B More burned up the Riverside Tent on Sunday with his signature brand of Dutch house. This is definitely a live set that you want to take a listen to. Just a warning, you may experience some serious EZF deja vu.
Axwell is arguably the best producer of the Swedish House Mafia crew and certainly the most experienced. He showed off his DJing chops on the second night of Electric Zoo as the headline act on the main stage. Starting off deep and heavy with an ID track we are dying for in real life, he then moved on to the more familiar ‘Greyhound’ and thus off into the progressive from there.
The Bingo Players have an uncanny knack for producing insanely popular tracks (‘Rattle’ ‘L’Amour’ ‘Mode’) that get played out by just about everybody. We’re not sure what’s in the water over there, but their set Saturday was a well woven web of original tracks and a multitude of electro tunes.
DJ SET: Bingo Players @ Electric Zoo Festival 2012
Ferry Corsten played to the loyals in the trance Group Therapy tent Friday. Despite all the recent controversy surrounding his Justin Bieber remix, his set was a well rounded mix of newer progressive and some classic trance (hello BRUTE). Thanks for keeping it real, Ferry.
DJ SET: Ferry Corsten @ Electric Zoo Festival 2012
Nicky Romero is a part of the new breed of electro house producers running the crowds ragged as they dance to the edgy sounds and glitchy productions of the genre. Yesterday’s set was no different. Get your electro house fix for the morning right now.
Nicky Romero @ Electric Zoo Festival 2012