Electric Zoo Festival 2012: What You Need to Know – Friday: Sunday School Grove (Vagabundos)

If you were fortunate enough to see Luciano’s set last year in the Sunday School Grove tent, it should be blatantly obvious why he and his Vagabundos are curating their own lineup. Known for his smooth and sultry brand of techno while being able to seamlessly throw pop acapellas (‘Toxic’ by Britney, anyone?) over tracks, Luciano has become an underground legend, much akin to Loco Dice and Marco Carola. Expect to hear some amazing unreleased Cadenza (Luciano’s label) material from the master himself, but also expect some curveballs and abstract deep house in this tent by guys like Mendo and Argy. The Cadenza sound seems like the perfect way to kick off the Sunday School Grove at this years Electric Zoo, as it is tasteful, groovy and not overwhelming. The vibe in this tent will be nothing short of amazing, and that is a guarantee. Before the full breakdown after the jump, be sure to check out all of our previous guides!

The Basics & Friday: Main Stage
Friday: Hilltop Arena (Group Therapy)
-Friday: Riverside (Fools Gold Clubhouse)

Who You Can’t Miss

Reboot- This is an absolute no-brainer. Aside from being a remarkable producer and releasing MASSIVE tracks on renowned labels including but not limited to Cadenza, Cocoon, and Matthias Tanzmann’s Moon Harbour, Reboot’s live show is fantastic. He rarely comes to the U.S, but consistently plays for thousands at the biggest festivals across Europe. Hearing him close his set last year with an edit of James Blakes ‘Limit to Your Love’ was astounding and the crowd reaction was utterly insane. Do yourself a favor and check out this amazing Cadenza mainstay on Friday. He will be playing right before Luciano, and frankly, Luciano himself might even have a hard time following up…

Reboot – In The Sky
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Under The Radar Performer

Argy- For many, the vast majority of the artists on the Vagabundos lineup might be unfamiliar, inherently making them all ‘under the radar’. However, one performer who may not have a massive fan base in the States but has firmly established himself across the pond would be Argy. At just 23, this young DJ has already created his own label (These Days), released tracks on Cadenza, Coccon, and Pokerflat, and perhaps most impressive have been his opening sets for Luciano at the legendary Vagabundos night at Pacha Ibiza. If you find yourself in the Sunday School Grove for Argy’s set, be prepared to hear everything from big electro cuts from Moby, to beautiful deep French house from Agoria.

Osunlade – Envision (Argy Vocal Mix)

Who You Can Pass On

Frivolous- This portion of the guide is always the hardest part, especially due to the fact that all EO members are outrageous househeads so passing on anyone seems like blasphemy. However, Frivolous seems like the DJ to pass on in the Sunday School Grove on Friday for two reasons. First and foremost, all the artists listed have cultivated a certain sound that seems to fit perfectly with Luciano and the Vagabundos brand. Mendo, Robert Dietz and Argy certainly share a vibe within their productions, and Reboot and Luciano are the leaders of the pack, and they have developed it. Besides being the odd man out, he seems just ODD in general. Let the video below speak for itself.


What We Want to Hear

Cassius – The Sound of Violence (Luciano Remix)
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Mendo – Inocencia 
Tim Green – In Love (Robert Dietz Remix)
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  • August 21, 2012


    That clip of Frivolous is the weirdest shit I’ve seen in a while. I’m gonna go out of my way to see his set.

  • August 24, 2012

    Chris T.

    I usually don’t want to be up close, cause music is about hearing and dancing, not seeing, but I’m with TBR on this one, want to see that weird shit.

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