We already touched base on what to expect at this years Elements here, but we wanted to hit you with another installment of our ‘Top 5’ series. This year’s Elements lineup is jam packed with diverse talent ranging from deep house, to dub, to funk, back to future bass and music for aliens. With headliners by the likes of Gramatik, Klingande, Claptone,Mija and one more to be dropped, the line up already stands strong, but what about some of the smaller names you may not be as familiar with?
Bleep Bloop aka Aaron Triggs has been making waves on planet Earth with his own unique style of glitch-bass music. His productions, to say the least, have an incredibly refreshing style of weirdness that leaves you satisfied and possibly a bit confused as sub-frequencies lead you on an intergalactic journey. With support from artists by the likes of DJ Craze, Noisia, DJ Shadow, Boyz Noize and 12th Planet, in addition to remixes & collabs for artists such as Space Jesus, G Jones, and Mad Zach, you can already get a sense of the head banging weirdness to ensue. Check out Bleep Bloop’s Pentocular Mixtape here.
If you’re a fan of deep house, Le Youth is the guy for you to see. After catching him for the first time myself at this past year’s Buku Music & Art Project in New Orleans, I was definitely impressed by his smooth transitions and song selection, which perfectly fit the vibe of his sunset performance. Expect to hear smooth basslines with a heavy disco influence, but don’t be completely surprised when you hear some bouncy dance floor smashers being dropped as well. We grabbed some 360 video of Le Youth’s BUKU Music + Art set you can check out here.
If house music isn’t your forte, make sure to check out the futuristic bass maestro Prince Fox. Classifying his musical style as “Future Pop,” Prince Fox displays a soundscape full of anthem-like synths to accompany uplifting and upbeat pop vocals. His remix of SNBRN’s track ‘Raindrops’ feat. Kerli has been played over 6.5mil times on Soundcloud and provides an ample example of the music he’ll be playing.
Pop music isn’t for everyone, in which if you’re seeking something with more underground vibes, such as Burning Man house vibes, then Be Svendsen should definitely be on your schedule. His minimalistic techno – disco style is contagious, making it impossible to not vibe along. His productions and music selection while DJ’ing hints toward cowboy western and Spanish influences which help shape his unique sound. Check out Svendsen’s sounds here from his Sunday morning Burning Man 2015 set.
More house music, but the best kind of house music. The Dirtybird kind. If you aren’t aware of Dirtybird records by now, you must be living under a rock as the record label has had astronomical growth over the past year following pristine guidance from label bossman Claude Von stroke. Von stroke certainly has an ear for picking up true talent, one of his main Dirtybird players being none other than Justin Jay. Justin recently embarked on his ‘Fantastic Voyage’ tour after releasing a 2 part album full of musical brilliance. The whole album was created by Justin and his friends from college with one goal in mind; to reinvent the sound of house music. Needless to say, they accomplished this feat beautifully, producing an entire album of ‘lounge vibes’ (chill house beats) accompanied with soothing vocals, subtle piano chords, and guitar melodies. Justin even remixed one of his own tracks on the album creating truly blissful late night house vibes hitting you with a hard yet uplifting bassline that pounds throughout the track.
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This is a festival you do not want to miss out on!